Suffolk County Council makes climate emergency declaration
Suffolk County Council has declared a ‘climate emergency’, after members agreed a pledge to make the county carbon neutral by 2030.
A motion submitted by Green Party councillors, which called for the authority to investigate the ways it can cut down on harmful emissions on a spend-to-save basis, was approved by an overwhelming majority at a meeting in March, with 60 votes in favour, just one vote against and one abstention.
Green councillor Robert Lindsay, who represents an area including Lavenham and Bildeston, said he was delighted the motion had received strong support across party lines.
“We will now have to work very hard to ensure this is not just PR and that the council actually acts, and invests into real projects that cut carbon and doesn’t do things that increase carbon emissions,” Cllr Lindsay told the Free Press.
“It also needs to look at its whole growth strategy.
“What council officers and some councillors mean by growth is often code for more houses and roads. Both these add to carbon emissions rather than cutting them.
“I would prefer to see growth in cycling, walking and public transport, growth in the strength and resilience of our communities and small, independent businesses and growth in biodiversity.”
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