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Suffolk County Council urged to make 'climate emergency' declaration

Endeavour House, Ipswich (7869348)
Endeavour House, Ipswich (7869348)

A motion calling for Suffolk County Council to declare a ‘climate emergency’ has been submitted, as the Extinction Rebellion social movement prepares for a public event in Sudbury later this month.

Green Party councillors will urge the county council’s Conservative administration to issue an emergency declaration when the motion is debated on Thursday, as well as pledge to make the county carbon neutral by 2030.

It also calls for an investigation into ways the authority can cut down on harmful emissions on a spend-to-save basis.

Robert Lindsay, who represents an area including Lavenham and Bildeston, said: “I hope the Conservative administration seizes this opportunity to show that they actually want to live up to their ambition of being the greenest county, plan ahead positively for new renewable income streams and take some leadership on the issue.”

This comes as the Extinction Rebellion confirmed its public talk in Sudbury has been rescheduled and will take place in the Friends Meeting House in Friars Street on March 26 at 7.30pm to raise awareness of the problems and potential solutions.

The event, titled Heading for Extinction and what to do about it, was originally set to be held last week, but had to be cancelled at the last minute after the speaker was called away due to an emergency.

Its organisers, Sudbury residents Laura Johnson and Theresa Munson, have praised some councils in the UK for declaring a climate emergency, but added that more needs to be done to follow this up.

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