Notice of Motion

It will be moved by Cllr John Burden and seconded by Cllr Sarah Gow that:-

Gravesham Borough Council with this motion declares we have a climate emergency and we will begin to take action to prepare for the borough to become carbon neutral by 2030.

This may be a tiny step in the context of the long term global problem of climate change, but we believe the council should take a lead; taking action to reduce carbon emissions will also help make Gravesham a cleaner and more pleasant place to live in the short term.

This motion calls on the full council to:

Declare a climate emergency;

Pledge to do what is within its powers and resources to make Gravesham Borough Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;

Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

Continue to work with partners across the county and region to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies;

Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match-funding to support this commitment;

Complete a Green audit of all council services to ensure that weight is given to the environmental and sustainability impact as well as cost;

The Council will encourage plastic-free initiatives and support events intended to promote plastic reduction in the Borough

Set up a working group to report back within six months with the actions the council will take to address this emergency