Notice of Motion – Climate Change

Notice of the following motion has been given by Councillor Harper, seconded by Councillor McKay:

This Council notes with concern the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on global climate change impacts* and the recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)** reports on global species and habitat loss.

Further to this, Council:

(1) Declares its recognition of global climate and biodiversity  emergencies;

(2) Requests the Policy & Resources Committee to:

  • undertake a short review of MBC governance policies and progress aimed at addressing locally these twin threats and to report on findings;
  • consider a target date of 2030 for the whole of the Borough of Maidstone to be carbon neutral;
  • consider how the Council can strengthen local protection and enhancement of species, habitats and ecosystems services under available powers;

(3) Requests the Chief Executive to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer stating the concern of the Council with respect to the above, the likely national impact on the economy and on the wellbeing of citizens, and requesting government funding be made available to implement swift appropriate actions in response.

For information:

https://www.ipcc.ch/2018/10/08/summary-for-policymakers-of-ipcc-special-report-on-global-warming-of-1-5c-approved-by-governments/

** https://www.ipbes.net/news/media-release-biodiversity-nature%E2%80%99s-contributions-continue-%C2%A0dangerous-decline-scientists-warn