Prior to today’s Sound the Alarm for Climate Change rally, yesterday’s full council discussed a motion put forward by Mayor Ros Jones.
Mayor Ros Jones said:
The threat that climate change poses to our planet is significant and we cannot overlook that we all have a part to play in tackling it. That is why I am asking council to support key actions that will help our borough do what it can to reduce our carbon footprint and help us become a more sustainable place in which to live and work. The choices we make at work and home have impacts on our resources and natural environment and we need to recognise this and act. Young people amongst others have shown they want to see change and as a council, I believe, we need to have this thinking as part of our DNA and support this change for the better.
The motion was seconded by Councillor David Shaw, and passed unanimously.
Team Doncaster partnership board, which Mayor Ros chairs, is also supporting change and will pledge to support making the borough more sustainable and to make more planet-conscious choices.
Here is the full wording of the motion:
(a) Sets a new target and action plan for Doncaster Council to become carbon neutral;
(b) Resolves to work with our partners, other local authorities and the Yorkshire Region on carbon reduction projects to ensure the UK is able to deliver on its climate commitments;
(c) Resolves to put sustainability, biodiversity and carbon reduction at the heart of this council’s agenda going forward supporting communities, business and individuals locally to make more sustainable choices, and
(d) Calls on the Government to provide the resources and powers so that Doncaster can make its contribution to the UK’s Carbon Reduction targets.