ePetition details

Climate Emergency Petition

We the undersigned petition the council to 'declare a Climate Emergency and review the council's current carbon reduction plans to establish the actions needed to be compatible with 1.5°C degrees warming and to bring the timescale forward from 2050 to 2030'.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise. It also confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and local authorities.
The report provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change. However, the key messages from the report are:
- Human influence on the climate system is clear
- The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts
- We have the means to limit climate change and build a more prosperous, sustainable future

Keeping warming to 1.5°C or less may still be possible with ambitious actions. Councils around the world are responding by declaring a Climate Emergency and committing resources to address this emergency. As part of a wider plan to reduce carbon emissions, in keeping with less than a 1.5°C rise, we urge the District Council to take the following local actions:
- In the Local Plan move development away from the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation
-Discourage the use of motor vehicles and encourage walking, cycling and public transport
-Take steps immediately to remediate the Air Quality Action Area
-Prevent as much as possible through traffic on the District's roads in residential areas and through and near the Forest.

This ePetition ran from 25/04/2019 to 25/07/2019 and has now finished.

13 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Requested by lead Petitioner to extend the date to the full 3 months.