At its meeting in May, Derby City Council agreed to declare a climate emergency in response to overwhelming evidence that we have 12 years left to make the necessary changes to limit a global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees C.
A Climate Change working group has been set up which will have wide representation from across the city. A plan of action should be in place by the end of 2019 to make the whole city 'carbon neutral'. Most actions needed to combat climate change are also good in other ways, like cutting fuel bills or making people healthier. All areas will need to make changes over the next decade or so to prevent even more damaging climate change.
Lib Dem Cllr Lucy Care, who proposed this declaration, said "Extremes of weather are already becoming more frequent, endangering all life. Meanwhile the government is not leading, just talking. Luckily more and more Councils are recognising the urgency. Many actions we need to take to combat climate change will also save money or improve health.
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