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Change Our District's Future

Canterbury City Council Declare a Climate Emergency

SUCCess for lib dem motion - Jul 2019

Canterbury City Council, through a unanimous vote of councillors at a Full Council meeting, has declared a climate change emergency and set a target for the council to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. This is a huge victory for all who have campaigned for this for many years. Who would have thought a few short months ago that we could gain cross party unanimous support for an issue that has been dismissed time and again in the past?

"We have a very small window in which to take action. There are costs involved, but not acting now will cost the earth. This is why we put our motion to the city council to declare a Climate Emergency to raise awareness, and support the public to take effective action."

Cllr Mike Sole

"This is no longer a fringe issue, 27 other councils have already declared a climate emergency. This is the chance for Canterbury to take its rightful place alongside other great cities such as Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester, Nottingham and Richmond by becoming a leader on an issue vital to all of our futures. We will feel the short term benefits in a cleaner and greener city, whilst doing our bit to tackle the global crisis."

Cllr Alex Ricketts

Read our Climate Emergency motion in full.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jul 17, 2019

    Liberal Democrat councillors Mike Sole and Alex Rickets have put forward the following motion that will be debated by Canterbury City Council at the Council meeting at 7pm at The Guildhall on Thursday 18th July.

    "This Council notes;

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's warning that we have 12 years to make the necessary changes to limit a rise in global temperatures to 1.5c. Failure to act will see a marked increase in sea levels and flooding, extreme and abrupt changes to weather patterns, crop failures, extinctions of plant, insect and animal species and global economic disruption and crisis. This will detrimentally impact on the well-being of the people of Canterbury and billions of people around the world.

  • Article: Jul 3, 2019
    By Martin Vye

    We Liberal Democrats campaign to see our nation consistently committed to a fuller liberal and social democracy that serves the whole country, not only its most powerful vested interests. We are dedicated to achieving that.

    That is surely the heart of the matter. We stand for the interests of the common man and woman because we ourselves are just that. We are bonded because we have the interests of society in common - not because we have vested interests in common.

  • Article: May 25, 2019
    By Caitlin Webb in Kent Online

    Care leavers under the age of 25 are one step closer to being exempt from paying council tax. Members of Kent County Council have agreed to pursue proposals brought forward by the authority's young people's council, made up of youths who have been in social care. It will approach the 12 district and borough authorities after discussing the plans at the full council meeting today.