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Fair Oak Parish Council Backs Climate and Ecology Bill

Updated: Jan 5

As a Council that loves our planet and likes to ‘do our bit’, we are proud to announce that at our Council meeting on 16 October, members passed a motion, supporting the Zero Hour campaign to champion the Climate and Ecology Bill. What is the Bill all about? It’s a proposal for new legislation that addresses, using the most up-to-date science, ways the UK can support climate and nature recovery. If made law, the Bill would make sure the UK contributes to keeping global heating down to 1.5c and would reverse the destruction of nature by 2030.

By passing the motion, we show our support, alongside our peers, in the hope that the Government, at the Bill’s final reading on 24 November 2023, stands shoulder to shoulder with Local Government supporters, wildlife lobby groups and positive citizens in protecting the planet and giving mother nature a helping hand and enshrines this Bill in UK law. And, importantly, show the rest of the world that the UK cares!

The full motion is set out below and has been sent to our local MP: -

“Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt in the UK, and around the world. The global temperature has already increased by 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels and—alongside this—the natural world has reached a crisis point, with 28% of plants and animals threatened with extinction. In fact, the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world as more than one in seven of our plants and

animals face extinction, and more than 40% are in decline.

Climate change remains a major concern for voters with 66% of people (according to YouGov) expressing they are ‘worried about climate change and its effects’. Alongside this, the popularity of Sir David Attenborough’s Save Our Wild Isles initiative demonstrates public concern that UK wildlife is being destroyed at terrifying speed.

Climate & Ecology Bill

The Climate & Ecology Bill, a private member’s bill currently before the House of Commons, seeks to address the challenges that this situation poses by creating a whole-of-government approach to deliver a net zero and nature-positive future.

Based on the latest science, the Bill aims to align current UK environmental policy with the need to halt and reverse nature loss by

2030, which was goal agreed to at COP15, via the Kunming-Montreal Framework (22 December 2022); and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with a fair share of the remaining global carbon budget to give the strongest chance of limiting global heating to 1.5C, which was the goal agreed to at C

OP21, via the Paris Agreement (12 December 2015).

By bridging the gap between the UK Government’s current delivery, and what has been agreed at international levels, Britain has a chance to be a world leader on the environment; seizing the opportunities of the clean energy transition, including green jobs and reduced energy bills; and boosting the UK’s food and energy security.

This Council noted that:-

The Climate and Ecology Bill, which has been introduced in the UK Parliament on four occasions since 2020, including most recently in the House of Commons 10 May 2023. The Bill is backed by [168] cross-party MPs and Peers, [237] local authorities, alongside the support of eminent scientists, such as Sir David King; environmental NGOs, such as The Wildlife Trusts and CPRE; businesses, such as The Co-operative Bank; and 30,000 members of the public.

The Bill would require the UK Government to develop and deliver a new environmental strategy, which would include:

  1. Delivering a joined-up environmental plan, as the crises in climate and nature are deeply intertwined, requiring a plan that considers both together;

  2. Reducing emissions in line with 1.5°C, ensure emissions are reduced rapidly, for the best chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C;

  3. Not only halting, but also reversing the decline in nature, setting nature measurably on the path to recovery by 2030;

  4. Taking responsibility for our overseas footprint, both emissions and ecological;

  5. Prioritising nature in decision-making, and ending fossil fuel production and imports as rapidly as possible;

  6. Ensuring that no-one is left behind, by providing for retraining for people currently working in fossil fuel industries; and

  7. Giving people a say in finding a fair way forward through an independent and temporary Climate & Nature Assembly, representative of the UK population, an essential tool for bringing public opinion along with the unprecedented pace of change required.

Cllr Bird seconded the motion. All agreed the motion with one abstention.

As a Parish Council, we have undertaken a variety of nature-based projects and will continue to do so to help our village thrive. If you would like to get involved in supporting Fair Oak village’s nature recovery, head over to our volunteer sign-up page.

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