A Labour motion to put climate change and global warming at the heart of the Council’s agenda received cross-party support at the Full Council meeting at Nottinghamshire County Council on Thursday 16th May.
The motion, proposed by Councillor John Peck, Labour Member for Sherwood Forest, and seconded by Group Leader Councillor Alan Rhodes, called for a carbon neutral target to be set, and for the environment and sustainability to be considered in all decision making where relevant. Additionally, the motion called on the council to embark on a communication programme with residents across Nottinghamshire, to raise awareness of global warming, and identify actions that could be taken locally across the County to reduce our carbon emissions.
The Conservative’s, who were elected to run the Council in 2017 amended the motion to set a future date to work towards carbon neutrality, highlighting what the County Council were already doing in this regard.
Labour Councillors decided that although the amended version lacked some of the impact of the original motion, it was helpful to have cross-party support, and most importantly to get the motion passed at the Full Council meeting.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of the Labour Group who seconded the motion, said:
“I was delighted that the sentiment behind this crucial motion which seeks to reduce carbon emissions associated with services delivered by this council was so widely shared around the council chamber today. This issue is of such importance that we did not wish to play party politics, and so although we didn’t get our full wish list, by accepting the Conservatives amendment, this Council is now on the road to addressing the importance of the environment and sustainability in all its activities and services it delivers.
It’s vital that we reach out to our residents across the County, and let them know what we are doing, and what they can do to help – it’s everyone’s responsibility, and today’s motion is just the start of that so I’m pleased we could get the support for it”