CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY I know a lot of people are very concerned about climat…

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CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY

I know a lot of people are very concerned about climate change and what local politicians are doing about it.

To be entirely honest, the situation in Hampshire is a bit mixed. Some politicians understand the seriousness of the problem and are acting upon it, whilst others are making the right noises, but doing very little. A small minority continue to deny that this is even a problem.

So, the good news is that Hampshire County Council almost immediately accepted that Climate Change is to be treated as an emergency. There was no political battle. Across Hampshire, there is cross-party support for actions and work is already underway.

The bad news is that Conservatives on New Forest District Council would not support a Liberal Democrat Motion to declare Climate Change as an emergency. There are some key members who continue to deny or doubt that there is an issue.

Liberal Democrat Councillors pushed the issue on Totton & Eling Town Council and it has been eventually formally accepted that climate change is an emergency.

Of course, actions speak louder than words. One of the current barriers to action has been the emphasis on dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. I can understand this but the climate change crisis will still be with us when the pandemic has either gone away or reduced in impact.

At an individual level, some local Councillors are running or supporting projects that will make a difference. The challenge can seem overwhelming, but if everybody did something, the collective response could make an amazing difference.

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