A CLIMATE emergency is poised to be declared by Erewash council tonight (Thursday October 26).
Erewash’s Lead Member for the Environment Councillor Joel Bryan will seek cross-party support to for the move.
Councillors will be told when they meet at Long Eaton Town Hall: “The climate crisis is the most existential threat that our communities face, none more so than Erewash.”.
As global temperatures continue to rise, extreme weather events affecting the UK, such as Storm Babet, are likely to increase in future years unless more is done to reduce carbon emissions at a local and international level.
Cllr Bryan will refer to a warning issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stating that “urgent action is required to tackle climate change to avoid catastrophic long-term environmental impacts”.
Cllr Bryan said ahead of the full council meeting where the climate and ecological emergency is set to be declared:
“The council is facing severe budget pressures amid the economic squeeze but we cannot lose sight of our duty to future generations.
“We have to meet targets for transitioning to net zero. At the same time we are determined that residents are not being hammered to pay for it – so getting more money from the government and finding partners to work with is key.”
He pointed to a recent major refurbishment of Ilkeston’s Toll Bar House, which is a council-owned business hub. The office building now boasts low-carbon technologies including solar panels thanks to Erewash securing £126,000 of government funding.
He also confirmed that the council already buys its electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources such as wind and solar power.
Meanwhile, the most vulnerable households in the borough are benefiting from a council link-up with E.ON Energy Solutions to make their properties more energy efficient. In addition, the council is creating new nature reserves and exploring re-wilding opportunities across the borough to increase natural habitats for wildlife.