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Machynlleth Town Council at the 17th December meeting
At its Meeting at The Plas, Machynlleth on Monday 17th December 2018, Machynlleth Town Council unanimously responded to a 500+ signature petition calling for a Climate Emergency to be declared by passing a motion to support the request. They went on to :
1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
2. Launch an inclusive consultation to develop an action plan over the next 6 months to:
· make Machynlleth net-zero carbon as soon as possible;
· increase local resilience to climate impacts;
· maximise local benefits of these actions in other sectors such as health, agriculture, transport and the economy;
3. Call on Wales and UK Government to provide the support and resources to make this possible;
4. Work with other local areas, particularly the community councils and other partners in the Dyfi Biosphere;
5. Report within six months with the actions the town can take to address this emergency, for example increasing the energy efficiency of the Plas, or working with the town’s purchasing policy;
6. Agreed to discuss with Renew Wales how they might support this process.
- A number of people have been discussing how the community and local businesses might react to the changing climate.
- Increasing extreme weather events in the last few years have presented severe challenges to transport, agriculture and other services, though what we have experienced in the Machynlleth area is almost insignificant compared to many parts of the world.
- Unless we act on climate, we collectively face the greatest threat to our local and global environment. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5C report, states humanity has 12 years to turn this around. It is clear to many of us that we must act locally and globally.
- Numerous organisations have been working tirelessly for many years to try to prevent climate change, but change must happen faster. We need local wisdom and action to increase our resilience and to prepare for the changes already in the system
- Inspired by Bristol City Council, who recently voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency on Tuesday 13 November 2018, we call on Machynlleth Town Council to:
- Declare a Climate emergency
- Work with local citizens and organisations for a 6 month consultation period to come up with a zero-carbon plan as soon as possible that benefits the local economy, health, transport and agriculture
- Increase local resilience to climate impacts
- Ask for help from the Welsh and UK governments to bring the plan to fruition
- This is a summary of the more detailed proposal that ecodyfi and other concerned citizens are making. If you would like to see the full letter please email firstname.lastname@example.org