Liverpool City Region has joined a growing number of UK towns and cities in declaring a ‘climate emergency’ to complement its plan to become zero carbon by 2040.
The city region’s Combined Authority agreed the declaration at its annual meeting in May, the same month that UK Parliament made its own declaration.
Speaking at the meeting, Steve Rotheram, metro mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “As a city region we are already making huge progress in this area. We were the first in the country to adopt a zero carbon target of 2040 – ten years earlier than the nation target – we have launched a £10 million Green Investment Fund, we have the first fleet of 25 zero emission hydrogen buses coming to the city region next year, we have the Mersey Tidal commission and we already have one of the biggest wind farms in Europe in Liverpool Bay.
‘We can always do more’
“But I think we are all aware that we can always look to do more, so, following the request from the [young climate strikers] I met, and after consulting with the other members of the Combined Authority, I can announce that we will declare a climate emergency in the Liverpool City Region.
“This action demonstrates that we understand the pressing threat of climate change and the urgent need to act.”
Scotland, Wales and many local authorities across the country - including Preston, South Lakeland, Calderdale and Trafford in the North West - have also declared their own climate emergencies.
Posted under General Interest, Climate Change and What it Means to You and Public / Government / Charity on 12 June 2019