Cross-party call for Isle of Wight council to declare a Climate Emergency and reduce carbon emissions

A motion led by Green councillor, Michael Lilley – to be seconded by Conservative councillor – is calling on the Isle of Wight council to commit to urgent action to reduce carbon emissions on the Island.

climate emergency banner by chris jones of chemical garden

The Independent Green councillor for Ryde East, Michael Lilley has confirmed to OnTheWight that he plans to bring the Climate Emergency debate back to county hall.

Yesterday (Wednesday) MPs joined local authorities and universities around the country to approve a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency.

What is a Climate Emergency?
Following the October 2018 IPCC Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, many local authorities, universities and now the UK Parliament have declared a Climate Emergency.

The report states the world only has 12 years to limit global warming or the consequences for the planet will be impossible to tackle. Those declaring a Climate Emergency commit to becoming becoming carbon-neutral by 2030.

A range of methods are being explored such as sustainable house building, electric car hubs and car-free days.

You can read the IPCC report in full on their Website The UK Government’s target (prior to 1st May 2019 vote) was to reduce carbon emissions by 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050.

Motion delayed until July
Cllr Lilley has been working with Conservative councillor, Steve Hastings, on the wording of the motion which calls on the Isle of Wight council to commit to urgent action to reduce carbon emissions on the Island.

Due to the European Elections and purdah rules, the motion won’t be heard until July.

Seeking cross-party support
Cllr Lilley told OnTheWight,

“Our aim is to get cross party support and consensus on the issue. Both of us, even from different political spectrums do believe in the adverse affects of climate change and the need to declare a climate emergency on the Island.

“I will be proposing the motion and Steve will be seconding it. “

Consulting with experts
Cllrs Lilley and Hastings will be using the time between now and the full council meeting in July to consult further with a range of local groups about positive ways to tackle local and national issues regarding the environment and climate change.

Cllr Lilley finished by saying,

“The Isle of Wight is fortunate to have so much environmental expertise to tap into regarding this urgent and lifechanging issue.”

The rise of Extinction Rebellion
In January over 200 Islanders marched through the streets of Newport to deliver a letter from the Isle of Wight branch of Extinction Rebellion to council leader Dave Stewart, calling on the council to declare a Climate Emergency.

In the next full council meeting when he was asked whether the Isle of Wight council would commit to becoming
carbon neutral by 2030, the leader replied by talking about air quality, leaving those looking on baffled.

IWC refuse to declare Climate Emergency
When Extinction Rebellion took the streets again in March (picking up another 100 residents, organisers say), they confirmed they’d still not received a response from the council leader.

A week later the IWC stated they would not declare a Climate Emergency due to ‘other priorities’.

Leader: ‘Climate extinction, emergency everything’ is ‘un-evidenced’
At the March Scrutiny Committee, Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Dave Stewart, said he’s “done some research” on the IPCC special climate emergency report, but believes the ‘climate extinction, emergency everything’ position is “un-evidenced”.

What is the IPCC?
The IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is a United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the objective of the IPCC is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC reports are also a key input into international climate change negotiations.

The IPCC is an organization of governments that are members of the United Nations or WMO. The IPCC currently has 195 members.

Read more about the IPCC on their Website

March through Newport
This Saturday (4th May) Islanders concerned about the effects of climate change will take to the streets again to show their support for the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Those wishing to take part or find out more should meet in St Thomas’s Square, Newport from 12.30pm.

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It would be great if the ferry companies could be compelled to use all electric propelled vessels within the next 5 years

iain mckie

The EU (which the Greens are so fond of) system of carbon credits paid Europe’s largest emitters 23 billion in subsidies, generated an excess 2 billion tonnes of ozone destroying gases, and increased carbon emissions in Russia and Ukraine by 600 million tonnes.

Greens want us to stay part of the European Union, but that doesn’t mean that Greens believe everything about the European Union is perfect! If there’s a choice between being in or out, on balance being in is better for the environment as well as for people. To take one small example, it was thanks to European legislation that there is no longer raw sewage going into… Read more »
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And, for good measure, the EU (which the Greens are so fond of) bio fuels policy has been slammed by FERN, OXfam, and Greenpeace for accelerating deforestation and increasing carbon emissions

iain mckie

And of course it was the EU (that the Greens love so much) that gave us the diesel scandal

iain mckie

And of course it was the EU (that the Greens love so much) that gave us the Common Fisheries Policy that has empties the seas of fish and, according to the UN, has Begun plundering waters off Africa endangering 1.5 million jobs and causing radicalisation among locals.

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Another legislative winner for the EU (which the Greens are so fond of) is the REACH standards for chemicals safety. It was so poorly administered that the EC had to conclude that 32 percent of all chemicals it was supposed to covers were deemed hazardous. So, in a nutshell the EU has increased carbon emissions, blown a hole in the ozone layer, emptied the oceans, and poisoned… Read more »

Strange how the founder of Greenpeace thinks “climate change” is a load of bolax. Could this just be another lie to get more tax from us ? Is this just selling the idea of Carbon Tax and the new currency for the Elite – Carbon credits.