Leader of council’s confused response to question on carbon neutrality commitment

Onlookers were left wondering whether the leader of the Isle of Wight council had even read the letter from the ‘climate emergency’ march last week, when he was asked a question about it at last night’s meeting and replied by talking about a different subject.

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A question to the leader of the Isle of Wight council last night about carbon neutrality left onlookers baffled.

Cllr Michael Lilley asked the Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Cllr Dave Stewart,

“Is the Isle of Wight council looking at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) October 2018 report and is the council going to abide by the carbon emission parameters and the council to be carbon neutral by 2030?”

Not only did Cllr Stewart’s reply not answer the question, but he responded by talking about a completely different subject – the council’s policy on the Southampton clean air zone and its affect on Island tourism.

Onlookers were left wondering whether Cllr Stewart, the leader of the Isle of Wight Conservative councillors, understood the question or knew anything about the IPCC report.

Rise of the Extinction Rebellion
The October report by the IPCC is one of the factors driving the rise of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement across the globe, which on Saturday saw 200 Islanders march through the Newport calling on the Isle of Wight council to join other councils around the country and globe to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’.

As reported on Monday, a letter was delivered to the leader of the council about this very subject (see below).

More information about the IPCC October 2018 Report can be found on several sites on the Internet including the the esteemed science journal, Nature.

The Letter
XRIW say that to date twelve councils around the UK have declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and their hope is that the IWC will be added to this list in the near future.

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Thursday, 17th January, 2019 11:05am


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Steve Goodman
Confusion continuing from as early as December 3rd last year? That’s when I asked his colleagues on the audit committee, immediately before their discussion about investing millions off-island, if the council had considered the costs of failing to act in response to our climate emergency, and if not, why not? The answer (in one word, no) was sent later, and prompted my written question to the scrutiny… Read more »
Steve Goodman

Sorry; confi’s comment has reminded me that I omitted another mailing to Dave and the rest of the cabinet for their meeting last week, the details of which I have now provided here.


Just for once I sympathise with Cllr Stewart having heard the question about climate emergency being raised so inarticulately to him at the December Cabinet Meeting.

Steve Goodman
? Not aware of a public Cabinet Meeting listed during December; the record shows none between November 11th and Jan. 10th, which reminds me that Dave and the gang got another mail from me on this subject which I’m told was openly acknowledged by at least one of them at last Thursday’s cabinet meeting. I wrote “Dear Cabinet Councillors Now we all know that we can no… Read more »
Steve Goodman

Dear Cabinet Councillors

Now we all know that we can no longer kick down the road the long delayed decision to start changing policy urgently in reaction to our climate emergency, when will the council join the lengthening list of local authorities which have declared the emergency?

(A helpful recent BBC item, if needed

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45775309?fbclid=IwAR1JzeXJVYj6vlFZ6F2h7InfVaMmmwVas8w1XIvKwMvpUndOXbOaoNHSgBk )


You are correct, the question was posed by Tanya Rebel at the January Cabinet meeting.

Steve Goodman
Dave might deserve some more sympathy if he demonstrated the sort of reaction to emergency alerts reasonably expected from someone who not only worked in an emergency service but also then chose to take responsibility for leading local service delivery to about 140,000 people. And regarding shooting the messenger rather than dealing with the message; thanks to IOW Radio I’ve seen and heard a recording which shows… Read more »