Climate & Ecological Emergency

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council has overwhelmingly passed a declaration of Climate & Ecological Emergency, proposed by our area’s Green councillors Simon Bull and Chris Rigby in fulfilment of an election pledge.

As a first step towards BCP Council’s operations becoming net zero carbon by 2030, on 1st October all council buildings across our conurbation switched to being powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Councillor Chris Rigby said: “I'm really pleased to see BCP Council make this switch, as a first step to reducing the carbon emissions of the Council. “We have got what we think are really achievable targets to meet by 2030. We’ve got plans already in place where we can manage and quantify what we’re going to be doing each year, and we’re going to be monitoring this until we do hit net zero carbon. We want to take the local businesses and residents with us as well, until we can achieve complete carbon neutrality throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.”

Councillor Simon Bull said: “Over 100 councils up and down the country have declared a climate emergency, and it is brilliant that BCP Council has joined that list and that we’re already seeing real action.”

BCP Council is consulting on ideas “to cut carbon, reduce energy, avoid pollution, minimise waste”: https://bit.ly/2pWxo1f 

The local Green Party is holding a series of People’s Assemblies, open to all, to collaborate on what we as concerned citizens can contribute to local Climate & Ecological Emergency action.

In October, Alasdair Keddie, our Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Bournemouth East, made a speech outside the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy. He said "We must overturn the policy of Maximum Economic Recovery of Petroleum which legally binds the government to extract up to £40bn with of oil from the UK continental shelf".