Report on Global Warming
In October 2018, the United Nations Special Report on Global Warming provided a global wake-up call when it advised that the number of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere needed to drop significantly by 2030 to prevent catastrophic climate change. This prompted an increase in demands from young people, environmental groups, and wider civil society to declare a global climate emergency and to take urgent action to respond to the challenge.
Since then, both the UK and the Scottish Government and many local authorities have declared a climate emergency and there is strong agreement across political parties, generations and sectors that a step change is needed in activity to tackle this challenge to our existence. Scotland’s 2019 Climate Change Act has set challenging national targets to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2045.
How Stirling Council is responding to the Emergency
Since that meeting, Council staff have developed a Climate and Nature Emergency Plan, while continuing to deliver existing projects that will help reduce global warming emissions, reduce resource use, conserve and enhance nature, and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.
A draft Plan was made available for comment between 9 March and 4 May 2021 on the Council’s public engagement platform, Engage Stirling. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the draft Plan was also carried out and an Environmental Report produced. All feedback comments received during the consultation have been collated, alongside Council responses, to produce a SEA post-adoption Statement.
The Climate and Nature Emergency Plan was adopted by Council at its meeting on 24 June 2021. Delivering a sufficiently robust and radical response to the climate emergency will be extremely challenging, requiring action across all Council services and significant collaboration with the wider public sector, our voluntary and business communities, and citizens. In addition to the undoubted challenges, the changes required will also provide significant opportunities for Stirling to modernise and transform the local area while reaping the economic benefits from a just transition away from fossil fuels, development of a more circular economy, and enhancement of the natural environment on which we all depend.
Last updated: Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:02 PM