Call to aid town climate

Wetherby Town Council has declared a climate emergency and a new committee is being set up to tackle issues in the town.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 9:41 am

Town Councillors and members of surrounding Parish Councils were recently invited to take part in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation, part of Leeds City Council’s climate strategy.

Council clerk Iona Taylor said: “Leeds City has a target to be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest; something which will require local councils, organisations as well as individuals to work together to reach this target.

“With this in mind a public meeting has been arranged to kick-start the process of working out how Wetherby can take action.”

All members of the public, people interested in their local environment as well as representatives of clubs and societies from in and around Wetherby are invited to attend and find out more, including what they can do to help.

The aim is to develop a plan of climate action for the town.

Coun Connor Mulhall, who was present at last week’s meeting when members unanimously supported backing the move, and represented the Council at Climate Conversations, emphasised the need for effective green initiatives in Wetherby.

“The climate emergency has been a big topic this year, and it is vitally important we are serious in treating this as something which needs immediate action. “According to current predictions, Leeds will be using their allocated carbon budget in the next nine years.

“This was a budget that was meant to last until 2050.

“We will all have to play our part to make Wetherby a cleaner, greener town and next Tuesday’s meeting will be a chance for the public to express their opinion and form an action plan.”

Meanwhile Wetherby town centre grocers Johnson has taken steps to introduce environmentally friendly shopping for its customers. See page 21.

The climate change meeting will take place on Tuesday November 26 at 7.15pm in Wetherby Methodist Church.