Green Party calls for urgent climate action to stop floods

Selby Green Party is calling on Selby District Council to take urgent action in response to the Climate Emergency.

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 11:25 am

Its campaigners, led by Cherry Waters of South Milford, have asked the council to adopt an urgent motion containing four key elements.

The motion includes a declaration of climate emergency, and then makes a commitment to going carbon-neutral by 2030.

The proposal includes lobbying of national government for the powers and funding necessary to achieve carbon-neutral status, and finally reporting back within six months with a detailed plan of action on how to decarbonise.

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Cherry said: “Why is Selby the only district in North Yorkshire not to have declared a climate crisis?

“This is particularly hard to fathom as they are still clearing up the mess from the winter flooding in Goole, and places like Cawood and Tadcaster are suffering more and more flooding events.

“We have asked Ms Waggott (Chief Executive) not only to declare an emergency, but to explain what Selby’s plans are to do their bit towards mitigation of this.”