Climate Emergency!

June – October 2021

Climate Emergency! UPDATE Monday 18 October 2021
Moved petition to Brentwood Climate Action

Brentwood Climate Action has taken on the petition with my blessing. I recommend you join them by completing their joining form and even if you don’t join, that you confirm your support for their petition, which is very much the same demand. I plan to continue this campaign in that context.

Climate Emergency! UPDATE Sunday 8 August: Brentwood Climate Action group inaugural meeting

An excellent motion from Labour Councillors Tim and Gareth Barrett, asking Brentwood Council to declare a Climate Emergency, was unfortunately voted down by the Conservatives at the Council meeting on 28th July.  This was despite Essex County Council and numerous other Essex Councils having already done so. For the sake of our future on this planet, we cannot afford to let this drop.  

A group of us are therefore starting a Brentwood Climate Action group.  The inaugural meeting is at 7.30 pm on Thursday 12th August, at the Chicken and Frog Bookshop, 30 Crown Street, Brentwood, CM14 4BA.   Please email me:  susan.kortlandt@btinternet.com or register if you would like to attend – either in person or digitally. If you have not already done so, please also sign my petition to Brentwood Council below.

Brentwood Council must declare a Climate Emergency

Few people can be unaware of the campaign by Greta Thunberg (and many others) to alert the world to the dangers of global warming and calling for immediate action to reduce CO2 levels and limit temperature rises to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C.

The Government’s own advisers say that the UK is woefully unprepared to deal with changes occurring to the climate.

A report just published by the independent Climate Change Committee predicts warming will hit the UK harder than first thought. It warns of more severe heatwaves, more intense rainfall, with an increased flood risk across most of the UK. It says homes, infrastructure and services must be made resilient to floods, heat and humid nights.

The authors of the report on adaptation, or “climate-proofing”, warn that global warming can cause damage running into tens of billions of pounds over short periods – and they say they’re frustrated at the lack of government action.  They say the UK is even worse prepared than it was five years ago at the time of its last report on the risks of climate change. 

Councils and Parliaments around the world are responding by declaring a “Climate Emergency” and committing resources to address this emergency. Brentwood Council has taken a few tentative steps in this direction – e.g. planting trees, but I believe they need to do much more, and with considerably more urgency, to make the Brentwood Borough carbon neutral by 2030.

I have therefore set up the following petition. If you are a resident of the Brentwood Borough Council area, please sign it before July 25 2021, so that we can demonstrate our determination to limit climate change. I will then submit the petition to Brentwood Borough Council in advance of the Full Council meeting due to be held on Wednesday 28 July. AS SOON AS YOU CAN!

Thank you.

Susan Kortlandt, 130 Warley Hill, Brentwood, CM14 5HB.

Climate Emergency!

This petition is now closed.

End date: Oct 18, 2021

Signatures collected: 76

76 signatures