The Leader of the Council welcomes local passion for the need to address climate change

Leader of Kirklees Council Shabir Pandor has welcomed the passion shown locally on the need to address climate change.

One of our key priorities is the need to tackle climate change, shown through the recent publication of the council’s Climate Emergency Declaration which was passed by full council in January.

Cllr Pandor said:

“It is easy for us to say this is a global issue and the responsibility of others but that is not the case. We all need to make changes so that we are shown to be active in achieving change. It is wonderful to see our young people so passionate in wanting change for a better world for their futures.

Kirklees Council has shown its commitment to tackling this issue at a local level. I believe we are setting an example to others on what should be done.”

Cllr Pandor says Kirklees Council has its own plans to improve the environment right at the top of its agenda.

When did we declare a climate emergency?

We declared a climate emergency earlier this year in a bid to make a difference. The council immediately set up a cross-party Climate Emergency Working Party to drive these changes.

The Working Party will be presenting an action plan to Full Council in the coming months which will lay out how everyone across Kirklees can make a difference.

The plan will focus on reducing harmful emission, creating less waste and recycling more and exploring other ways of making a positive difference to the environment.

Cllr Pandor said:

“The conversation around climate change has never been so powerful and it’s inspiring.

We were one of the first councils to declare a climate change emergency. It’s something we are taking very seriously.

But this was much more than a declaration, it was a commitment to make a positive change.

It’s crucial we get this right and that we have a huge impact because there is no planet b. We have a dedicated team working hard to produce an ambitious plan which will make Kirklees a greener place.

I’m looking forward to receiving the final report of the Climate Emergency Working Group and implementing what will be a game-changing action plan for Kirklees.

I take heart that it is the younger generation who continue to remind us of the urgency of this issue and we will be organising a Kirklees climate emergency youth summit to make sure local young people help us shape this.

This emergency should make all of us stop and think about what we can do, as individuals, to protect the planet.”



  • This is all Greenwash! . Kirklees Council is both unwilling and incapable of taking the radical measures necessary to make a real difference. Stop cutting down healthy trees, digging up flower beds and lighting fires at your depots before you lecture others.

  • Where is your environmental strategy? Where is your ambition? There are politicians representing us who still don’t understand that we must reduce carbon emissions NOW. Planting trees in whatever number over 25 years is just a joke. Pointless platitudes.

  • We hear the comments that Plastics are the scourge of the environment having had several discussions with the environment department and advised that there is the technology to recover the basic raw material building block from all plastics rather than landfill or incineration i.e. Pyrolysis – Hydration – Chemical breakdown. I appreciate that this would require co-operation between several local
    Authorities who would have to share the costs of the plant but would also share in the profits from these processes selling the basic building block product to the plastics raw material manufacturers who are going face increasing costs of these raw materials via the OIL refinery method as internal combustion engines are replace with electric vehicles powered by fuel cell technology from Hydrogen

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