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.”