Climate change is happening and is due to human activity, this includes global warming and greater risk of flooding, droughts and heat waves. The UK has already been affected by rising temperatures. Ten of the warmest years in the UK have occurred since 1990, with the nine warmest occurring since 2002.
Severe weather events in the borough have shown that the global issue of climate change is now a local problem. Recognising the need to tackle emissions locally and plan for the effects of extreme weather, the council has declared a climate emergency for the borough.
A climate emergency for the borough was declared at a meeting of Cabinet on 10 September 2019, following councillors unanimously supporting a motion to declare a climate emergency.
The emergency declaration set ambitious targets for the council to become carbon neutral in its operations by 2025 and for a net zero carbon borough by 2030 in recognition of the significant impact that climate change will have, particularly on future generations.
Alongside tackling our own emissions, we know we have an important role in helping the borough towards its 2030 target but we cannot do this alone. We are keen to play our part but our borough will only achieve its target if we all work together.
Shaped through public consultation and adopted in March 2021, our Climate Change and Air Quality Strategy sets out our approach to lead by example as we enable and inspire change, challenging and working with our partners, businesses, communities and others to cut emissions across Basingstoke and Deane.
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