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Stroud District Councillors call for a joint climate change taskforce

Published: Friday, 22 October, 2021

Stroud District Councillors unanimously supported a call for partnership working on climate action between national and local government, at last night’s full council meeting (21 October).

Earlier the same day Council Leader Doina Cornell addressed the Climate Gloucestershire (COP26 Gloucestershire) event about the role the public sector has in tackling climate change.

And in ten days’ time, the international climate summit will begin in Glasgow with a goal of accelerating action towards combating climate change.

The SDC motion, proposed by Cllr Steve Hynd (Green) and seconded by Robin Layfield (Labour and Cooperative) resolved to urge the President of COP26, Alok Sharma MP; the Prime Minister and the Local Government Association to create a joint local and national government climate change taskforce as soon as possible.

Cllr Chloe Turner, Chair of Environment Committee said:

“Stroud District Council was among the first to declare a climate emergency, and hundreds of other local councils have since followed suit. However, local authorities, including Stroud District Council, are already leading in many aspects of the Net Zero agenda, but they could go so much further and faster if given the scope to do so.”

"We recognise that the response has to come from all tiers of government, from businesses and from private individuals. We must all work together and this is our call to help us to do exactly that." 

1. The text of the motion approved by Council can be found at item 14a on the agenda
 
2. Stroud District Council is committed to work with local residents and businesses to respond to the climate and nature emergency. Information on how to get involved can be found on our website:

3. Further information on the United Nations Climate Conference.

 

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