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Petition to Blackpool Council

Declaring a Climate Emergency in Blackpool

Our opportunity - Our Voice - Our future and together we can make a positive difference. We are facing a catastrophe climate breakdown. Leading scientists have warned that we now have 11 years to take emergency action on climate change or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. This includes worsening risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We must action urgently, starting by immediately declaring a national climate emergency On 8th October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a vital report on the state of climate science. They warned that if the planet warmed by 1.5C there would be some devastating consequences. Yet the consequences of allowing 2C warming would be truly catastrophic. Sir David Attenborough CBE, the amazing voice of BBC's 'Planet Earth' who put it even more bleakly "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much the natural world is on the horizon". This is a joint petition (e-petition and paper) and we the undersigned, call on Blackpool Council for a debate at Full Council to: 1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’. This is an internationally recognised declaration which has been used by authorities in the UK and across the world to acknowledge the impact of the changing climate. 2. Pledge to make the town of Blackpool carbon neutral by 2030 taking into account both production and consumption emissions. 3. To commit to providing resources to address this emergency and to develop appropriate policies to tackle climate change and meet the climate crisis head on. 4. Work with local people and organisations for a 3 month consultation period to produce a zero-carbon plan that benefits our local community and shared environment. 5. Call on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible. 6. Report to full council within 6 months with the actions the council will take to address this emergency. For further information about our climate breakdown, I have provided you with the following links: 1- IPCC’s Special report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees (2018) https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/ 2. Zero Carbon Britain Report: Making it happen(2017)https://www.zerocarbonbritain.org/en/

Garry Richardson
1,475 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Andrea Leadsom

Stop wrecking our climate - ditch plans to build the UK’s biggest gas plant

Climate change is bringing drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty to hundreds of millions of people, and air pollution in the UK is causing tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. Our government should be reducing energy demand and shifting to clean energy, but instead it’s considering allowing the UK’s biggest coal plant to turn into the country’s biggest gas plant - and to pump our atmosphere full of dirty emissions for decades to come. The Drax biomass and coal plant in Yorkshire where I live is currently the country’s largest CO2 producer (1). The government is stopping coal production by 2025, but rather than shut down altogether, Drax is trying to simply switch to burning a different fossil fuel - gas. Drax itself admits that these plans will increase greenhouse gas emissions. Locking the country into burning more fossil fuels for decades is not the way to meet urgent climate targets. As if that wasn’t bad enough - Drax is asking the government for millions of pounds of public money to do it (2). These subsidies are in addition to the £2 million per day it already receives from the government for burning millions of tonnes of wood, over half of which comes from carbon-rich, biodiverse forests in the southern US which are being destroyed and turned into wood pellets (3). These vast subsidies keep Drax burning and polluting. They should end and it should close. 81 British and international environmental organisations have already written an open letter to the government calling for the planning permission to be denied and urging that no public money is pumped into this development. It’s incredibly important that this is backed up by people like you and me. That’s why I’m urgently asking you to sign my petition to stop this development, and protect our environment - before it’s too late. Please sign to stop Drax building the UK’s biggest gas plant and damaging our climate for decades to come   1 - Does not include airports. 2- https://www.drax.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Drax-Group-plc-2017-annual-report.pdf 3- http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/axedrax-campaign/   

Mark Knowles
96,744 supporters