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Liverpool City Council deleted reference to declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and many of the suggested actions to be taken:

2019: Year of the Environment by Councillors Tom Crone, Anna Key, Sarah Jennings and Lawrence Brown

Council welcomes the designation by the Liverpool City Region of 2019 as a year of “Green Action.” The evidence of climate destruction is incontrovertible; the stark warnings about the increase in global warming from the IPCC, the mounting evidence about the impact of air pollution on human health and the alarming rate at which species are going extinct, all confirm it is beyond doubt that the time for talking has passed and radical action is urgently needed to protect and improve the planet’s ecosystems.

Council commits the city to play its part in dealing with this climate emergency and address the key issues by resolving to:

  • Prioritise walking, cycling and other sustainable modes of transport as the travel modes of choice, ahead of motorised vehicles;
  • Protect and enhance cherished green spaces to promote biodiversity and reduce levels of carbon dioxide;
  • Provide insulation for homes to reduce fuel poverty and energy use for heating;
  • Ensure city regeneration projects do not add new sources of pollution;
  • Massively reduce waste by accelerating the implementation of the circular economy in the city;
  • Provide a vegan meal option in all canteens and food outlets situated in Liverpool City Council buildings;
  • Install renewable energy on all appropriate sites within the city;
  • Prioritise developments that demonstrate high quality environmental performance in terms of energy use and design; and
  • Support households and individuals in practical ways to adopt more sustainable lifestyle choices.

 

Council requests the Chief Executive and Mayor to report to each Annual Meeting of the City Council with a progress report in respect of each of these aims.

 

Further, Council urges all members to lead by example by publicly committing to positive lifestyle changes which would positively impact on the environment, examples being:

 

  • Reducing meat consumption or moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet;
  • Reducing travel using private motorised transport options based on fossil fuels and increasing walking, cycling and use of public transport; and
  • Improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

 

Finally, Council resolves to inform Council Leaders in the City Region and the Metro-Mayor of our intention to take up the challenge presented by the “Year of the Environment” and urge them to do likewise. Working together we can take important strides towards becoming a sustainable region.

Minutes:

Motion by Councillor Anna Key and seconded by Councillor Tom Crone that –

 

‘Council welcomes the designation by the Liverpool City Region of 2019 as a year of “Green Action.” The evidence of climate destruction is incontrovertible; the stark warnings about the increase in global warming from the IPCC, the mounting evidence about the impact of air pollution on human health and the alarming rate at which species are going extinct, all confirm it is beyond doubt that the time for talking has passed and radical action is urgently needed to protect and improve the planet’s ecosystems.

 

Council commits the city to play its part in dealing with this climate emergency and address the key issues by resolving to –

 

  • Prioritise walking, cycling and other sustainable modes of transport as the travel modes of choice, ahead of motorised vehicles;
  • Protect and enhance cherished green spaces to promote biodiversity and reduce levels of carbon dioxide;
  • Provide insulation for homes to reduce fuel poverty and energy use for heating;
  • Ensure city regeneration projects do not add new sources of pollution;
  • Massively reduce waste by accelerating the implementation of the circular economy in the city;
  • Provide a vegan meal option in all canteens and food outlets situated in Liverpool City Council buildings;
  • Install renewable energy on all appropriate sites within the city;
  • Prioritise developments that demonstrate high quality environmental performance in terms of energy use and design; and
  • Support households and individuals in practical ways to adopt more sustainable lifestyle choices.

 

Council requests the Chief Executive and Mayor to report to each Annual Meeting of the City Council with a progress report in respect of each of these aims.

 

Further, Council urges all members to lead by example by publicly committing to positive lifestyle changes which would positively impact on the environment, examples being:

 

  • Reducing meat consumption or moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet;
  • Reducing travel using private motorised transport options based on fossil fuels and increasing walking, cycling and use of public transport; and
  • Improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

 

Finally, Council resolves to inform Council Leaders in the City Region and the Metro-Mayor of our intention to take up the challenge presented by the “Year of the Environment” and urge them to do likewise. Working together we can take important strides towards becoming a sustainable region.’

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Amendment by Councillor James Noakes and seconded by Councillor Tim Moore that the text of the Motion be revised as follows –

 

(i)              the first sentence of the first paragraph of the Motion, which reads – ‘  ‘ be deleted from the first paragraph of the Motion

 

(ii)             the remainder of the first paragraph be retained;

 

(iii)           all remaining text of the Motion after the first paragraph be deleted and replaced with revised text, the resulting revised Motion to read in full as –

 

‘The evidence of climate destruction is incontrovertible; the stark warnings about the increase in global warming from the IPCC, the mounting evidence about the impact of air pollution on human health and the alarming rate at which species are going extinct, all confirm it is beyond doubt that the time for talking has passed and radical action is urgently needed to protect and improve the planet’s ecosystems.

 

Council therefore welcomes the designation by the Liverpool City Region as the “Year of the Environment” to coincide with the Government designating this as Year of Green Action. Council believes that the Government should do much more to back up that focus and assist local authorities, businesses and communities to help tackle environmental issues.

 

In particular, Council welcomes the focus on the 8 key themes of the Year of the Environment:

 

  • Air quality
  • Climate change and resilience
  • Green spaces, habitats and biodiversity
  • Connecting and engaging communities with nature
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sustainable energy
  • Reduce waste
  • Water

 

Council believes there is a good story to tell on all these issues within Liverpool city region but there is still much to do to improve the environment for all.

 

Council therefore welcomes commitments already made to support the Year of the Environment as reported at Select Committees. Notably, Council welcomes commitments to improve air quality, take action on carbon emissions, help communities engage with the nature in the city, improve walking and cycling infrastructure, tackle waste issues across Liverpool and support new sustainable energy infrastructure.

 

Council is also aware of actions being taken to reduce the impact of services on the environment, in particular:

 

  • The Mayor’s inclusive growth plan
  • Revisiting the Green and Open Space Report
  • Let’s Clear the Air Liverpool and work with UK100 on air quality
  • Taking action on litter through working with Tidy Britain
  • Urban GreenUp – the Horizon 2020 project that aims to green key areas of the city
  • New electric buses operating in the city
  • New electric taxis in the city and working with the taxi trade to reduce the number of old engines being used
  • New vehicle charging infrastructure being installed across the city
  • The Mayor’s One Tree Per Child campaign
  • Supporting wildflower planting and investigating training for grounds maintenance staff
  • Creation of new greenspace across the city and improving maintenance of current greenspace
  • Revisiting the Council’s climate change strategy and action plan
  • Sustainability policies within the submitted Local Plan which support sustainable development
  • The Council’s work with energy providers to improve insulation in the city’s homes
  • Commitments by Foundations to provide sustainable homes
  • Working with the universities to engage students and academics in analysing the Council’s approach to supporting the environment

 

Council requests a report on activity and engagement for Year of the Environment to go to the relevant Select Committee. Council therefore commits to supporting the aims of the Year of the Environment and notes that everyone, including councillors, can take action to help make Liverpool a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city.’

 

A Vote was taken on the Amendment when there appeared –

 

For the Amendment – 61
Against the Amendment – 12
Abstentions – 1

 

The Amendment was carried and became the Substantive Motion.

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A Vote was taken on the Substantive Motion when there appeared –

 

For the Substantive Motion – 69
Against the Substantive Motion – 0
Abstentions – 4

 

The Substantive Motion was carried by a large majority and it was resolved accordingly.