Dorset Extinction Rebellion groups urge Council action

Dorset Extinction Rebellion groups urge Council action

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 13th July 2019.

Extinction Rebellion groups in Dorset are urging the Council to take action now over the climate and ecological emergency.

The council recently set-up a Climate Executive Advisory Panel to discuss plans for tackling climate and ecological issues.

Dorset Council declares climate emergency.

Dorset Council declared a climate emergency back in May, at it's first ever meeting.

The panel has agreed to consult further with XR Dorset on producing a climate and ecological emergency action plan for Dorset.

But, the panel won't meet again until mid-September, a delay that XR says is disappointing.

Caz Dennett from Weymouth said:

"An emergency means acting when it is necessary, not when it is convenient," 

"We recognise that the summer holidays can present challenges for organising meetings, but we understand Dorset Council doesn't shut down in July and August. Therefore, it is not clear what would cause this delay.

"We're asking the council to arrange at least a preliminary meeting with all those available within the next 2-3 weeks. If we postpone until September, in reality this means we won't start in earnest until October, potentially 4-5 months after the council declared a Climate Emergency. That degree of delay would not say 'emergency." 

XR members from Bridport, Weymouth and Dorchester have offered the council a climate and ecological emergency planning day.

The aim is to provide a clear understanding of what the climate and ecological crisis means to Dorset and facilitate discussion and action planning as to how Dorset Council can reduce greenhouse gases and prevent further biodiversity loss.

"We appreciate there is pressure on everyone's time, however, if Dorset Council are serious about addressing the climate and ecological crisis that we are in, it must be the top priority," said Sarah Churchill from Bridport.

"We hope that Dorset Council will take the lead among local authorities and do what is necessary to reduce carbon emissions. This will mean telling the truth to residents about the situation we are in, setting a deadline for net zero carbon emissions and forming a citizens' assembly for Dorset."