We understand the strength of feeling shown today by young people and many others from across our community. We share their concerns and recognise that urgent action is needed. We have declared a Climate Emergency and are committed to provide leadership to enable carbon neutrality by 2030.
The council is drawing up an action plan and we look forward to meeting with representatives of the Bath Youth Climate Alliance in early June to discuss their ideas and requests.
The new administration has already introduced changes to reflect its commitment to tackling climate change. We have created a cabinet portfolio specifically for Climate Emergency and every council decision will now be assessed for how it delivers our climate commitments.
Cllr Dine Romero, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said “It is clear that this is an issue young people feel passionately about and I have been inspired by their determination to bring about change. Earlier this year we declared a climate emergency and we are now looking at how we can inspire and enable our community to reduce their carbon emissions. By making changes locally we can have an impact, but climate change is a global issue and Governments across the world need to act.”