Lib Dems back call for climate action now!

Local Lib Dems have backed a letter sent to the COP26 climate change summit signed by over 350 Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners across the country calling on more power for local government to tackle climate change. 

Councillor [YOUR NAME] said:

“What the country has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic will pale in comparison to the economic and social impacts of climate breakdown if we do not take action immediately. The latest UK Climate Risk Assessment concluded that the UK is “woefully underprepared” for the impacts of climate change that will hit the country. 

“The UK’s net zero targets can only be achieved if Government and local authorities work seamlessly together. More than half of the emissions cuts needed rely on people and businesses taking up low-carbon solutions – solutions around buildings, energy and transport - decisions that are made at a local and individual level.
“With 9 out of 10 councils having declared a climate emergency, full support from the Prime Minister and his government is needed to make sure local ambitions become a reality.”
Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Councillor Pippa Heylings, speaking at the COP26 summit said: ““The UK cannot meet net zero without local councils. Councils have influence over a third of the UK’s carbon emissions. We need to be able to work together with central government on this. Over 350 Liberal Democrat councillors have signed this letter calling on the Prime Minister to take action.”

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP added: “Local Government can reach communities so much better than Westminster and Whitehall, and that capability can help us tackle many problems very effectively, and climate change is no different.

“From housing to transport, from heat solutions to natural solutions, councils should be given the cash and the clout to lead on climate action. The failure of Johnson’s Conservative Government to do that and to see that as relevant for every country at COP26 is depressing as it is damaging. 

“It’s great to see Liberal Democrats coming together at this crucial moment to make that case so strongly.”

Councillors Pippa Heylings, Joe Harris and Bridget Smith at COP26
Cllr Heylings with Cllr Joe Harris (Leader, LGA Liberal Democrat Group and Cllr Bridget Smith, Deputy Leader) at COP26 

Notes to editors

Letter to the Prime Minister: Support local action on climate change

Councillor Pippa Heylings speaks at LGA's meeting during COP26
Cllr Heylings speaking at the Local Government Association’s meeting during the COP26 climate change conference