Tonight, Sutton Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and called on the Government to provide the powers and resources necessary for Sutton to accelerate its ambitious work on becoming carbon neutral.
During the full Council debate Liberal Democrat Councillors spoke passionately about the urgency to act now and the Council's clear plans to reduce energy use, improve the borough's public transport and reduce our waste.
The Liberal Democrat motion also sent a strong message that climate change will not be solved by any Council on their own and called for the public sector, private sector and residents to join together and play their part.
Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood committee said:
“Sutton, like the rest of the UK, is in a climate emergency that threatens our health, our planet and our children’s future. We need to take action now and call on all of our local partners in the private and public sectors, residents and campaign organisations to join us in this battle.
We have ambitious plans to become London's most sustainable borough and meet our environmental responsibilities but the stark reality is that we need urgent government action, more powers and resources to accelerate our work towards a carbon neutral Sutton”.
You can see Sutton Council’s Environment Strategy here: