Notice of Motion could make Swansea first Welsh authority to make the call
Climate emergency could be declared in Swansea this month
The Council are to debate a Notice of Motion during April, which if agreed, would ramp up the urgency to tackle climate change here.
Clive Lloyd is Deputy Leader of Swansea Council.He said:
"Just to say that Swansea is just a small part in a big wheel is not acceptable any more. We have to be seen to be playing our part and contributing to what is a worldwide issue that many, many people are concerned about.
"This isn't just about the next generation. This is is about the generation after that, and the next and the next. We pass this notice of motion and the Council will facilitate and help as much as they can but everyone needs to play their part, however small, to make that big difference."
In November last year, Bristol Council declared Climate Emergency, and if the Notice of Motion is passed, Swansea could be the first Council area in Wales to make the declaration.
Meanwhile a march gets underway later this morning in Swansea city centre which has been organised by climate campaign group Extinction Rebellion.
They're staging a "Funeral March" for the planet and all the species which have been lost due to climate change.
Cllr Lloyd continued:
“We all know the extent of the environmental issues we are facing globally and locally today.
“We are very proud of our green credentials as a council and we’ve put in place a number of key strategies and policies that are making a real difference.
“We have a new corporate priority based on bio-diversity, an Energy Strategy and a Carbon Reduction Strategy which puts us among the most environment-friendly councils in the UK.
“In addition to this our pension fund has made a commitment to reducing its investments in fossil fuels by 50% over the next five years.
Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said:
“We published our Energy Strategy three years ago and as a council we’ve been encouraging businesses and residents alike to follow our lead in saving energy and reducing carbon footprints.
“Our commitment has included introducing the largest public sector fleet of electric vehicles in Wales with the figure currently standing at more than 40. Our carbon reduction strategy has seen our carbon footprint reduce by 42% in recent years, shaving costs off our electricity bills as well.”