8 January 2019
Scarborough Council will become the first council in Yorkshire to declare a "climate emergency" after a motion by Green Party councillors was passed last night (7th January 2019).
Councillor Dilys Cluer, who is also serving as Deputy Mayor this year, proposed the motion and hoped that Scarborough would set an example to other councils across Yorkshire (see notes below).
The motion also called for Scarborough Council to commit to a target of zero carbon emissions by the year 2030.
In the debate, Councillor Cluer had argued that Scarborough’s position on the Yorkshire coast made it more vulnerable to the consequence of climate breakdown including flash flooding, coastal erosion, and extreme heat or rain events.
After the decision was made, Councillor Cluer said: "This is great news that Councillors here in Scarborough have recognised the desperate need for action to tackle Climate Change. I hope other councils in Yorkshire and throughout the country will follow Scarborough's example.
"We really are in the middle of a climate emergency which will affect everyone. People of all political persuasions need to work together if we want to prevent the consequences of catastrophic climate breakdown."
According to Climate Emergency Declaration, Scarborough is the fifth local authority to declare a climate emergency. The others being: Bristol City Council, Stroud District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Brighton and Hove City Council.