Will Norfolk Tories do the right thing on Climate Change?
Norfolk Liberal Democrats are calling on Norfolk County Council to take the bold, swift and long-term action that is needed to address the climate emergency.
Following direct action by Extinction Rebellion, which brought February's County Council meeting to a standstill, all three parties put forward environment motions in March. The Tory motion called for the creation of a Task and Finish Group to report back after six months with a new environmental policy for the Council.
Steff Aquarone, who is the only Liberal Democrat member of the group, said "We need a clear strategy for how this Council will use its power and influence to lead Norfolk as a whole to becoming a zero-carbon county. The Tories have a simple choice: They can take responsibility and do this, or they can settle for some earnest-sounding gestures and kick the can down the road.
"The Tories have already refused to accept that there is a climate change emergency - when even the deadlocked UK Parliament has! It is our children's future that is at stake here. We must act now.
"Norfolk Liberal Democrats want to see the County Council become carbon neutral by 2030 and prepare properly for the effects of climate change on Norfolk, such as flooding and coastal erosion.
"The County Council needs to be responsible and lead on combatting this emergency. It would be great for Norfolk to seize the opportunity to create new environmentally led jobs too.
"And the work on this must be done in public with public involvement. No more meetings held in rooms hidden away in County Hall without members of the press and public being involved.
"We wholeheartedly support Extinction Rebellion's recommendation that a Citizens Assembly urgently be set up to oversee the changes that are needed. People need to be part of the conversation, as addressing the climate emergency needs everyone to take action."