Lyn Climate Action
Taking practical steps to improve our lives, and those of generations to come, by reducing our negative impact on the world – starting in the Lyn Valley
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In October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report indicating that limiting global warming to 1.5 deg C above pre-industrial levels would require rapid, far- reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.
This report inspired a worldwide movement of concerned citizens to pressure their governments to take the immediate and urgent action that the report demanded was necessary. Local government in the South West rose to the challenge with Devon County Council, North Devon Council and Torridge District Council all declaring Climate Emergencies in the summer of 2019.
On 26th September 2019 Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council unanimously passed a motion proposed by Councillor Patrinos declaring a Climate Emergency:
“This Council reaffirms its recognition of the scale and urgency of the global challenge from climate change, as
documented by the latest Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and declares a climate emergency; and agrees to take what action it can through collaboration at a strategic, community and individual level. To this end this Council will work with other councils and partners across the county and region to implement best practice methods to limit Global Warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Furthermore this Council calls on Westminster to provide the powers and resources to enable Town and parish councils to work towards becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible bearing in mind the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s target of 2030.”
In order to take this declaration forward at the community level, public meetings were held at Lynton Town Hall in November 2019 and February 2020. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss what actions could be taken by the community at a local level to reduce contributions to GHG emissions, mitigate the effects of climate change, and to halt ecological decline and species loss. The round table discussions developed a wide range of ideas for effective local action, recognizing the need for individuals and communities to take their share of responsibility alongside the urgent need for action at governmental level worldwide.