Council passes motion supporting the CEE Bill
03 March 2021 : Council news, Environment
Somerset West and Taunton Council has agreed to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, following a motion proposed by Councillors Andrew Pritchard (Green Party) and Lee Baker (Liberal Democrat).
The CEE Bill was drafted by expert scientists, lawyers and academics, and sets a viable pathway for the UK to follow by:
• Requiring the Government to ensure that the UK reduces greenhouse gas emissions in line with its legally-binding international obligations to limit global heating to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
• Requiring the Government to protect and restore habitats, woodlands, wetlands and the wider natural world
• Establishing a representative Citizens’ Assembly to involve people from all parts of the UK in deciding which policies are needed to avoid irreversible environmental damage.
The motion was passed at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday 23 February.
Cllr Andy Pritchard said: “I am thrilled that we received cross party support for this motion calling for vital strengthening of our legislation around climate and ecology. There is real urgency and action needed to safeguard our communities and nature from the impacts of climate change.”
Cllr Lee Baker said: “I was absolutely delighted to have been asked by Councillor Andy Pritchard to Second this vitally important motion and demonstrate the excellent Cross Party collaboration that this fundamental topic attracts within SWT.
“This motion naturally enhances and flows from our already declared Climate and Ecological Emergencies and ensures that the critical environmental piece is permanently high on our agenda to demonstrate our full commitment to Climate Change”.
Cllr Peter Pilkington, Executive Member for Climate Change, said: “It is wonderful to see this motion passed at Council and for our Climate Change Emergency not to be limited by the action in our direct control but to also accommodate these such opportunities to engage others on major issues”.
The council will now write to the area’s two MPs asking them to support the Bill in parliament.
Further information can be found at www.ceebill.uk/
A 1.30 second YouTube video which explains the Bill can be viewed here