Climate Emergency Declaration to Hastings Council

Are you troubled by the reality of climate change and ecological breakdown? Would you like to do something about it? Do you want to influence our council to make real changes that might help us all?

If the answer is yes to any of the above then join the Green party in supporting our council to declare a Climate Emergency and begin meaningful action. Read the practical steps we and the council can take locally to mitigate the worst causes and affects of climate breakdown in the letter below and sign the endorsement form at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively you can download the letter here and deliver to Hastings Borough Council, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3AA.

You can get it signed on behalf of your family, friends, work place or organisation. Please let us know below if you are signing on behalf of an organisation. We are intending to publish this as an open letter in the local press in January 2019 and would like this to be a cross party call from organisations, businesses and groups all over Hastings. This affects us all. There is no bigger challenge. Let's face it together.

Dear Hastings Borough Council,

In the light of the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5° we are writing to support Hastings Borough Council in declaring a Climate Emergency. Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national regional and local authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

Bold climate action can deliver new green jobs and economic benefits, preserve wildlife and habitats, and improve life for people worldwide.

We support the council in the urgent need to reduce the town’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, to put this goal at the forefront of all decision making from now on and develop an action plan within six months to achieve this goal.

To achieve this goal we see the following as essential commitments.

  • The people of Hastings will convene a citizen’s assembly to generate local ideas for combating climate breakdown and to devise a path to achieving community-wide carbon-neutrality by 2030. We hope the council will take the lead in bringing this about.
  • Ensure the revision of the Local Plan starting in 2019, includes a commitment to rigorous energy efficiency standards such as the internationally recognised Passivhaus Zero Carbon standards on all houses built on council owned land. This would reduce carbon emissions, save energy and keep money that would go to energy companies circulating in our local economy.
  • The Local Plan should commit to the principles outlined in the Wildlife Trust’s Nature Recovery Network that puts space for nature at the heart of our planning systems in order to bring nature into the places where most people live their daily lives. Reducing car use and promoting walking cycling and sustainable transport should be at the centre of future plans for the town.
  • Work with local community energy providers to cover the towns roofs with solar panels, combined in a smart grid that could provide cheaper energy for all local people.
  • Within six months, update the council’s 2010 Environmental strategy to reflect the climate emergency with measurable goals including carbon footprinting of all council activities.
  • Commit to a council carbon budget each year along side the annual budget. Alongside this, develop a town-wide approach to setting a carbon budget.

We look forward to working with the council to embrace the possibilities for positive change that undertaking these commitments can bring to the town.

Yours sincerely,

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  • Penny Haselfoot
    endorsed 2019-02-11 01:23:54 +0000
    Strongly in favour of this .. so many people are complacent and have a NIMBY attitude. I installed solar tubes and panels some time ago. Why dont new builds have these instalĺed automatically?
  • Emily Price
    endorsed 2019-02-10 22:46:22 +0000
  • Lisa Pope
    endorsed via 2019-02-10 21:56:31 +0000
  • Philip Oakley
    endorsed via 2019-02-10 19:48:12 +0000
    I support this statement. I do not support the HBC solar farm concept.
  • Laurence Temple
    endorsed 2019-02-10 18:52:37 +0000
  • Serena Penman
    endorsed 2019-02-10 17:46:43 +0000
  • Virginia Cain
    endorsed 2019-02-10 16:35:04 +0000
  • caroline develyn
    endorsed 2019-02-10 07:31:48 +0000
  • Fiona Pienkowska
    endorsed 2019-02-09 14:27:00 +0000
  • janie burrage
    endorsed 2019-02-08 23:04:06 +0000
  • Cosima Dinkel
    endorsed 2019-02-08 09:33:46 +0000
  • Ryan Lee
    endorsed 2019-02-07 11:54:40 +0000
  • Colin McAdam
    endorsed 2019-02-06 21:35:09 +0000
  • Katherine Wilkinson
    endorsed 2019-02-06 20:43:31 +0000
  • Harriet Noble
    endorsed 2019-02-06 20:24:45 +0000
  • Jolene Pont
    endorsed 2019-02-06 19:14:50 +0000
  • Marybeth Haas
    endorsed 2019-02-06 19:10:50 +0000
    Thank you for organising this. I am delighted to take part and commit.
  • Ian Phillips
    Singing Wizard endorsed 2019-02-06 13:22:41 +0000
  • Georgina Cook
    endorsed via 2019-02-06 09:33:07 +0000
    Feels all the more pressing as we are a seaside town.
  • Laetitia Yhap
    endorsed 2019-02-06 09:06:35 +0000
  • Nick Terdre
    endorsed 2019-02-06 08:35:56 +0000
  • Roz Cran
    endorsed 2019-02-05 22:28:28 +0000
  • Alice Boland
    endorsed 2019-02-05 22:24:59 +0000
  • Gareth Wildig
    endorsed 2019-02-05 22:06:06 +0000
  • Jo Wilson
    endorsed 2019-02-05 21:54:05 +0000
  • Jane Packman
    endorsed 2019-02-05 21:30:39 +0000
  • Patrick Kealey
    Theatre Nation endorsed 2019-02-05 21:24:42 +0000
    Yes and time as a fishing town with a fishing fleet to apply best practice to fishing our coastal wayers
  • Gail Borrow
    ExploreTheArch endorsed 2019-02-05 21:06:25 +0000
  • Ursula McLaughlin
    umac design endorsed 2019-02-05 16:26:02 +0000
  • syed moram ali
    endorsed 2019-02-04 18:42:40 +0000

    i am very interested

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