Local Liberal Democrats are once again calling on Harrogate Borough Council to declare a Climate Emergency, while also saying a Citizens' Assembly should be introduced to "harness the experience and a perspectives of local residents".
Liberal Democrat councillors have submitted a motion to full council. They claim it will be "the first, but necessary, step in tackling the climate crisis: acknowledging it."
It will also mandate the council to set up a Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change, which would bring together residents from across the district – with varying experience and perspectives – to hear solutions from experts, debate their merit, and decide on the next steps. Liberal Democrats claim it will be necessary if the council is going to bring everyone along with them to tackle this common problem.
Local Liberal Democrats are currently running a petition, calling on the council to declare a Climate Emergency, establish a Citizens' Assembly, and commit to working toward net zero carbon by 2030: www.hklibdems.org.uk/climate-emergency
Commenting, the motion's proposer Councillor Pat Marsh said:
"We should have declared a Climate Emergency years ago, however when Liberal Democrat councillors first proposed the motion in April last year Conservative councillors unfortunately amended the motion beyond recognition and has resulted in inaction. They refuse to acknowledge the scale of the problem we face.
"The declaration is the first, but necessary, step in tackling the climate crisis: acknowledging it.
"It's important we bring together residents from across the district to offer their unique ideas and perspectives, and find bold solutions that our area can offer to tackle the crisis. Only by working together can we do our bit to stem the tide."