Fife Council declares a Climate Emergency
Published: Monday 07 Oct 2019 by Fife Council
Fife Council declares climate emergency
Fife Council agreed to declare a climate emergency for Fife on September 26 2019. During Scotland's Climate Week from 7-13 October, the Council will be highlighting action that residents in Fife can take to play their part in combating the effects of climate change.
A Climate Emergency is a public commitment to de-carbonise as rapidly as possible. Fife Council has committed to set a target for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest, this will require a huge transformation in Fife's communities. There is an urgent need to avoid financial, societal, food chain and eco-system collapse within the lifetime of our children and everyone can contribute.
Fife Council has committed to providing leadership and working with others to address the urgent challenges of climate change and recognises that what is needed is results not rhetoric.
Cllr Ross Vettraino Convener of the Environment and Protective Services Committee said: “Declaring a climate emergency should not be taken lightly and means achieving carbon neutrality as soon as possible. We intend to take this opportunity to work together with local communities and businesses to find solutions for the tougher problems facing us all. I’m urging local people to take action where they can – whether it’s reducing food waste, using your home energy more efficiently, cycling and walking instead of driving, or re-thinking public transport options. During Climate week we want to highlight some of these questions to and involve everyone in thinking about how we can resolve them. Together, we can all make a difference."
Fife Council is developing ‘Climate Fife’ a sustainable energy and climate action plan (SECAP) and would like everyone in Fife to contribute their views and ideas. A consultation on the Climate Fife action plan will be taking place from 21st October – 2nd December 2019 and Fifer’s can take part online or by going to Fife Council offices.
The action plan will be published in February 2020 and over the next two years projects will be developed in collaboration with the local community to:
- Move away from fossil fuel vehicles to active travel and low emission transport by the 2030s
- Reforest land with native trees to absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
- Reorganise our settlements and daily lives to reduce the need to travel
- Produce enough renewable energy and biomass to meet our energy needs
- Find alternatives to gas fired boilers which will no longer be installed after 2032
- Protect communities, who face the greatest risks from extreme weather and flooding
- Adapt assets, services, settlements and landscapes to build resilience to existing and future climate extremes
- Respond to rising sea levels
What can people in Fife do to help combat climate change now?
- Reduce energy used at home and work by improving energy efficiency https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland
- Install renewable energy generation to reduce your energy bills https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy
- Reduce waste. https://scotland.lovefoodhatewaste.com
- Recycle more https://www.fifedirect.org.uk/4bins
- Walk rather than taking the car, where possible. Walking can also help to prevent a range of health conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, some cancers and Alzheimer’s. https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/walking-for-health/health-walks/why-walk ·
- Use public and active transport https://www.travelfife.com/
- Reduce your need to fly. Travel by boat and train for holiday and holiday locally
Tweet your actions to #ScotClimateWeek
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