Last night (20th June) at Royston Town Council Full Council meeting, the Council declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. This means that the Council will assess and take steps to reduce its own impact on the environment and climate change and also embark on a programme of communication and education, working with relevant groups in the town and area to achieve change across Royston. The Council has sworn to bear in mind the climate and biodiversity emergency in everything that it does. This action was proposed by Cllr Carol Stanier, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Deputy Leader of the Town Council, and heartily endorsed by other Council members. Carol Stanier said: ”I was motivated to become a councillor to improve the town and to make sure that the world my children grow up in is a good one. The environment and building a sustainable future is close to my heart. I am proud to have proposed Royston Town Council’s climate emergency and pleased that the rest of the Council supported me on this important topic for us all.” Cllr Emma Squire-Smith said of the climate crisis: “In recent years I have been cognisant of trying to do what I can as an individual, this is something we can all do. Our government is not doing enough, the international community is not doing enough, we must do what we can – we can’t wait.” Cllr Ruth Brown said “With issues such as, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine, affecting us personally on a daily basis, it is easy to forget that the biggest threat facing humanity is climate change. In May 2019 North Herts Council declared a climate emergency and since then has started a programme of action, such as installing solar panels, planting trees and using lower emission vehicles, to reduce its carbon footprint. By declaring a climate emergency, we ensure that this is in the forefront of our thinking in all our decision making. It is important that we lead our community by working with other councils and local organisations to take action on climate change”.
North Herts Council and Herts County Council both declared a climate emergency in 2019. Actions already taken by North Herts Council and links to their climate strategy can be found here: https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/climate-change
The original Royston Town Council motion can be found here:
https://www.roystontowncouncil.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/_Other/146938-Additional_documents_Full_Council_June_22_3_.pdf (page 5)
Carol Stanier is also the chair of Royston Environmental Group, a local apolitical membership group which is organising a sustainability festival in October this year. More details are available at: https://www.frierley.com/roystonenvirogroup/events.html
Carol Stanier (Royston Liberal Democrats)