Increasing numbers of councils and government bodies across the UK have responded to the escalating urgency of the climate crisis by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’. Bridgend Local Energy Group ( B-LEG) urges Bridgend County Borough Council to do the same.

Pressure on governments is increasing. In May 2019, the Senedd took the decision to declare a Climate Emergency in Wales, adding to the growing list of towns and cities internationally.

Some councils have specifically stated they want their authority to be carbon neutral by 2030. (Machynlleth was the first in Wales)

Bridgend Local Energy Group say that a ‘Climate Emergency Declaration’ and supporting action plan would show that Bridgend County Borough Council is committed to adopting strategies, policies and procurement processes fit for the future.

B-LEG member, Kris Evans said, “By adopting a Climate Emergency Declaration, Bridgend County Borough Council would join other pioneering councils in leading the way. We simply cannot afford to hand this problem down to our children. By then it will be too late.”

Supporting the B-LEG group, Sustainable Wales Trustee, Peter Morgan commented: “People from all walks of life, especially the young, are waking up to the disturbing immediacy of the climate emergency, and of the urgent need for action.

Director Sustainable Wales, Margaret Minhinnick added: “Are we planning for a realistic future, one that must be carbon-neutral, renewable and sustainable? Or are we still living in the past, and planning for a carbon-based, consumerist and high waste economy?”

For further details regarding Bridgend Local Energy Group, T: 01656 783962 or contact Sustainable Wales: E: [email protected] or SUSSED: E: [email protected]