At a meeting of the full Town Council tonight, a motion was passed to declare Climate Emergency in Helston. The motion was put together by the newly formed Helston Climate Action Group, proposed by the Mayor, Cllr. Martin, and jointly seconded by Cllrs. Boase and Potter, and carried unanimously, without amendment.
Before the vote, members of the public thanked the Council for being prepared to tackle this issue head on, and showing leadership in our community.
The motion commits the town council to take a lead in helping Helston become carbon neutral by 2030, in line with Cornwall Council’s own resolution to reach the same target. The full motion can be seen below:
RESOLVED: that Helston Town Council:
a) Declares a Climate Emergency;
b) Pledges to work towards making Helston carbon neutral by 2030;
c) Work with Cornwall Council to assist them with their declaration to make Cornwall carbon neutral by 2030;
d) Act as a voice for the community to lobby for action on climate change, raise the profile and share lessons with higher levels of government;
e) Continue to work with the community of Helston and its surrounding parishes to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans; and
f) As a member of the Helston Climate Action Group, assist with the preparation of an Action Plan within six months to address this emergency.
Clearly, this is only the beginning of a long and challenging journey for all of us in Helston. There is lots for us to do! If you are reading this and want to join in, there are many ways to get started:
- Try implementing one of Climate Vision’s Ten Pledges. Or all of them!
- Join in the discussion at our Facebook Group, or contact us here.
- Follow our Facebook page, where you’ll hear about what’s happening, including dates for meetings.
- Read the document, What Next? Suggestions for Helston Town Council – are there ideas in here you could implement, or would like to help the Council implement?