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Clean Air Day: Kingston Council set to declare a Climate Emergency

Kingston Council will be debating a motion which proposes declaring a Climate Emergency at the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee on 25 June. The motion forms part of the council’s commitment to tackling the issue of climate change and poor air quality.

The motion recognises the need for urgent action to be taken on climate change locally, across London, and at the national and international level.  According to The Climate Mobilization, a not-for-profit organisation that develops and advocates for climate change policies, over 600 local governments in 13 countries, representing more than 77 million people, have now declared a Climate Emergency and made a commitment to drive down emissions at emergency speed. 

At the same committee, a report will be debated which sets out the council’s efforts so far to tackle the issue of poor air quality across the borough, including investment in cycle lanes, supporting the roll-out of dockless and e-bikes, installing more electric vehicle charging points, and the commitment to plant 2,000 extra trees in the borough by 2022.

Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

“The motion to declare a climate emergency, should it be agreed by Committee, will build on existing initiatives by the council to improve air quality and tackle climate change. The motion proposes the creation of a new, dedicated working group to look at the projects already underway, to identify gaps and to work towards making Kingston Council carbon neutral by 2038.”

For full details of the motion to be debated visit here.

Find out more about the council's plans to help improve air quality by visiting: www.kingston.gov.uk/airquality.