Action with Local Authorities

The Church of England cooperates with the authorities for the Common Good. Hence it is important for our diocese to know the climate action plans of the local authorities with which it is linked. Here are two of them:

Group of people holding up a sign that reads 'Birmingham says change the system not the climate

Photo by courtesy of Birmingham Friends of the Earth

Birmingham

On 11 June 2019 the City Council declared a climate emergency and made the commitment to take action to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and limit climate change. The ambition was set for the Council and city to become net zero carbon by 2030, or as soon as possible thereafter as a ‘just transition’ allows – ensuring we protect and bring our communities with us. This is the city’s ‘route to zero’ (R20).

The Route to Zero (R20) Taskforce was created in autumn 2019 and brings together members and officers from the Council and representatives from the West Midlands Combined Authority, the NHS, higher education, business, the third sector, young climate strikers, climate campaigners, and other key partners and stakeholders. It is currently working to develop recommendations for how everyone in Birmingham can contribute to tackling climate change and benefit from a safer, fairer, and more sustainable city. There is a representative from the Faith Communities, currently the Secretary of “Footsteps: Faiths for a Low Carbon Future".

Birmingham City Council Website - Climate Emergency

Solihull

On 8 October 2019 the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council passed a reolution including the statement that it would: “Take action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants from our own activities, buildings, transport, resources and waste, ensuring that we continue to invest in the Borough's natural capital, greening the borough's economy through our local plan and investments - aiming to become net carbon zero, as a Council, by 2030.“

Solihull Metropolitan Borough website - Climate Change