On Monday 25th March, Holme Valley Parish Council became one of the first parish councils in the UK to declare a Climate Emergency. The move has been hailed as a positive step forward for the region in the fight against climate change by Holmfirth Transition Town (HoTT), who promoted the motion.
“Climate change is the biggest threat we’re facing and we all need to take action. We’re delighted that Holme Valley Parish Council has declared a Climate Emergency, and that they’ve agreed to establish a working group to create an action plan,” said a HoTT spokesperson.
By declaring a Climate Emergency, Holme Valley Parish Council joins Kirklees, almost 50 local authorities, nine town councils and one other parish council throughout the UK that have committed to become carbon neutral by 2030 or shortly after.
“The challenge now is to make sure this proposal is more than just words. We want this commitment to translate into real action that reduces carbon emissions at local level,” added HoTT.
HoTT is already taking action: promoting renewable energy and energy conservation, growing food locally, improving recycling and encouraging sustainable transport within the Holme Valley. The charity has also established the Bright Green Community Trust, which provides grants of up to £3,000 for projects in the Holme Valley Parish that benefit the community and reduce carbon emissions. Grant applications re-open in May and can be accessed via One Community (one-community.org.uk).
It’s anticipated that by declaring a Climate Emergency, Holme Valley Parish Council can work with organisations like HoTT and play its part in moving the region closer to a carbon neutral future. The Parish Council has already moved to set up an Action Plan working party, including representatives from local community organisations.
“We might only be one small area, but it’s amazing the difference that individuals can make. The Youth Strike for Climate started with a 14-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, now millions of young people worldwide are calling for our generation to act against climate change. By declaring a Climate Emergency for the Holme Valley Parish has show that it is not only listening but acting,” said HoTT.
Expert opinion is that we have until 2030 to reduce carbon emissions significantly if we’re to avoid global temperatures from rising above 1.5oC. Holme Valley Parish Council has chosen to act and HoTT is fully committed to helping the Council achieve its carbon neutral status by 2030.