Thanks to everyone who signed the petition calling on West Berkshire Council to create a strategy to tackle climate change and make the district carbon neutral by 2030.
More than 2,000 people who live and work in West Berkshire signed the petition.
Steve Masters, our prospective parliamentary candidate and Newbury Speen district election candidate, presented the petition at the January meeting of the West Berkshire Council executive.
This is the first time that a public petition has been popular enough to trigger a special council debate. This will take place after the May election. Hopefully by then we will have a council that is more willing to take the urgent action needed to tackle global warming.
The Conservative-led council is sticking to the government’s target of 2050, which scientists warn will be too late to prevent a catastrophic rise in global warming.
All parties need to work together to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.
Meanwhile school students in Newbury took part in the school climate change strike on Friday 15 February, holding a rally in Newbury Market Square which was featured on BBC TV. Ruth, a member of Young Greens, organised the event and was interviewed on TV and radio.
Steve Masters spoke at the rally. There is a video of the rally on the ‘Another Voice in West Berkshire’ Facebook page.