28 February 2024

Wiltshire Climate Alliance rally to encourage Wiltshire Council to take urgent action

Wiltshire Climate Alliance will rally outside the Civic Centre in Trowbridge next week to encourage the council to take urgent action against the climate emergency.

The Wiltshire Climate Alliance was formed in 2020 and has a membership of over 500 people. The umbrella group brings together over 30 environmental groups from across the county.

Next Tuesday (15th February 2022), the alliance will rally to mark the third anniversary of Wiltshire Council acknowledging the climate emergency and to encourage the council to take urgent action.

The rally will bring together many different local environmental groups from across Wiltshire and will include talks, a samba band and live music.

Recordings of relevant comments made by councillors and MPs at public meetings over the past year will also be played to help those present to understand the views of some of their councillors.

The alliance argue that “Some councillors clearly understand the issue well whilst others have yet to comprehend the magnitude of the challenge that faces us.”

The rally is timed to coincide with the full Council Meeting where it is expected that Wiltshire Council’s long-awaited Climate Strategy will be formally adopted.

As the event is being held on a working day, the organisers expect that many people may find it difficult to attend. Those who can’t attend but would like to contribute will be given the opportunity of sending in a message to Wiltshire Council which will be added to a green heart and displayed at the rally.

More information on the rally and how to send in the ‘green heart’ comments can be found here.

A spokesperson for the Wiltshire Climate Alliance commented, “WCA is pleased that Wiltshire Council will be adopting their climate strategy at the Full Council on the 15th February, three years after they first acknowledged the climate emergency.

“The overwhelming message from the consultation on the strategy is that the public wants the Council to act decisively and with urgency on tackling the climate crisis. Now the strategy is complete, we look forward to urgent and decisive action now being taken on county-wide carbon emissions, and for climate change considerations to be embedded into all decision making, as the Council have committed to do.

“We will continue to work constructively with the Council as it moves into delivery mode, and we will continue to hold them to account for delivering on the commitments they have made.”

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Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty