Oldham’s Liberal Democrat councillors have signed a declaration calling on the government to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss ahead of the COP 27 summit in November.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader councillor Howard Sykes MBE said: “At this critical time for our planet, we have a government which is allowing harmful sewage dumping practices and reversing bans on pesticides that are proven to be harmful to local ecosystems. Liberal Democrats are sending a clear message on climate change and the risks of biodiversity loss.”
The Zero Hour Declaration – signed by the Liberal Democrats – calls for:
- That all efforts are made to keep the global temperature increase to 1.5°C.
- That biodiversity loss is halted and on the path to recovery by 2030.
- That the Government delivers a more ambitious and integrated environmental protection and decarbonisation plan.
He continued: “The UK has the lowest biodiversity levels in the G7 nations. The government has failed to meet 14 of its 19 biodiversity targets. If this Conservative government does not factor nature into decision-making the result will continue to be the decline of our natural environment.”