A MOTION has been passed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council that will see an all-party working group on climate change being established.
The Council acknowledges the scale of the climate crisis and the impact it will have on people and communities in Northern Ireland.
The motion put forward by Ballymena councillor Eugene Reid said: ‘This Council acknowledges the scale of the climate crisis and the impact it will have on people and communities in Northern Ireland; resolves to establish an all-party working group on climate change resilience exploring how we can mitigate this crisis and protect our citizens from the existing and future effects of climate breakdown and; investigate measures the Council can take to limit its impact on climate change.”
Cllr Reid said: “Climate breakdown is the seismic global challenge facing this generation.
“Failure to take action now will result in significant changes to our global climate and weather patterns that will devastate developed and developing economies across the world, leaving millions destitute and homeless.
“The climate crisis is a global challenge that must be addressed at a local, regional and international level.
“Every level of government must turn its urgent attention toward the coming emergency.
“We will press for councils across the North to cooperate with local authorities in Great Britain on a decarbonisation agenda in homes to reduce reliance on solid fuel burning.”
Larne Lough councillor Danny Donnelly seconded the motion.
He added: “‘I’m very happy to second this motion. The whole borough, all of its businesses and residents will be affected by this issue. The science is clear, climate change is happening and we are approaching a climate emergency.
“A cross party working group should be set up to investigate what actions, if any, this council can take to help to mitigate this crisis.”