The Paris Agreement of December 2015, which saw 190 nations agree on a series of legally binding actions to bring the world nearer to carbon neutrality, is not reaching its targets.
In 2019, this failure triggered the UN to declare a Climate Emergency and this has been echoed by thousands of nations, provinces, states, towns and cities across the world.
Naturally, when Merton Council followed suit and declared a Climate Emergency on 10th July 2019, a decision influenced by a petition signed by over 750 residents, all at Sustainable Merton were both pleased and relieved. Essentially, this sets the target of carbon neutrality for the Merton Council by 2030 and for the whole borough by 2050.
Merton Council's Climate Change Officers Katie Halter and Dominique Hill then set up Merton's Climate Emergency Working Group; a very active group of councillors, council officers and Merton residents, including a number of Sustainable Merton's Community Champions, to take on the task of developing a Climate Action Plan for the borough to bring about the change that is needed to meet these targets.
On 13th July 2020, one year on from Merton Council's Climate Emergency declaration, the Climate Action Plan was presented to Merton’s cabinet and we are delighted to announce that this was approved. This is fantastic news for climate action in Merton and the future of our planet!
Watch the recording of the cabinet meeting online (First item)
"We welcome a united approach to taking actions to meet the targets set."