Worcester tops the table in West Midlands region climate action

24 September 2019

Worcester is leading the fight against climate change at the local level. According to research compiled by the office of Ellie Chowns, the Green MEP for the West Midlands, Worcester is 1st position for action on climate change and the transition to a zero carbon economy.

The research examines various factors including political commitment to reducing carbon emissions and divestment from fossil fuels. Councils were then ranked by their actions on climate change, with Worcester placing 1st out of 19 councils.

Cllr Neil Laurenson said:
'It's good to be recognised. Green councillors in Worcester have successfully called for energy efficiency measures, solar panels and more tree planting. The Climate Emergency motion passed last July will hopefully result in the whole city working together to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.'

The league table is published to coincide with the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, as leaders from around the world meet to discuss appropriate action on the climate crisis. It also comes shortly after the global climate strikes, where thousands of students around the world were joined by people from all walks of life to demand urgent and meaningful action on climate change. In Worcester, local residents joined the climate strike in solidarity and to urge further action on climate change.

Ellie Chowns MEP said:
'I hope that these results will urge further action on climate change. We are already seeing heatwaves, flooding and other extreme weather affecting our daily lives in the West Midlands. Climate change must be tackled at every level – international, national and local – and councils must step up and play their part.'

The results were published on the West Midlands Green Party's website.

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