Kettering declares climate emergency

By Anne Lee on July 31, 2019

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At the Full Council meeting on July 24th, we got our resolution passed unanimously and a climate emergency has now also been declared in Kettering.

We wanted to show that we are listening to what scientists and, in particular, young people are telling us about climate change to date and in the future.

What was really needed was to make an impact. It was brilliant to have the support of Extinction Rebellion and of the young people of Kettering.  The fact that so many people spoke at the meeting really showed the full Council that ‘eco’ is the only way to preserve our future.  More cycle lanes, more eco-friendly homes, more recycling, better air quality and more trees are needed.

We have now created an alliance of people who will support us in this objective and we don’t want to let them down.  We will push for action to follow up this declaration of intent with deeds.  One of the steps I want to take is requesting more Tree Preservation Orders, but that will only be the beginning.

Anne has been an active councillor for 5 years. She represented Pipers Hill on Kettering Borough Council, and now represents Windmill on the new North Northamptonshire Council. She was a school governor at St Edwards Primary School for 8 years and has been a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for over 30 years. She has 3 grown-up children and lives in the ward, working as a freelance linguist. She is an impassioned supporter of community hubs, such as the Green Patch and the Grange Resource Centre. With a Master’s in political sciences, and a keen interest in improving the new authority’s communications with residents and businesses, she promises to be an active councillor with a strong voice, and is particularly interested in reducing carbon emissions and in supporting families with children.

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