It makes sense, as we try to deal with the current crisis, to look for ways to avert the next. That’s why we are continuing to call for the County Council to recognise the need to reduce our damaging impact on the environment. This means reviewing service delivery and making the changes needed to reduce any harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Last year Labour councillors called upon West Sussex County Council to take the first steps in that process, as many local authorities have already done, and declare a Climate Emergency.
The Tory councillors rejected Labour’s motion and, appallingly, gave no commitment to take action. To date they have shown no inclination to change this stance, which shows how little interest Tory Councillors have in this most crucial of issues. With so much evidence that small changes can make a real difference as far as ensuring that there is a positive future for our planet, the council must recognise that it is now time to take urgent action.