The Earth Repair Shop, Ilfracombe – The Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill) has been backed by Ilfracombe Town Councillors.

In a unanimous show of hands, Ilfracombe Town Councillors voted to support a motion presented by Councillor Netti Pearson (Green Party) to back the Bill at its Full Council Meeting on Monday 14th June.

Councillor Pearson has form! – She also successfully presented the motion to support the CEE Bill to North Devon District Council in January this year, joining Devon County Council, Barnstaple Town Council, Lynton & Lynmouth TC, Northam TC, Bideford TC and Exmouth TC; just some of the hundreds of Local Authorities across the country which have formally registered their support of the CEE Bill.

The CEE Bill is an early day motion (EDM) written by scientists, lawyers and activists (The CEE Bill Alliance). It was tabled in Parliament in September 2020 by Caroline Lucas MP, along with supporting MPs from seven political parties. With the parliamentary session having come to an end on 29 April 2021, the first phase of the campaign came to an end. During this period, the bill gained support from over 100 MPs, as well as hundreds of organisations, businesses and local councils. A new parliamentary session started on 11 May 2021, and the Bill will be reintroduced at the earliest opportunity (reportedly, from mid-June 2021).

Cllr Pearson is emphatic: “With the Climate Crisis now, finally, in the global spotlight; with the G7 making commitments to phase out coal and with last week’s stark warning in a report by The Climate Change Committee (CCC) that the UK government – in a year which will see the UK host COP 26 in November – is failing to protect people from the fast-rising risks of the climate crisis, the message is clear. Government needs to take a lead and go beyond the positive, although insufficient, steps they are taking with the Environment Bill. Urgent action is needed now to restore biodiverse habitats and to reverse the environmental damage caused by excessive consumer activity and unnecessary waste.”

Having declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, Ilfracombe Town Council’s formal support of the CEE Bill further cements the Council’s willingness to take urgent action. The motion, unanimously carried, specifies the Council’s commitment to:

Work with partners locally and regionally to drive coordinated and collaborative action to aid the recovery of nature and natural environments and identify areas for habitat restoration

  • Create a strategy to protect irreplaceable habitats and follow the biodiversity mitigation hierarchy wherever and whenever possible.
  • Lead by example
  • Engage with the community and local businesses to encourage actions to reduce waste and lower energy use
  • Factor in the environmental impact to all procurement processes

– and to register ITC’s support for the CEE Bill and write to Selaine Saxby MP (North Devon, Conservative) to urge her to sign up to support the Bill (she voted against the motion at the North Devon Council meeting in January)

It is hoped that this wave of support from hundreds of Local Authorities, businesses and organisations across country will influence more MPs to back the CEE Bill when it’s reintroduced this month.

About The Earth Repair Shop

Established in April 2021, The Earth Repair Shop is a volunteer-run climate change community centre providing information, advice and support to help residents of Ilfracombe to lower their CO2 emissions, reduce waste levels, save on household costs & prepare for the impacts of the changing climate on our coastal way of life. www.facebook.com/TheEarthRepairShop

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Sophia Henri

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