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'Climate change emergency' declared in Woodbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:51 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:51 15 July 2019

Charlie Zakss fromTransition Woodbridge frequently works in forests whilst actively trying to save them Picture: JOHN FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Charlie Zakss fromTransition Woodbridge frequently works in forests whilst actively trying to save them Picture: JOHN FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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A blueprint is to be drawn up to help tackle a "climate change emergency" in Woodbridge.

Mayor of Woodbridge, Mr Eamonn O'Nolan. Picture: EAMONN O'NOLANMayor of Woodbridge, Mr Eamonn O'Nolan. Picture: EAMONN O'NOLAN

Woodbridge Town Council voted to declare a climate change emergency at its latest full meeting.

It will now form a climate emergency committee to look at what steps can be taken to improve the area's environment, for example by introducing a 20mph speed limit, planting more trees or bringing in more recycling bins.

The decision was taken following a speech from Charlie Zakss at Transition Woodbridge, a community-led group which aims to strengthen the economy while preparing for a greener future.

She said at the meeting: "Transition Woodbridge has been working towards a climate change emergency for almost 12 years.

Charlie Zakss from Transition Woodbridge at the Forest Schools Nature Day in Rendlesham Forest Picture: JOHN FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHYCharlie Zakss from Transition Woodbridge at the Forest Schools Nature Day in Rendlesham Forest Picture: JOHN FERGUSON PHOTOGRAPHY

"Councillors, as representatives of the community, you are able to steer the town and help us collectively achieve ambitious carbon reductions.

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"Woodbridge is an amazing town and people look to us for inspiration, let's inspire them with action. This is just the start, let's do it."

Town mayor Eamonn O'Nolan said: "This was discussed last month and the next stage is to announce and declare a climate change emergency. I think it's obvious why we're doing this."

Mr O'Nolan went on to clarify: "We are going to commit to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030. We will create a carbon audit and roadmap for achieving this aim by the end of 2019.

"We often wonder what we can do on our own but if we all take responsibility we can achieve great things.'

Ms Zakss said after the meeting on Tuesday, July 9: "We are delighted with the declaration and would like to congratulate the town council on this bold move.

"We look forward to addressing these challenges with them.

"We have a lot of work to do, let's get cracking."

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