Manchester City Council has just declared a climate emergency.
An amendment by the Liberal Democrats to strengthen the motion so that looking at a 2030 target is done sooner rather than later, was accepted.
After very articulate speeches by the proposer and seconder of the motion (Annette Wright, Labour, Hulme and Eve Francis Holt, Labour, Chorlton), the meeting heard from two youth representatives. Various Labour and Liberal Democrat speakers then spoke in favour of the motion, which was passed on a loud vote of ‘Ayes’.
Now what? Well, Climate Emergency Manchester is looking for you to get involved in the ward and city level task of turning all these fine words into deeds, preventing backsliding, equivocation and blamestorming. Theget involved form is here.
Tomorrow, a detailed set of ‘what next’ suggestions will appear on this site.
In the meantime, perhaps reach out to councillors and say ‘thanks, and btw, we aren’t gonna demobilise. We are in this for the long haul…’