At a meeting of Full Council on 30 January 2019, a petition was presented to Council as follows:
We, the young people of Lancaster, are the generation which will feel the effects of global warming, yet there is little action to reduce these effects. As a generation, we have never lived in a time of stable climate conditions. We are seeing its devastating effects in many ways already: sea levels are rising, habitats are being destroyed and our future is uncertain. If the current global trend continues, it is very likely that the earth’s temperature will rise by 2ºC. The consequences will be disastrous. As a society, we need to involve the opinions of young people in the decision-making processes to tackle this climate emergency, to help protect our future.
We, the undersigned, live, work or study in the district and petition the Council to:
- Declare a ‘climate emergency’
- Conduct a consultation with young people of all ages, by young people of all ages, for what they want for a sustainable future in Lancaster district
- Include consultation ideas in council plans to make Lancaster district carbon neutral by 2030
- Create a young persons’ climate panel to review and support council climate strategies