Here is the motion that was passed:
“Acknowledging the findings of successive reports from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Wildlife Fund 2018 Living Planet Report (LPR) that Kilkenny County Council declare a climate and biodiversity emergency for County Kilkenny.
We note that the Council has prepared to draft stage a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and encourage people to participate in the public consultation process so that it reflects to the maximum extent possible the views of people in County Kilkenny.
This strategy together with the Biodiversity Strategy (2018-2022) will form the basis on which we agree to work in an inclusive and collaborative manner with stakeholders and community groups and organisations to support local community based plans and initiatives to give effect to the actions required to address the climate and biodiversity challenge.”
Update: 17th June 2019 it was agreed at the council meeting!
Here is the letter sent to all elected and executive councillors
Thank you for considering the climate action proposal. It would be so exciting to make Kilkenny council and businesses a flagship for good practice. The big change is going to be that good environmental practice becomes more important than good financial practice. 97% of constituents are aware that we are on a course that will leave a nearly uninhabitable world for our children. It's not even a generation away that the unpredictable weather starts. We have already had one devastating drought and several storms that cut power and affected infrastructure.
|If you stop growing and cleaning with chemicals and a humungous amount of water on production lines, we'll only need to rinse our vegetables in a minimalist bowl of water.|
Chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides in our waterways soil and food are bad for everyone. Jobseekers could be trained and utilised in managing the extra work created by not managing everything with machinery and chemicals.
|If you stop spraying, we will learn to identify and monitor wild flowers and |
distinguish beneficial insects from pests.
|If you ban pesticide-ridden produce, we will put spaces aside in our houses to |
grow our own vegetables and salads.
Before there were trees, the planet was a desert. We can plant more in the county and they will also serve as a carbon sequester: Absorbing the carbon which is raising the temperature - i.e. global warming fears. We could make Kilkenny 'carbon neutral' which would be a landmark victory in every meaning of the word.
|If you insist on compostable takeaway cups and ban one-use plastics in all Kilkenny shops, |
we will all commit to separating our rubbish responsibly.
|If you take the carcinogens out of our food supply and air, we promise to live to a ripe old age with no dependence on pharmaceuticals and over-stretched hospitals.|
|If the food is only organic and grown locally, we will try and no doubt thrive on smaller portions.|