East Sussex County Council must take action on climate crisis now

11 October 2019


East Sussex County Council shows lack of ambition with climate emergency declaration

On Tuesday October 15, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is to debate and vote on the declaration of a climate emergency. The Green Party welcomes the fact that the need to take action on climate change is being recognised by ESCC but the declaration is not sufficiently ambitious.


It includes a commitment for ESCC to become carbon neutral by 2050, the date set out in the report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its 2018 report. However, this report also highlights the need to take significant radical action before 2030, in order to reduce carbon emissions by 45% before that date and thus to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees centigrade. 


District and borough councils across East Sussex have made commitments to a 2030 carbon neutral deadline, including Hastings, Lewes and Eastbourne, but their efforts will be massively hampered without a similar commitment by ESCC. 


So far, 18 of the total of 26 county councils in the UK have declared a climate emergency, and of these, 7 have committed to become carbon neutral by 2030. It is disappointing that ESCC is not willing to take a lead on this issue, particularly when neighbouring West Sussex has committed to 2030.


ESCC needs to show greater ambition, and to this end we have organised a petition with our fellow East Sussex Greens. Please sign and share: 




We, along with Lewes and Hastings Greens, are asking members and supporters to gather in Lewes on 15 October, to urge ESCC to embrace the more ambitious target of 2030. We will be meeting outside The Patch cafe (19-21 Market Street, Lewes BN7 2NB) at 9am and will walk in procession from there to County Hall to hand in the petition at 9.45am.