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Responding to the Climate Emergency


Jessica Ferrow and Chris Dunford, the elected directors of Bristol Green Capital Partnership​, explain what it means to declare a climate emergency, why it’s so important for organisations to take action, and launch a summary to help organisations respond. 

We were elected by Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s member businesses and organisations, and we have an important message for you: 

We’re living in a remarkable time. Climate and ecological breakdown is a real and imminent threat, as the global scientific community has warned.​

In 2018, the elected members of Bristol City Council became the first local authority in the UK to declare a ‘climate emergency’. Since then, at least 89 other councils have followed in their footsteps. 

But what does a climate emergency mean?​

It means that no matter what is happening elsewhere in the country or in the world, in Bristol we’ve pulled the emergency cord. From now on, we are all going to need to make some tough decisions in order to respond to this climate emergency. 

There’s no way to predict what Bristol will be like in 2030 but the city has made various commitments that need to be accelerated to achieve carbon neutrality as quickly as possible – and we’re all figuring out how to get there. Existing plans are only on track to achieve emissions reductions of 46% by 2030. So, one thing’s for sure, it can’t be business as usual. 

Now it’s up to Bristol’s business and organisations to step up and lead. Our city is home to amazing, innovative organisations that are shaping our city and our nation. Bristol: the climate, planet and its people – need you to help lead the way in tackling the climate emergency in the UK!​

We’ve put this summary together quickly with support from the staff team- because this is an emergency. We hope this will help businesses and other organisations to achieve ambitions of being carbon neutral by 2030. There is a lot of work to do and organisations of every size can contribute to this ambition.

Show this to your CEO or whoever is in charge – and get the ball rolling. 

Consider whether your organisation will pair words with action and declare a climate emergency, acting to help make Bristol fit for the future.

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