A year after Trafford Council declared a Climate Emergency, Extinction Rebellion Trafford are raising awareness of the council’s failure to deliver its own targets and are asking every councillor for precise commitments to tackling carbon emissions, biodiversity loss and air pollution in Trafford.
On 27 November, we will gather outside the full council meeting at Trafford Town Hall with a forest of 63 fledging native trees, one for every Trafford councillor.
These young trees represent the fragile life threatened by the climate emergency. Our aim is to get the attention of the council and push them to prioritise the climate emergency. We want to see better progress and more transparency.
Members of Extinction Rebellion Trafford will be asking councillors to answer these three questions:
1. What will you do in 2020 to ensure that the communities you represent are informed about the climate crisis and the Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency?
2. What do you think is the most important issue around climate in Trafford and what steps are you currently taking to help address it?
3. It has been over a year since the Council declared a Climate Emergency and it still has not set a carbon budget or a date for zero carbon. What will you do to ensure that by the end of 2020 there has been swift and meaningful progress in reducing emissions?
Councillors will be encouraged to share their answers with the public on social media or discuss them face to face with members of Extinction Rebellion at the meeting on the 27 November. It has been recommended that the council engage with existing resident groups so Extinction Rebellion Trafford are expecting that the councillors are ready and willing to engage in conversation.
The councillors will be in invited to take one of the 63 trees to plant in their ward as one small step towards raising awareness of the Climate Emergency and delivering change in the communities that they represent. Any trees that are not accepted by councillors will be given directly to Trafford communities by Extinction Rebellion.
The following costs need to be covered for this action to go ahead:
63 bio-degradeable spiral guards + delivery £54.48
25 bareroot beech trees £29.75
25 bareroot field maple trees £44.75
Peat free compost £10