Salisbury Extinction Rebellion marks year anniversary of climate emergency

Salisbury Extinction Rebellion marks year anniversary of climate emergency

Published by Jack Deery at 5:38am 23rd June 2020.

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While social distancing, members of the environmental movement group gathered outside the Guildhall.

Last Wednesday (17th June) marked the one year anniversary of Salisbury City Council declaring a Climate Emergency

Some people from the Salisbury branch donned face masks and projected some images onto the front of the building, including one saying "tell the truth"

Extinction Rebellion Salisbury climate emergency Benji Goehl

The group say that while the city council declared the emergency, it appears that there is no plan of how to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 

After the motion was passed, the authority said they wanted to make the city as carbon neutral as possible by 2030. 

They are also aiming to achieve "clean air" in Salisbury by 2022, by:

  • Reducing vehicle emissions
  • Supporting public transport, cycling and walking
  • Replacing or converting all council-owned or operated vehicles to electric powered vehicles as soon as is practically possible
  • Encouraging the rapid phasing out of diesel-powered buses in the City by bus operators and their replacement by cleaner or non-polluting alternatives
  • Increasing wherever possible the extent of pedestrianised areas within the City centre
  • Undertaking a comprehensive programme of improvement of the insulation of all council-owned property, and ensuring that such property shall be fitted with solar panels wherever possible
  • Doing everything within its power to ensure that such standards should also apply to any new buildings which are permitted within the City.

PLEASED WITH FUNDING, BUT MORE NEEDED

Last October, Salisbury City Council did announce that £56,000 would be used to tackle the emergency, which the environmental group say they're pleased with: 

"Extinction Rebellion Salisbury (XRS) is pleased that funding of £56,000 to tackle the emergency was agreed by the Council in October last year. XRS also welcomed the council’s commitment to electrifying its fleet of vehicles, switching to non-diesel buses, installing solar power and updating the insulation on its buildings – and doing what it can to ensure all new buildings do the same; and achieving ‘clean air’ through increased pedestrianisation and reduced vehicle emissions. 

However, the sum set aside to act on the climate emergency represents only about 1% of the council’s budget. A clear plan and significantly greater commitment is required. The current initiatives, on their own, will not come close to achieving net zero and, therefore, protect us from the extreme conditions likely to result from climate change."

Extinction Rebellion Salisbury climate emergency Benji Goehl

Exinction Rebellion say they have one question for authority, "Where's your plan?"

Salisbury City Council have been approached for a comment. 

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