Jersey declares climate change emergency

JERSEY has declared a 'climate change emergency' and action is being planned to greatly reduce the Island's carbon footprint over the next decade following an almost unanimous vote in the States Assembly.

Deputy Robert Ward                                                             Picture: ROB CURRIE. (24563483)
Deputy Robert Ward Picture: ROB CURRIE. (24563483)

Deputy Robert Ward's proposition, which also called for Jersey to become carbon neutral by 2030, was approved by 40 votes to one yesterday, with Senator Sarah Ferguson the only politician opposing the motion.

The proposals, which were partially changed due to an amendment lodged by Environment Minister John Young, will also require carbon reduction policies to be assessed as part of the next government plan in 2020.

During a lengthy debate, measures proposed to achieve carbon neutrality included encouraging more electric vehicles, increasing taxes on fossil fuels and even acting to reduce consumption of lamb and beef, which are viewed as environmentally damaging produce.

Carbon-neutrality is when organisations, businesses or individuals remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put into it.

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