Shaping North Ayrshire process
Well an emergency is something serious so when I read “climate emergency” it comes across like it is something serious that needs to be acted upon instantly.
However you need to go a lot further than just acknowledging it. You need to act to appropriate measure for the situation.
So if the question really is “Do I fully believe that North Ayrshire council will handle the situation appropriately?” - the answer is not necessary.
I find this a funny question to be honest and I’m not sure what kind of response you are trying to illicit.
Do you want my understanding of “climate emergency”?, do you want to know how seriously people take it?
Do you just want to know how we feel?
Ross Collins Ayrshire Greens
I would take it with a pinch of salt: until i see all NAC senior members of staff cycling to work I will look on it as another ‘millennium bug’ type issue and ask myself “who is making money out of all this”. Emergency for the underclasses.
"Empty rhetoric" - aknowledging and emergency is progress but NAC should be 'demanding climate action'. Our project has had the oppurtunity to take many NAC councillors in biodiversity awareness training in partnership with NAC Biodiversity Officer. During these events and from attendeance at Council meetings is is apparent to me that a large proportion of councillors and decision makers are climate change sceptics and/or not concerned with impacts of climate change, environmental and health emergency. There are other emergencies in North Ayrshire including child poverty, drug deaths, sustainable jobs, intergenerational exclusion that require immediate attention but all issues require rwference to and focus through the climate emergency lens.
I am happy that it is on the radar. I do however have concerns over what North Ayrshire will actually do. To be frank, they are not well known for developing plans and strategies. The usual approach is to wait and see what the government are handing out funding for, and thats what they will do - nothing else. So I feel a bit concerned about what North Ayrshire will contribute.
Declaring a "climate emergency" is all well and good - but it is very easy for a council to write up a statement. Sound bites, quotes are a great way of looking like they are doing something. Do you all genuinely think that NAC is seing this as serious? What substantial changes, implementations have the council introduced to tackle its environmental impact? What plans are they introducing that DRASTICALLY challenge the behaviours and attitudes of its residents? Words are well intentioned, i'm sure; but until we see concrete, radical actions from NAC, then that is all they will be: hollow soundbites that appease the popular demand.
It sound alarmist, but when you consider how much we need to do to change our way of life to make a real difference to our CO2 output, and how little time there may be before we reach a "tipping point" you realise that this is an emergency.
Good that is is being highlighted as a concern for North Ayrshire and the local environment, but we don’t always have to the first Local Authority to tackle everything. Any strategies and plans have to be realistic in terms of NAC budget and staff available . We need to prioritize what is important to local people and the issues they face on a day to day basis.
That something need to be done now and that this is a serious issue
Over the top. 60 years ago scientists were saying we were coming to the end of an interglacial warm period, ice shadows in Canada were lasting longer and we were heading for another ice age. Perhaps our "global warming" averted the next ice age.I read that 2k years ago Orkney islanders caught and ate sea bream because the seas were warmer then. Also in Roman times i read that there were vinyards in Britain because it was warmer then.
Honestly? I read it as a 'licence to print money'. I can see whole teams of consultants being employed doing calculations and other teams checking bins and driveways before sending out fines for non-compliance, meanwhile, in China...