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Brighton Journal | June 25, 2019

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Brighton invests over half a million for climate change emergency

Hannah Midgley

Brighton and Hove City Council is preparing to introduce city-wide initiatives to help combat our climate change crisis, following a Green budget win.

£690, 000 will be going towards biodiversity protection and a
‘carbon reduction and sustainability fund’, as well as solar panels, renewable energy projects and transport improvements receiving a boost.

The council is also going to increase the number of staff members that it currently has working to deliver sustainability projects, to help tackle the climate change emergency.

Green Party Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, has said:

“Following the declaration of climate emergency – and news that have just eleven years to act to avert climate chaos, we ploughed £609k back into climate change mitigation and sustainability budgets. Our insistence that the council must take action on climate change has now been acknowledged. Greens will keep pushing for action – we cannot afford to wait.”

Green Finance Lead, Councillor Ollie Sykes has commented:

“Climate change impacts are in the news on a weekly basis now. Since the sustainability team was cut by Labour and Tories, we’ve lost a few years of work. I’m very happy that council now has the resources to plan seriously to reduce emissions and protect biodiversity in and around our city, for all our futures.”

The Brighton Journal went to the Youth Strike for Climate Change March, the article is available here.

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