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It's Up to Us to Lead on Climate Change, Says LGA Chair

Magazine article Public Finance

It's Up to Us to Lead on Climate Change, Says LGA Chair

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Councils must take the lead on climate change, the Local Government Association has warned.

Launching its climate change campaign, Small Change, Big Difference, on March 13, LGA chair Sir Simon Milton called on local government to 'take the lead, from reducing our own emissions and becoming more energy efficient to visibly taking real steps to protect our communities from extreme weather'.

Addressing delegates at the LGA's Future Places Conference in Liverpool, he called on councils to commit to:

* all Local Area Agreements containing at least one target relating to climate change;

* signing the Nottingham Declaration on climate change by the end of 2008;

* reducing their carbon footprint by 1.5 million tonnes; and

* reducing carbon emissions by 32 million tonnes.

'Local government is the only body able to drive effective change at the household level, and with households producing a quarter of all emissions, we must drive that change forward,' Milton said. …

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