Submission Documents: By Councillor Martha Wardrop:- "Council notes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of August 2021, described by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres as a "code red for humanity". Council acknowledges the increasing frequency of heatwaves and extreme weather events across the world that are unequivocally the result of human behaviour like burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences will continue to get worse without immediate, rapid and large scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Council recognises that the devastating effects on the climate need a concerted cooperative and fully funded response by governments internationally, and that behaviour modification by individuals, while helpful, will not come anywhere close to reversing the terrible trajectory the planet is on. However, Council acknowledges that as Scotland's largest city, there are measures that can be taken locally to support those who live, work and visit Glasgow in reducing their carbon emissions. Council notes that since the IPCC's previous report of late 2018, significant steps have been taken in the city to address climate change, including: - the declaration of a climate and ecological emergency in May 2019; - the commitment to deliver a transformative Green New Deal and a just transition to low carbon jobs; - the introduction of Scotland's first Low Emission Zone, and the commitment to better monitor air pollution in the city to ensure levels continue to fall; - the dedication of 10 million to fund capital works to address the climate emergency; and, - the ratification of a Climate Plan outlining steps to meet a new 2030 target for carbon neutrality. Council has also called on the Strathclyde Pension Fund to make a formal commitment to fossil fuel divestment and to reinvest the Pension Fund Members' hard-earned money to drive a green recovery for the Glasgow region. Council believes that as the eyes of the world turn to Glasgow ahead of the COP26 conference in November, we can and must continue to do more, and we should continue to learn from other cities around the globe. Council notes that several cities in North America have taken steps, including through their development planning system and behavioural change programmes, to reduce demand for fossil fuels, particularly through the use of private vehicles. That has included measures such as those in the city of Minneapolis to restrict the development of new drive-through restaurants, and in the cities of Cambridge, Massachusetts and North Vancouver, BC, which have recently introduced local byelaws requiring climate impact warnings to be placed on petrol and diesel pumps. Council recognises that these steps could further contribute to efforts to address the climate emergency. Council instructs that papers be brought before the appropriate committees by the end of 2021, setting out how these measures could be given effect to in Glasgow, via planning policies, byelaws or other means." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission By Councillor Martha Wardrop:- "Council notes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of August 2021, described by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres as a "code red for humanity". Council acknowledges the increasing frequency of heatwaves and extreme weather events across the world that are unequivocally the result of human behaviour like burning fossil fuels, and that the consequences will continue to get worse without immediate, rapid and large scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Council recognises that the devastating effects on the climate need a concerted cooperative and fully funded response by governments internationally, and that behaviour modification by individuals, while helpful, will not come anywhere close to reversing the terrible trajectory the planet is on. However, Council acknowledges that as Scotland's largest city, there are measures that can be taken locally to support those who live, work and visit Glasgow in reducing their carbon emissions. Council notes that since the IPCC's previous report of late 2018, significant steps have been taken in the city to address climate change, including: - the declaration of a climate and ecological emergency in May 2019; - the commitment to deliver a transformative Green New Deal and a just transition to low carbon jobs; - the introduction of Scotland's first Low Emission Zone, and the commitment to better monitor air pollution in the city to ensure levels continue to fall; - the dedication of 10 million to fund capital works to address the climate emergency; and, - the ratification of a Climate Plan outlining steps to meet a new 2030 target for carbon neutrality. Council has also called on the Strathclyde Pension Fund to make a formal commitment to fossil fuel divestment and to reinvest the Pension Fund Members' hard-earned money to drive a green recovery for the Glasgow region. Council believes that as the eyes of the world turn to Glasgow ahead of the COP26 conference in November, we can and must continue to do more, and we should continue to learn from other cities around the globe. Council notes that several cities in North America have taken steps, including through their development planning system and behavioural change programmes, to reduce demand for fossil fuels, particularly through the use of private vehicles. That has included measures such as those in the city of Minneapolis to restrict the development of new drive-through restaurants, and in the cities of Cambridge, Massachusetts and North Vancouver, BC, which have recently introduced local byelaws requiring climate impact warnings to be placed on petrol and diesel pumps. Council recognises that these steps could further contribute to efforts to address the climate emergency. Council instructs that papers be brought before the appropriate committees by the end of 2021, setting out how these measures could be given effect to in Glasgow, via planning policies, byelaws or other means.".

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