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Deputies call for urgent climate change action

Deputies call for urgent climate change action

Sunday 23 June 2019

Deputies call for urgent climate change action


The States will be committed to "urgently addressing the climate and ecological crisis" if an amendment to the P&R Plan is successful.

Deputies Lindsay De Sausmarez and Andrea Dudley-Owen want to add a further commitment to tackling climate change at a local and international level through their amendment to the Policy & Resource Plan, which will be debated on Tuesday.

Extinction Rebellion

Protesters against a climate change crisis walked and cycled from the Aquarium to a peaceful protest at Candie Gardens last month. 

The current proposal directs Environment & Infrastructure to "develop a climate change policy and a 'Climate Change Action Plan' in a policy letter no later than May 2020".

The amendment adds to that: "recognising that climate change has reached a critical point and that Guernsey must urgently address the climate and ecological crisis at both local and international levels, and recognising that, as well as addressing environmental issues, social and economic factors will be integral to this priority policy area, which may include: 

  • local action to mitigate climate change and environmental degradation
  • local policies to stimulate the 'green' and 'blue' economy and promote environmentally sustainable economic development
  • international action through overseas aid focused on climate resilience, and
  • international action through our role as a Green and Sustainable Finance Centre"

"The additional text explicitly recognises the seriousness of the global situation with regards to climate change and acknowledges Guernsey’s role, both locally and internationally, in urgently addressing it," the amendment says. 

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Deputies Andrea Dudley-Owen and Lindsay De Sausmarez are behind the amendment. 

"Guernsey has myriad opportunities to address climate change at both local and international levels. Local action focusing on meaningful reductions of carbon emissions and climate change adaptations will obviously be key in minimising the island’s contribution to the problem and coping with its effects, working where appropriate with other islands in the Bailiwick and with Jersey. However, we can look further beyond our own shores in order to maximise Guernsey’s contribution to the solution.

"For example, by positioning ourselves as a Green and Sustainable Finance Centre we can facilitate the global transition from the brown economy to the green economy, and through our overseas aid and development work we can help developing nations strengthen their resilience to climate change. Through such international action, Guernsey has the potential to make a disproportionately large and a disproportionately positive impact relative to our size, which aside from its direct benefits would also enhance our reputation and identity as a mature and responsible jurisdiction."

A climate emergency activist group handed out free copies of the book There's No Planet B to Deputies as they headed into their monthly meeting in May.


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