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Climate / SIC ‘recognises global climate emergency’

The statement comes after a petition was handed to the SIC on Wednesday morning

SIC council convener Malcolm Bell accepting the climate change petition from campaigners Laura Bisset, Isla Johnson, Brian Ashley, Jim Sutherland and Isa Kristensen-Bragg. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

SHETLAND Islands Council has formally “recognised the global climate emergency”.

It comes after campaigners from Climate Action Shetland handed over a petition to Shetland Islands Council on Wednesday morning.

At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, a motion was passed saying “action is required” on the climate issue.

It read: “As a council we recognise the global climate emergency. The evidence is irrefutable and the science is clear. Action is required. As a council we must demonstrate the community leadership.

“We must act and engage the community to ensure that Shetland can and does play our fair and just role in tackling this global emergency.

The petition, which has over 700 signatures, called on the local authority to ‘declare’ a climate emergency.

A report on climate change was presented by council officials at Wednesday’s meeting.

The report, which can be viewed here, received the backing of the council’s environment and transport committee and policy and resource committee on Tuesday.

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