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East Riding Declares Ecological Emergency

East Riding Council has declared an Ecological Emergency.

Councillors voted unanimously to back the declaration, which councillor Philip Redshaw says will help the authority to consider ecological impacts when it makes decisions.

The council declared a Climate emergency back in 2021 and is also involved in the Yorkshire & Humber Climate Commission’s climate adaptation programme

Declaring an Ecological Emergency Declaration is a way of:

  • recognising the severity and urgency of the ecological situation.
  • underline the council's commitment to take action - to protect and restore nature whilst reducing human impact on the environment.
  • Show that the council intends to act on the causes and the impacts of the climate and ecological crises.
  • Add weight and support ongoing natural environment workstreams and the statutory requirements, whilst also demonstrating practical support for the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commissions Climate Pledge.

Councillor Philip Redshaw says the latest data shows how nature is being affected by climate change.

The declaration was unanimously supported by councillors at a full council meeting last week.


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