Regional summit told that urgent climate action is required

A climate action plan for Yorkshire and the Humber finds that the region will have used up its share of the global carbon budget consistent with a “good chance” of staying within 1.5 °C of warming – the focus of COP26 – which concluded yesterday – within just six years if urgent action is not taken now.

The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Action Plan, published on 10 November, calls for significant climate leadership from larger institutions in government and the public and private sectors to deliver “significant, tangible contributions” to help tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

Fostering shared responsibility, moving from targets and planning to action, and putting climate and nature at the heart of all areas of decision making are three of the key recommendations from the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission, which also commits to undertake a raft of ambitious actions itself.

It also stresses the need for Yorkshire and Humber to be “climate ready” to face increasing risks from climate change, stating that not acting with the required urgency and ambition will both prolong the region’s contribution to the problem and worsen local impacts.

The Climate Action Plan was developed with contributions from more than 500 people from across the region and was presented at the Yorkshire Post Climate Change Summit in Leeds’ Royal Armouries Museum on 10 November. The gathering, co-organised with the Commission, brought together a range of politicians, business leaders, academics and media as well as other members of the public who were also able to watch key sessions via livestreaming.

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Posting source: Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission.


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