Sue Dann: “This planet is dying. It’s an emergency. We all have to act.”


Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment

A message from Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment

“If you read nothing else this week, read this:

“This planet is dying. It’s dying fast. It’s an emergency. We all have to act. We all have to do something.

“Put simply, drastic action is necessary. But if we all start to do small things, we will together make a difference and I want Plymouth City Council to lead the way in change.

“I want us to help people make the right choices and do the right things, so that as a city, we can turn the corner and with luck, become carbon neutral much sooner that our already ambitious 2030 target.

“How? Well that’s what we need to find out. We’re already doing a range of things to help make Plymouth carbon neutral. These include reducing Plymouth’s carbon footprint by decreasing carbon emissions, becoming more energy efficient, investing in renewable energy and taking action to offset carbon emissions, such as planting trees.

“But there is a long way to go and we need the residents of Plymouth on board.

“In order to find out what people are already doing, and how we as a Council can support their efforts, we have to find out about people’s habits and ways of living and working and how they are prepared to change them.

“So fill in the survey at the link below, tell us where you are now and where you want to go.

“When we’ve got this data, we can start to get an idea of some of the challenges ahead of us; we can focus some of our campaigns into behaviour change; we can start to understand the size of the task in front of us.

“Let me tell you now – this won’t be easy. There will be some really tough choices to make. But they’ve got to be made.

“I’ve got children, I’ve got grandchildren and I won’t stand by. I will do my bit, I will make sure that the Council does their bit. Now it’s up to you to do your bit.”

Take the survey today: https://plymouth-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planning/low_carbon/ce2019