Young People Want Politicians to do More to Protect the Planet

Posted on: 15th March 2019

Cllrs Sue James & Julian German listening to young people at County Hall, taking part in 2nd Youth 4 Climate Strike. Photo by Milo Perrin of Cornishstuff – see link to story below.

Around 300 young people gathered today at New County Hall to call for more action on climate change.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Sue James, and Deputy Leader Julian German met the organiser of the event and some of the young people who attended and let them know the Council is keen to work with them to create a collective Cornish voice to lobby parliament.

In January Cornwall Council echoed calls from residents across the county when councillors declared a climate change emergency, calling on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cornwall Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Having listened to young people who were at today’s gathering it is clear that they have strong views about what more can be done to tackle to climate change.

“We want to help the young people of Cornwall to air their views and we wish to seek their opinions to inform the future thinking of the Council, in the matter of climate change.

“We also encourage young people to get involved in decision-making on a local level, such as through their schools, colleges, town and parish councils, to keep climate change high on the agenda.”

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