Glastonbury’s Green Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins, will open Glastonbury’s Climate Emergency – People’s Assembly at 1 pm on Saturday, 26th October at Glastonbury Town Hall. Doors open 12:30 pm, event closes at 3 pm.
In February, Glastonbury became the first council in Somerset to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ – and pledge to make the operation of the council carbon neutral by 2030 – when it passed a motion to address the impact created through the misuse of our planet by mankind. Many other councils have since followed Glastonbury’s lead, including Mendip District Council and Somerset County Council.
Our town, countryside, and the way we live will be increasingly affected by flooding, access to food sources, transport, and communication. How can we ensure that we have a resilient and sustainable community that we will be proud to leave for the next generation? What practical steps can we take? What can we offer? To learn more, join us to listen to presentations and view exhibits.
Come along and learn more about the depth of the issue and find out how to make your voice heard.
After the speakers, a People’s Assembly will be held – this is a format which ensures every person’s voice is heard and, together, a community plan of action will be created.
For more information contact Glastonbury Town Council:
telephone: 01458 831 769
To reduce your carbon footprint please either walk, cycle, car share, or use public transport.
Following a unanimous vote at the September meeting of the Town Council, Glastonbury has become the second Town Council in the world to become an Earth Protector Town and is now part of the programme which will be completed next year on World Earth Day, producing a framework which will then be rolled out globally.
This radical step means that the town undertakes to collaborate and cooperate with all to put the Earth First and support the realignment of Law, pledging to the moral code of: ‘first do no harm’.
It may sound like an impossible dream, given the precarious nature of systems in the World at the moment, but the Earth Protectors movement to Stop Ecocide has organised a Global Crowd Trust fund to provide legal support to small island states to go to the International Criminal Court and seek an Amendment to The Rome Statute to include a Law against Ecocide. Together we have the power to change the World, literally.
There are already four Crimes against Peace:
The Crime of Ecocide was originally to be included in The Rome Statute, but was dropped at the last moment from undue pressure by four wealthy nations, including the UK.
From the moment an Application to Stop Ecocide is accepted by the ICC, there will be an immediate effect on multinationals’ and governments’ behaviour, as insurers and banks will gradually withdraw their support from any industrial activity that is related to ecocide.
From the moment Ecocide becomes a crIminal offence and not a civil offence, CEOs and Government Officials will risk going to jail, and insurers and bankers will cease to support their activities altogether. At present CEOs highest legal responsibility is to their shareholders to make a profit. This will come to an end.
The Earth Protectors movement Stop Ecocide continues to steadily gain ground, attracting support from a range of notable people and barristers, from Deepak Chopra to Dame Janet Goodall, from the late Michael Meacher to David Hart QC and Michael Stewart QC. Other towns are on the road to becoming Earth Protector towns such as Totnes, and Frome. There are also towns in Greece and Portugal moving towards pledging themselves.
In line with declaring itself an Earth Protector Town (working from the bottom at local level), Glastonbury has also passed a motion to support the passing of an Ecocide law at the Highest Judicial Court in the World recognised by the United Nations (working from the top down). It is envisaged that these two interlinked movements will pay a large part in the reshaping of the world in response to the current Ecological Social, and Economic climate, and will give our children hope for the future as we undergo a paradigm shift in order to survive.
There will be a short Ceremony marking the Pledge for Glastonbury to become an Earth Protector town during the Second Climate Emergency Event and People’s Assembly at the Town Hall on Saturday, 26th October. The entire community will be very welcome to attend on what the Council hopes will be a very special occasion.
For more information about Earth Protector Towns and Stop Ecocide, please click HERE.
Glastonbury’s Green Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Jon Cousins, will compère this special Climate Emergency Day event, which focuses on “Lifestyle Choices and Sustainable Future for Our Community”; open from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, 21st September 2019, at Glastonbury Town Hall.
Featuring key-note speaker Anita Van Rossum of Stop Ecocide, giving a talk on the urgent importance of ecocide being recognised as a crime and the Earth Protector Town initiative.
“We are facing an emergency and communities countrywide are trying to find ways to lessen its impact”.
This is a free event is organised by Glastonbury Town Council, Somerset Waste Partnership, local community food growers, Extinction Rebellion, Plastic Free Glastonbury, Friends of the Earth, and Earth Protectors.
There will be guest speakers, films, and stalls with information and advice on sourcing local food produce and growing your own; switching to renewable energy; how to reduce consumption; reducing plastic use; recycling; composting; and gardening for wildlife.
For more information please click HERE.
by Dr Richard Tabor.
Published in the Central Somerset Gazette on Thursday, 28th February 2019.
In a rare moment of consensus ten of eleven Glastonbury Town Council members attending a meeting depleted by illness on Tuesday 12th February voted to pass a motion declaring a Climate Emergency put forward by two former mayors. Only Conservative representative and County Councillor Terry Napper abstained as other members from all parties voted in favour.
Green Party councillor Jon Cousins spoke to the motion which was supported by his colleague, Emma George. Citing the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures highlighted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change the council’s ambitious Climate Emergency committed Glastonbury to:
“1) Continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.”
After reading out the motion Councillor Cousins spoke of the “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, reminding his colleagues that Climate Change is a serious issue effecting everyone. He noted that Town Councillors as representatives of the community needed to take action because seemingly insignificant every-day actions, such as discarding a plastic bag, can have far reaching consequences as demonstrated by the vast amount of plastic waste floating in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
He went on to say that the decisions we make now as individuals, as communities and as a nation will be judged by our children and grandchildren who will have to deal with the consequences. In calling for the motion to be adopted he concluded that the council had a duty to future generations to be on the ‘right side of history’. He received eloquent support from Councillor Emma George who explained that other Councils across the UK had already passed similar motions and had pledged to make their towns carbon neutral by 2030. Only Councillor Napper was unwilling to support the motion as he felt that the word ‘pledge’ was too strong. The passing of the vote was received with huge cheer from an uncharacteristically full public gallery.
Glastonbury’s Green Councillors are absolutely delighted that – this evening – Glastonbury Town Council declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and pledged to make the operation of Council carbon neutral by 2030; with cross-party support for the Climate Emergency Motion proposed and seconded by Green Councillors Lindsay MacDougall and Jon Cousins.
Climate Emergency Motion:
In light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Global Warming’s 2018 special report on Climate Change – warning of the dire consequences of a 1.5 degree rise in global temperatures, and highlighting the need for rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – this Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency’ and will:
1) continue to show foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Change, having adopted an Environmental Charter, opposed fracking in the Mendips and throughout the UK, installed solar panels on the Town Hall roof, and banned single use plastics;
2) pledge to make the operation of Glastonbury Town Council carbon neutral by 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.