SERIOUS MONDAY: ARE COUNCILS DOING THEIR BIT IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT?

More than half of all voters think their local council should be forcing people to take action on climate change, according to a new survey.

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, says its research found that 56% of people believe this would help in the fight against climate change.

More than 60% of people who took part in the survey also felt that local councils should offer financial incentives to encourage people to be “greener” – while 53% felt  councils should have penalty schemes for residents who do not do their bit for the environment.

An overwhelming number of people also felt that climate change should be    one of the top five priorities for their local council.

A spokesman for LGA said: “Families understandably wonder why they should stop flying abroad for their summer holiday when they see other people driving everywhere in a gas guzzler. People would doubtless be inclined to recycle more if they were confident all their neighbours were making the same effort.”

Last month, the LGA launched a climate change campaign – Small Change, Big Difference – which encourages the local government sector to do more and calls for greater powers for councils.

Sadly, at the same time as the LGA released its findings, a survey by car hire firm, Enterprise, apparently found that more than half of all public bodies in the UK  – which includes local councils  – don’t yet have an employee whose primary role is to address sustainability issues.

And an astonishing 87% of public sector purchase managers admitted that cost is still the most important consideration when deciding their transport policy.

Convenience was also seen as very important, pushing the environmental impact of travel into third place.

An Enterprise spokesman said: “It’s not surprising that cost ranks high on the list of factors when choosing methods of transport – after all, it’s important to get the best value from money that comes out of the public purse.  The worry is that environmental concerns came in such a distant third place.

“Environmental managers need to be given a louder voice within the public sector – and they need to be given the authority to make a real difference and ensure that cost concerns don’t completely overshadow environmental considerations.”

Not surprisingly, the Enterprise findings have led many people to suggest that local councils should practice what they preach – before they talk about bringing in rules or penalties for individuals who are not helping in the fight against global warming.

Susan

Advertisements

0 Responses to “SERIOUS MONDAY: ARE COUNCILS DOING THEIR BIT IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT?”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: