Eighty three Birmingham City Councillors voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency earlier this month. They called on the government to provide the ‘powers and resources’ to help Birmingham become zero-carbon by 2030. I was in the viewers’ gallery, swept up in the frenzy of excited applause, and finding it hard to suppress a glow of pride. Only four short months before, the chances of Birmingham – the birthplace of the industrial revolution – declaring a climate emergency or even taking small steps towards defending the living planet seemed practically non-existent.
Ecologist 25th June 2019 read more »