Kirklees Council votes to endorse the Tipping Point Declaration

Tipping pt lobby Nov 14 (3)

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in the message. Leaders must act.”

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon 2/11/14

Last night Kirklees Council voted to endorse the Tipping Point Declaration.

The Liberal Democrat motion to Kirklees Council on climate change to which the Declaration was appended, was passed with 43 votes, a small number of abstentions and no votes against.

This was a great result and greatly to Kirklees Council’s credit!

By pure coincidence, the vote was timely, coming as it did 72 hours after the release of the IPCC Synthesis Report. The report states that climate change is set to inflict severe, widespread and irreversible impacts on people and the planet unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly.

But it also finds that ways to avoid dangerous global warming are both available and affordable. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, “Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in the message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.”  Coverage of the release of the IPCC Synthesis Report can be read on   Of course, in itself, this vote will achieve nothing tangible. But Kirklees Council has a much-deserved reputation for taking action on climate change in numerous schemes, perhaps most famously its Warm Zone scheme.

If this motion makes some small contribution to understanding the scale of the challenge that climate change poses and the opportunities that we have to address it and, in so doing, on so many levels, create a better world, then we will have been delighted to have engaged with it.

If it, in some small way, helps to inform further practical action by Kirklees Council, so much the better.   In our deputation speech, we quoted the words of Nicholas Stern spoken three days earlier: “The reality of climate change is undeniable, and cannot be simply wished away by politicians who lack the courage to confront the scientific evidence.” We believe that by voting for the motion, Kirklees Council stated clearly that climate change is real, man-made, enormously threatening and a challenge that requires rapid solutions.   Our deputation speech can be viewed on

The debate and vote can be viewed from 2 hours 16 mins to 2 hours 26 minutes on

We would like to thank the Liberal Democrat group of councillors for showing leadership on this matter. We enjoyed working with them and appreciate their help.

We would also like to thank all the people from our network who attended the  deputation and lobby of the Town Hall to help give copies of our briefing to councillors, giving them clear and referenced reasons for supporting the motion.

Tipping pt lobby Nov 14

This was great ‘finale’ for the Tipping Point Declaration that we created in January and which we used to start conversations with fellow citizens, local and national representatives, other groups across the country and national figures in politics, industry and finance. You can read about the Tipping Points campaign here

Thank you to everyone who helped us with it along the way.


Dewsbury Reporter pre-debate coverage of Lib Dem motion

Tipping Point Declaration signed by leaders of Party groups on Kirklees Council




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