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On Wednesday 27th March our Parish Assembly voted to declare a ‘climate change emergency’ in St Helier and to aim for the Parish to become carbon neutral by 2025-2030, making the Parish the most southerly place in the British Isles to make this commitment. As Deputy Ward pointed out in the report accompanying his proposition (available on our website: https://bit.ly/2V7H9s5), we join numerous local authorities the length and breadth of the land who have also committed to put environmental sustainability at the heart of what they do. This decision by the Parish Assembly came at exactly the right time, as it means that the various environmental initiatives we have been taking as a Parish, such as our kerbside recycling, wildflower planting, and plastic-free policies, will be grouped together with a single focus and developed in a more comprehensive and coordinated way. A working group has been set up to take forward the many steps, large and small, which need to be taken in order for us to achieve our ambitious goals, but I am confident that we will be able to achieve them given the level of expertise, as well as enthusiasm, which is displayed by those who have joined the working group. I am very grateful to Deputy Ward for bringing this matter forward at both the Parish and the States Assembly levels, and look forward to working with the many groups and individuals who are concerned about the environment to do as much as we can to reduce pollution, conserve energy and minimise waste.
Simon Crowcroft, Constable of St Helier
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