On the 27th February 2016 – Campaigners from across Yorkshire came together at Leeds Civic Hall to launch the Zero Carbon Yorkshire initiative to rally people around bold policies that can transition Yorkshire off fossil fuels to tackle climate change and inequality. Zero Carbon Yorkshire are linking in their launch with the Leap Year, arguing that ‘small steps are no longer enough, it is time to make a leap’.
Zero Carbon Yorkshire is aiming for Yorkshire to be the first Zero Carbon region in Britain, with a roadmap as to how Yorkshire can accelerate the transition to renewable energy, insulate our homes to a high standard and radically improve our transport system. ZCY is building a broad-based,region-wide movement that will bring together businesses, local government, academia, religious groups, campaigners and individuals in a new and ground-breaking partnership to forge a better future for Yorkshire, demonstrating what a clean, green, renewable-energy-driven powerhouse England’s largest county has the potential to become.
The international climate summit in Paris left us in no doubt that radical changes to our economy are required to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to keep the climate within safe limits. It is clear that we cannot rely on governments alone to take the action needed to tackle climate change – the real solutions will come from the people, from local communities working together with the determination to take control of our own lives and our local economy. As many parts of Yorkshire are having to fight against fracking schemes, fuel poverty and poor air quality, the Zero Carbon Yorkshire campaign offers a chance to rally around a vision for the world we actually do want. We want to bring warm homes, clean community-owned energy, better public transport and local climate jobs to Yorkshire within the next 10-15 years. It is an ambitious goal but, if we roll our sleeves up and get to work, it can be done. Join us!