It is now clear that the world has less than 12 years to switch away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
In response to this on 5 December 2018 Frome Town Council declared a climate emergency and committed to going carbon neutral by 2030. The Councillors also unanimously agreed to sign up to the Covenant of Mayors to track progress and link with towns around the world who are cutting emissions.
As well as helping to raise the profile of this vital issue and secure external support and funding, reducing energy use and switching to clean energy will also increase energy security, improve air quality, minimise fuel poverty, boost the local economy and provide jobs and training.
See the map showing local governments that have declared a Climate Emergency here.