Belfast City Council puts climate change resilience firmly on agenda
12 Aug 2019
Today, Monday 12 August, sees the first ever meeting of a new Belfast City Council all-party working group on the climate crisis.
Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor John Finucane said: “We’re placing a clear emphasis on how Belfast can ensure its resilience to our changing climate; protecting our citizens – and particularly those most vulnerable - from existing and likely future effects of climate breakdown and investigating measures the Council can take to limit its impact on the climate crisis.
“Climate change has reached a point where we need to make urgent and concerted efforts to understand and prepare for its impact – both through research and considering good practice from other cities. Fortunately, our membership of the 100 Resilient Cities Network will give us access to international knowledge, interventions and best practice.
“We need to know how climate change is likely to impact on our citizens’ health and wellbeing, but also how it may have a knock on effect on the ambitions we’ve set out in the Belfast Agenda, including attracting and retaining investment. We’ve also got a responsibility as civic leader to inform our residents and encourage positive changes in business and community behaviour.”
The Working Group, made up of one member of each of the eight political parties represented on Council, and advised by the city’s Commissioner for Resilience, will meet monthly to monitor and consider challenges for and risks to Belfast as a result of climate change and will make recommendations to Council on a series of interventions to build Belfast’s climate resilience. It will also have an important working relationship with external stakeholders and partners including the recently established Belfast Climate Commission, in partnership with Queen’s University.