The Belfast City Council met on November 1st for the monthly council. Among the topics discussed was the COP26 conference and the Global Day of Action on November 6th.
The motion put forward by Councilors Fiona Ferguson and Matt Collins centered around supporting the march held in Belfast on November 6th. Councilor Ferguson would open the discussion with “This comes in the wake of yet another damning IPCC report that predicted global catastrophic warming in our life time and gave a red warning this time.”
“In the COP26 discussions, there are politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously. Change is not going to come from them.” Said Councilor Ferguson quoting Greta Thunberg, who was attending the conference.
Councilor David Baker had his daughter with him at council and added, “Being the voice for my daughter, she is deeply concerned for the indigenous communities around the world.”
In the documents for the COP26 motion, it is noted that the climate crisis is as much social issue as it an environmental one with “those who have done least to cause the crisis facing the worst impact.”
SDLP Councilor Séamas de Faoite mentioned MP Colum Eastwood and his proposed legislation in regard to the climate crisis that binds companies to targets and holding them to targets.
The council also noted that “Significant pressure is needed from across society, including local government, to ensure real action is taken to stop a climate catastrophe.”
All members of the council that spoke in the discussion agreed on supporting the November 6th march.