Highlands Liberal Democrats call on the Council to urgently plant more trees to tackle climate change
Councillor Trish Robertson, Vice-Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee said:
“I would like to see at least one tree planted for every person in the Highlands. That is 235,180 trees.
The climate crisis is a global emergency. We can’t just sit by and let it happen. We need to act now to create a clean, green and carbon-free future."
Having declared a climate and ecological emergency Highland Council have made a commitment to revisit the Carbon Clever declaration made by the Council in 2012 and to also consider new measures to tackle this issue.
Left to right: Cllr Alasdair Christie (Inverness Ness-side), Cllr Carolyn Caddick (Inverness South), Cllr Denis Rixson (Caol and Mallaig), Cllr Trish Robertson (Culloden and Ardesier)
Councillor Denis Rixson, the Liberal Democrat candidate (PPC) for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey, proposed the motion. He said:
“The Liberal Democrats support the Council’s commitment to tackle the climate emergency and want to see the Highlands take a lead by having more trees planted throughout the Highlands as a carbon sink, an economic resource, and a recreational facility.
Globally and locally, the consequences of failing to limit the warming of our planet will be severe. As a council, we must do everything we can."
Highland Council will be having a public consultation on further steps to tackle climate change, and the Highland Liberal Democrats everyone who can to get involved.