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The more I learn about the terrible damage man is inflicting on the earth and its biodiversity, it makes me really sad to think that ou...

UK local authorities need to do more to reduce their impact on climate change and implement environmentally-friendly strategies, a campaigning group has claimed.

In the wake of last week's Local Government Association (LGA) report into Climate Change, Friends of the Earth (FoE) have called on local councils to take urgent action to address climate change.

Last week's report urged authorities to implement measures including sustainable procurement as well as promoting carbon emission reduction in housing, planning and transport, and FoE climate campaigner Martyn Williams called for immediate change.

"Climate change is the biggest threat facing humankind, and local authorities have a crucial role to play in tackling it. But is seems that too many are failing to take this issue seriously," he said.

"The government must give councils the power and resources to make major cuts in UK emissions, and introduce legislation to ensure that they do it. They must stop dithering and take urgent action now," he added.

Last month the LGA highlighted the efforts being made by councils and heath services around the UK to pursue sustainable procurement policies, also calling on authorities to step up their green purchasing efforts.ADNFCR-1231-ID-18389859-ADNFCR

Article Date: 11 December 2007

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