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Responding to the Climate Emergency


In a series of UN reports, thousands of scientists and government reviewers agreed that limiting global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C would help us avoid the worst climate impacts and maintain a liveable climate. Yet policies currently in place point to a 2.8°C temperature rise by the end of the century.

The emissions that cause climate change come from every part of the world and affect everyone, but some countries produce much more than others. The seven biggest emitters alone (China, the United States of America, India, the European Union, Indonesia, the Russian Federation, and Brazil) accounted for about half of all global greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.

Everyone must take climate action, but people and countries creating more of the problem have a greater responsibility to act first.

In response to the climate threat, we declared a climate emergency and are committed to making the Council’s activities net zero carbon by 2030. Below are examples of the work that we are doing in response to this.


Groups in Weymouth can now apply for funding for projects which specifically tackle the climate and ecological emergency. The Environment and Services Committee agreed the new grants scheme on Wednesday 6th March. In total, £10,000 is up for grabs, and groups can apply for funding of between £500 and £2,500 to support their initiatives.

To find out more information on how to apply click here.

Emergency Planning can be found here.