Milton Declares a Climate Emergency

 

The town of Milton has declared a climate emergency.

On July 22, 2019, at a council meeting a motion was carried regarding the town of Milton declaring a climate emergency.

"Now be it resolved that the town of Milton declare a climate emergency and that climate change mitigation is an immediate and continued priority for the municipality, as well as in the interest of partnership with our sister municipalities in Halton, and to fulfill its social obligations to act in the best interests of the town of Milton and its citizens," reads the meeting minutes.

Eight councillors voted in favour of this motion while one was opposed to it. The motion, as a result, was ultimately carried.

However, it was requested that part of the motion be voted on separately.

"And be it further resolved that council direct this resolution to staff in order to undertake the following actions: to include a staff resource dedicated to sustainability and energy management in the 2020 budget for council consideration, direct staff to inquire and provide council with a report as to long term potential cost benefits of transitioning town's fleet to electric vehicles where possible, that staff provide an annual update to Milton council on corporate initiatives related to climate change mitigation, that staff consider all opportunities to include language in future policy-planning work that acknowledges climate change, and that staff are directed to inquire and provide council a report as to what Milton can do to strongly encourage the development community to include EV charging stations in future medium to high-density applications," notes the meeting minutes.

All nine councillors voted in favour of this.

Several other municipalities have also declared climate emergencies. These municipalities include Halton Hills, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, and St. Catharines.

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