Councillor on Medway Council
Speech delivered to full Council regarding the Council Leader's report

John Ward

Speech delivered at the full Council meeting on 20th July 2006

Thank you, Madam Mayor, fellow members.

I‘m looking at the Cabinet decisions on climate change, numbers 155 to 158 of 2006, taken just two days ago in relation to Councillor Chishti‘s Motion at the last meeting of this Council.

This is good stuff, and—as a particularly green member of what is the greenest party in this Chamber—I am so very pleased that we are doing what the Cabinet has and of course still moving forward.

It‘s not just councils and other organisations who need to contribute to tackling this most important issue, Madam Mayor: all of us as individuals can and should play our own part.

In my own case, I have vowed never to own a polluting vehicle, I have energy-saving lighting at home, and even my latest mains-powered computer takes only three Watts of power, rather than the more typical two to three hundred Watts, thus saving energy demands and thereby indirectly helping to reduce carbon emissions.

What I can do, others can do, and I urge everyone to think hard of ways that they can do even more themselves, in their own homes and workplaces.

All our human eggs are in this one, fragile basket called Earth. We cannot afford to lose it as our home—we have nowhere else to go.

Thank you so very much, Madam Mayor.

John M Ward (Councillor, Rochester South and Horsted)