Extinction Rebellion ‘Take the First Step’ Tree Planting Action Starts: February 14, 9.30 Shire Hall, Hereford

Extinction Rebellion members from across the county will be present at Herefordshire Council’s meeting on 14 Feb to congratulate the administration on making its first budget a “climate–friendly” budget.

And, to celebrate the first anniversary on 8 March of the Council’s declaration of a climate emergency, XR Herefordshire will be giving every local councillor a tree for them to plant in a suitable place in their ward.

Councillors will be invited to label their tree:

“In planting this tree, I pledge to consider the full life time of this tree and that from this day forward all decisions I make on behalf of the residents of Herefordshire will take all future generations into account.”

Only by properly considering all future generations and the health of the natural world on which they will depend can we adequately address the climate crisis. By recognising there is a climate crisis and putting the required changes into effect, XR believes there are huge opportunities to create a better, greener future for everyone in our beautiful county.

Across the county XR is already working with landowners, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, the Size of Herefordshire and others to dramatically increase the tree cover in the county.

“We want to see one new tree per Herefordshire resident (i.e. 192,000) planted in the next three years and over the next 10 years, (i.e. by 2030) we’d like to see a million trees planted in Herefordshire as part of a ‘Community Tree Planting’ scheme”.

We see this massive community-led tree-planting scheme as one small but key part of creating that better future we envisage. Business as usual is not an option!

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