A Lib Dem motion about planting more trees in Gateshead to help deal with the climate emergency passed at last week's Council meeting.
Jonathan Wallace, Leader of the Opposition on Gateshead Council, said “Trees are one of the most effective ways to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels which causes climate change."
“There are many areas of open space where the council previously cut the grass but have now been abandoned. Some are turning into wastelands but they could have a new purpose as woodland, making our area greener and acting as a sponge to soak up carbon dioxide.
“We want Gateshead to have a strategy to identify those areas that could be planted up as woodland or community orchards. We want children to play their part as well through local schools.
“We cannot sit back and do nothing. We are entering a climate crisis and we need to act now to tackle it or otherwise the damage will get worse and could reach a point of no return.”
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