A motion to formally declare a climate emergency has been backed by West Norfolk councillors.

Last Thursday’s full council meeting voted in favour of the motion, put forward by Paul Kunes, the council’s environment portfolio holder. His motion said the council had recognised the “scientific and moral need” to act on climate change, had introduced measures to reduce its impact on carbon emissions and the environment and was committed to help others make positive changes.

The move has been welcomed by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Extinction Rebellion, which said it had been campaigning for two years.

A campaign group spokesman said: “West Norfolk is one of the most vulnerable places in Britain to climate change, so this recognition is long overdue. We must remember that a declaration is just words, the first step, and what counts is the action that follows.”

Council leader Stuart Dark told the meeting permission would be sought from the council to invest £1m over the next four years into the portfolio to “deliver on climate change and not just talk and virtue signal” about it.

λ The council’s work has been showcased in a video produced by the government’s Cabinet Office.

Borough council leader Stuart Dark, said: “We are delighted that our work has been cited and picked as an example of good practice.  

“We have been working diligently behind the scenes to reduce our carbon footprint and our commitment to this work and investment to tackle this important issue will continue.”

In the video, Mr Kunes talks about  measures the council has taken to reduce its carbon footprint, including the installation of ground source heat pumps in a number of its buildings and solar panels on roof tops to power pumps.

In the One Step Greener, Together For Our Planet video, Mr Kunes explains  the measures will save a total of 500 tonnes of C02 and the council’s aim is to achieve zero carbon by 2035.

The video has been released ahead of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference starting next month.