CUMBRIA County Council plans to increase pressure on the Government to do more to combat climate change.

A motion will be put before a full meeting of the council in Kendal tomorrow in the hope of winning support across the chamber.

Liberal Democrat councillor Rebecca Hanson will ask the Government to publish a ‘clear plan of action’ and said the county council cannot tackle climate change on its own.

The motion states that the county council has long-recognised the importance of climate change and has reduced its carbon emissions.

The council says it has installed LED street lighting, introduced low emission fleet vehicles and pool cars, has rolled out low energy schemes in ‘many’ buildings and reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Ms Hanson, the councillor for Cockermouth North, said: “This council welcomes the recent decision by parliament to declare a climate change emergency in the UK, including Cumbria.

“We now call upon the Government to produce a clear plan of action, backed up by sufficient resources, to address this existential threat.”