The first city mayor in Britain to declare a ‘climate emergency’ has come under fire for flying nine hours to Canada to tell other local leaders how to cut emissions.
Bristol’s Labour mayor Marvin Rees made the 9,000-mile round trip to give a 14-minute speech at a conference in Vancouver last month.
Climate campaigners blasted Mr Rees over his long-haul flight, with one critic complaining on social media: ‘Why didn’t he do it virtually?’
He also said he wanted to ‘show off about my own city,’ and boasted about the measures that had been taken in Bristol to reduce emissions. Declaring a ‘climate emergency’ in 2018, he set a goal for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030, including cutting ‘indirect emissions’ such as international travel.