Ealing Friends of the Earth

Make climate top priority, urge election campaigners

Ealing Friends of the Earth is contacting candidates for the London Assembly elections to ask them to sign a Friends of the Earth Climate Action Pledge which will commit them to making the climate crisis a top priority.

The London Assembly elections will be held on Thursday May 6th and the Ealing and Hillingdon seat is currently held by Dr Onkar Sahota from the Labour group who is chair of the London Assembly Health Committee.

Dr Sahota also serves on the Environment Committee so we hope that he will have no problem signing up to the FoE Climate Action Pledge. The Pledge urges decision-makers in London to show real climate leadership and is backed by an Action Plan setting out 10 priorities which FoE urges the next Mayor of London to implement.

The other candidates for the Ealing and Hillingdon seat are: Marijn van de Geer (Green Party); Gregory Stafford (Conservatives) and Hussein Khan (Liberal Democrats). Ealing FoE (working with Hillingdon FoE) will be contacting them as well to ask them to sign the Climate Action Pledge. We will also aim to meet the candidates by zoom discuss their plans for tackling the climate crisis should they be successful in the election.

The FoE Climate Action Plan’s 10 priorities for the next Mayor of London are:

  1. Ensuring all infrastructure plans, programmes, and investment decisions – including plans to “build back better”’ from COVID-19 – are in line with what’s needed to address the climate and ecological emergency, including London’s carbon budget and the carbon reduction pathway.
  2. Ensuring those most impacted by climate breakdown and nature loss are heard and put centrestage in decision-making.
  3. Protecting workers and communities through a just transition from a fossil fuel-dependent economy to a low-carbon, nature-rich, circular economy, including delivering the 79,616 jobs that a Local Government Association analysis says could be created in the region by 2030.
  4. Introducing policies and measures that ensure new development is net zero carbon, and existing homes are brought up to high energy standards, thereby relegating fuel poverty to the history books.
  5. Increasing public transport use, cycling and walking to at least 80% of journeys within the next 10 years, to cut climate emissions and ensure everyone can breathe clean air.
  6. Powering the region with clean, renewable energy and reaping the economic and job opportunities it will bring, while ensuring fossil fuels are kept in the ground.
  7. Greening the city region by increasing tree cover, protecting nature, and eliminating greenspace deprivation.
  8. Becoming a zero-waste city region by 2030 without reliance on landfill or incineration to reduce pressures on nature from resource extraction and pollution.
  9. Calling on the local government pension scheme to divest from fossil fuels, to stop profiting from environmental harm.
  10. Opposing climate-wrecking and traffic-generating developments, including airport expansion at Heathrow and London City, and instead focus on cutting traffic levels.

Each point in this plan includes a number of specific actions and Ealing and Hillingdon FoE groups plan to contact the successful candidate in six months or a year’s time to find out how much they have achieved under each section.

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