Hounslow Green Party

Hounslow Greens launch Climate Change petition

4 February 2019

Hounslow Green Party has launched a petition to the Council to take steps to reduce Climate Change, and invite others to sign.

The petition calls on the Council “to review their current carbon reduction plans to establish the actions needed to be compatible with 1.5 degrees warming, given the national and world concerns about the climate emergency. Further we ask the council to call on government and the Mayor of London to give Hounslow Council the powers and funding to enable Hounslow Council to become carbon neutral by 2030.”

The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities and others. The Greens welcome action by the London Assembly, Bristol City Council and other city councils around the world declaring and committing resources to tackling the Climate Emergency and becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Victoria George

Victoria George, Green Party representative for Brentford said “Climate change is an emergency – radical action is needed right now at all levels if we are to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown. Some city councils are making the decision to set more ambitious targets than the national target of 80% emissions reduction by 2050 , because evidence strongly suggests that this will be too little too late.  We want Hounslow Council to join those forward-thinking councils.”

Tony Firkins

Tony Firkins, the Hounslow Green Party co-ordinator said “Hounslow council needs to address all causes of climate change across the borough including how well insulated the housing stock is, the standards to which new buildings are constructed, how we heat our buildings, the provision of public transport using renewable energy and local generation of renewable electricity. It is not sufficient to just address one of these a bit. It is necessary to address all of them a lot.”

In November 2018, Bristol City Council declared a climate emergency, setting the goal of making Bristol carbon neutral by 2030. 

In December 2018, the London Assembly put a motion to the Mayor of London, for him to ‘declare a Climate Emergency, supported by specific emergency plans with the actions needed to make London carbon neutral by 2030, [to] call on government to give him the powers and funding to make this possible and, as vice chair of the C40 Cities network, to be a leader on this agenda.’

A number of London boroughs have motions at various stages. Lambeth has announced their target for becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

Two useful sources for detailed information on what city councils can do on a practical level to make their boroughs carbon neutral are the Mayor of London’s ‘Zero Carbon London: A 1.5°c Compatible Plan December 2018’   and ARUP’s 2018 report ‘Zero-Carbon Haringey 2050’ (available on request from Hounslow Green Party). It is worth noting however, that although these documents are of practical use, the plans outlined are not rapid or radical enough to align with achieving the 1.5°c target they aspire to.  

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