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The next step in the climate change challenge will involve greater changes

04 October, 2019

Pupils from Carlton Primary School who recently joined the climate strikes 

• THIS summer 50 Camden citizens came together over two hot July evenings and one Saturday to consider the climate emergency facing the world and make recommendations for the council and residents of Camden.

On Monday October 7 at 7pm, members of the country’s first Climate and Ecological Emergency Citizens’ Assembly will present their 17 proposals to the full council at the Crowndale Centre.

These range from encouraging us all to switch to low-carbon dietary choices, to trialling car-free zones and introducing segregated cycle lanes, to mobilising community groups to tackle the crisis.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and listen to the debates, and I invite New Journal readers to join us.

Councillors will also be voting on a formal motion to recognise the emergency; all four parties represented in Camden are supporting the motion.

Back in 2010 the council set itself the goal of achieving a 40 per cent reduction in carbon by 2020, based on 2005 levels.

We are on track to meet this, supported by the rapid decarbonisation of the electricity grid as well as action to insulate our homes better, generate electricity from solar – such as we now do at Swiss Cottage library – and introduce new forms of low-carbon heating; like the 500 homes that benefit from the Somers Town energy project.

Other recent moves include replacing our street lighting with more efficient LED lamps and creating the Camden Climate Fund for residents, community groups, and businesses to apply to for renewable energy project funding.

The whole world needs to go much further and much faster if we are to have any hope of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

The next stage of this challenge will involve greater, more noticeable changes – such as the Camden Climate Assembly members have identified, from what we eat to how we travel. The task may seem daunting but the goal of a habitable planet for generations to come can only be worth it.

Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden


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