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We have much further to go on the climate

09 August, 2019

• WE held the country’s first citizens’ assembly on the climate emergency right here in Camden last month.

I would like to thank the 50 residents who gave up two long evenings and one Saturday to give their energy and consideration to this most important of matters.

The citizens made 19 proposals:

­– those focused on the home, such as encouraging low-carbon dietary choices, and creating more green space on residential streets;

– those focused on the neighbourhood, such as planting more trees, and creating more allotments and trialling car-free zones and days; and

– those focused on the council itself, such as establishing a climate emergency scrutiny panel made up of experts and residents, and greening the council’s own operations.

At Camden we will be taking these forward, and hearing directly from assembly representatives at the full council on October 7, at 7pm, in the Crowndale Centre.

You can also read up on the assembly itself at and watch the presentations that the citizens considered.

Since we fulfilled our manifesto commitment of a dedicated sustainability cabinet member in 2010, our decade-long plan has helped us make strong inroads into carbon use in the borough. But we have much further to go, much faster.

In 2020 we will devise our next environ­ment and biodiversity plans, and we need as many of us as possible pulling in the same direction.

I urge as many residents as possible to come along to hear the debate on 7 October, and to get in touch with your ideas for change.

Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden


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