Lambeth Council is the first council in the country to declare a Climate Emergency and has committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. All three Ferndale councillors were proud to vote for this motion at a Full Council meeting. The motion called on the Tory government to get a grip of the issue by providing more funding and resources for carbon reduction activities. The motion references the highly worrying October report from the IPCC on Global Warming and describes the enormous harm that a 2°C rise in global temperatures is likely to cause compared to the 1.5°C rise committed to in the Paris climate agreement. You can find our more here. You can also read our plan on how to reach net zero emissions here.
To achieve this we need a truly collaborative approach in Lambeth – that means the council, businesses, community groups and residents coming together to tackle this issue head on and secure our future. That’s why we have committed to setting up a Lambeth Citizen’s Assembly as a part of the solution to the climate crisis.
We have already made significant carbon savings by reducing the council’s office buildings from 14 to two. We have installed over 120 electric vehicle charging points since May last year. We have introduced 5 green screens at Lambeth schools so far. We continue to work with community energy partners to install solar on our estates and schools. We are re-shaping our streets so that it is easier and more attractive to walk and cycle to encourage healthier lives and reduce emissions.