Last night I joined with my fellow Greenwich councillors in voting for the Council to declare a Climate Emergency. And in a rare occurance at the Town Hall, the Conservative Group actually won a vote, passing our our amendment which will significantly strengthen the Council’s actions – and gives us further opportunities to help shape them, through a new Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan.
For background, the motion on last night’s agenda declaring a Climate Emergency was brought forward by the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald – and follows more than 90 such motions passed by other local authorities in recent months. To Denise’s credit, she brought forward a substantive motion that went beyond just words to actions (as I said last night, declaring a Climate Emergency sounds pretty good, but there’s always a risk with this kind of thing of simply virtue signalling – a trap she very much avoided).
The motion was centred on a pledge for the Royal Borough of Greenwich to become carbon neutral by 2030 – and of course comes in the same week as Theresa May legislated for the UK to target net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making us the first major country to commit to ending our (ongoing) contribution to global warming. Continue reading There’ll soon be a Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan – help us to shape it