Climate Strike Protestes were attended by thousands of people across UK today on 20th September 2019 to join a global climate change protest, with pupils walking out of schools and workers downing tools to demand action.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told young people at the Westminster rally: “You and a whole generation have brought [climate change] centre stage and I am absolutely delighted about that.
“If we’re going to sustain this planet we need to get to net zero emissions a lot, lot quicker than 2050 [the government’s target],” he said.
He wants every country to sign up to the Paris Agreement, which commits signatory nations to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times.
Referring to President Donald Trump, Mr Corbyn said it was “disgraceful when you get a president of a major country like the US” who says they will walk away.
Ealing council declared climate emergency at full council meeting in April which can be seen here
Our new transport strategy in the Borough encourages residents and commuters to use more public transport and avoid cars where possible and instead share cars. At a meeting of the full council in December 2018, a motion against the construction of a third runway was backed by councillors due to its detrimental effect on the quality of residents’ lives in the borough through damaging levels of air pollution. Our Recycling rate is more than 50% which is highest in London and we are working hard to increase it further.
There are many ways you can contribute to tackle climate change, such as:
- Review your use of energy at home and how you can reduce it to help environment as well as save money
- The decisions we make about food can have a profound effect on the environment.
- Eat more meat-free meals
- Buy organic and local whenever possible
- Don’t waste food
- Grow your own
The many ways to reduce your transportation emissions will also make you healthier, happier and save you a few bucks. Whenever and wherever you can:
- Take public transport
- Ride a bike or advocate for bike lanes in your community
- Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle
- Fly less (if you do fly, make sure you offset your emissions)
- Limiting the use of fossil fuels such as oil, carbon and natural gas and replacing them with renewable and cleaner sources of energy
- More importantly, the environmental impact of modern wars is devastating on planet earth. Our government and world leaders need to show commitments to protect the environment from the impacts of war, and to prevent future conflicts over natural resources. Say no to Wars!