London must take lead role on climate change

Earlier this month I successfully put forward an amendment to a London Assembly motion calling on the Mayor of London to fully reflect the urgency of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.

The IPCC is right: urgency is the name of the game. But the Mayor will not be able to accelerate action working in isolation.

My amendment noted the pioneering role that the Greater London Authority played in establishing the C40 Cities Group, with the aim of taking action at the city level to achieve measurable reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. I think we need to take a pioneering role yet again.

We’re just entering a very short window of time when the world must really implement decarbonisation programmes to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Cities are responsible for three-quarters of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. They are also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. And they are absolutely central to tackling it. London is no exception, but this Mayor is not doing enough.

Boris Johnson likes to say his goal is to make London the best big city in the world. But if it really is going to be, then it needs to be the best big city in the world on climate change.

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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