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Three steps to carbon neutrality

11 April, 2019

Cllr Adam Harrison

• AT the town hall this week I declared a climate emergency and set out three next steps in our journey in Camden to carbon neutrality by 2030.

First, the next themed debate of full council will be dedicated to climate change, or climate catastrophe as perhaps we should properly call it.

We will bring together key figures who can help cut carbon locally; and we will ensure there is a strong international aspect to the debate.

Camdeners can forge and strengthen links we have with communities across the globe, many of whom will be even worse affected by the climate emergency than we will be here.

Second, the council will convene a citizens’ assembly on the matter, this year, with a special focus on ensuring voices of young people are heard.

Finally, we will agree a new environment plan to replace Green Action for Change, Camden’s decade-long dedicated plan first devised in 2010 when Councillor Angela Mason became Camden’s first named sustainability portfolio holder. This long-term view has enabled us to keep on track to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.

I am grateful to Green Party leader Siân Berry for raising this important matter on the floor of the chamber. I am also grateful to Holborn and St Pancras youth officer Matt Cooper and Swiss Cottage councillor Nayra Bello O’Shanahan for sharing the idea of a citizens’ assembly.

With all these elements combined, I am confident that together we can play our part here in Camden to do what we can to avert climate catastrophe.

Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment


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