Greenwich Council to declare a climate emergency
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Our children's lives and futures are at risk. Climate change is real. And it is getting worse. 9000 people a year die from air pollution in London. These deaths are avoidable. But only with action and planning
In December of 2018 the ICC reports on climate change forecast a devastating future for our planet if we do not take drastic and immediate action to tackle climate change. Shortly afterwards the Mayor of London declared a climate emergency for the capital.
Unfortunately Greenwich council do not agree and have rejected all calls for a climate emergency. This despite several other London councils declaring them, including nearby Lewisham, Hackney and Islington.
We believe that the environmental crisis is too big to ignore. 9000 deaths a year in London are caused by air pollution. The air we breathe in Greenwich is already at dangerously high pollution levels. 22 air quality stations across the borough exceeded the safe air limit last year, with Woolwich Flyover reporting dangerously high levels. The roads cannot support the traffic. Our lungs cannot cope with the fumes. It is time for action. We are calling on Greenwich Council to declare a CLIMATE EMERGENCY and to implement measures to ensure Greenwich is carbon neutral by 2030 and to take the wider effects of climate change seriously. At a time when we need to do more to take cars off the road, the council continues to back the Silvertown Tunnel project, which will only increase pollution, traffic and also bring HGV's into the area which currently cannot enter the Blackwall Tunnel.
The council needs to immediately stop over £89 million of its pension fund being used to support the fracking ad fossil fuel industries. Profits should never come before the environment. It is their public duty. They are paid to represent us and they are failing us. Sign the petition!
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