There is no doubt that our planet is facing an environmental breakdown. The IPCC has found that the earth’s temperature is likely to rise by 1.5C between now and 2050 if it continues to increase at the current rate.
The UK’s former Chief Scientist has said it’s appropriate to be scared about the pace of climate change, given the increase in the number of extreme weather events.
Climate will have a catastrophic impact across the world – here in Britain we can expect rising sea levels leaving many of our coastal communities uninhabitable, greater extremes in temperature making leading the lives that we are used to much harder, food shortages, loss of natural species due to the change in climate, and much more.
As leaders of our towns and cities, Labour councillors are taking bold action to tackle the impact of climate change. Not only is it our job to make sure that our towns and cities are the greenest they can be – whether that’s ensuring that residents and visitors can travel on green transport, that council buildings are as efficient as they can be, or increasing biodiversity locally.
Labour councils also have an important role in helping our residents change their own behaviour – whether this be through reducing energy consumption or changing the way they travel to one that is greener and more sustainable.
We should all be proud of the work that Labour councillors are doing to tackle climate change. This website brings together all of the best practice by Labour councils and Labour Groups in opposition, and I’d encourage all of Labour in local government to see what colleagues around the country are doing and to see what they can take back to their own council areas.
We’ve also got campaign materials to help you campaign on climate related issues locally, and we’ll be publishing weekly blogs on the climate emergency and the action that is being taken to tackle it.
If you do have any positive case studies which share what your council have been doing in this area please do send them to the LGA Labour team, as we’ll keep updating the website with best practice.