Redbridge Council declare Climate Emergency - A statement from the Greens

27 June 2019

A statement from Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party

On Thursday 20th June, members of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party, along with campaigners from Wanstead Climate Action, Extinction Rebellion and Redbridge Cycling Campaign, attended a demo outside Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford, where the council were set to debate whether to declare a climate emergency.

This follows our earlier calls and petition, and the NEU's similar calls to declare a climate emergency.

Before the council meeting, the Coordinator of Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party, Andrew Johns, presented Councillor Paul Donovan with signatures collected online and in person by members of the Green Party, Wanstead Climate Action and Extinction Rebellion.

The motion was passed unanimously, with the council proposing a number of measures they will take, effectively meaning our petition has been a success.

However, we remain cautious until we see these measures become a reality. Andrew Johns said: "Redbridge Council has heard the calls and acknowledged there is a climate emergency. They've outlined an initial plan of action, but that's the easy part. We'll be watching closely to ensure they stick to their word and will call them out if we see council plans that are incompatible with this commitment."

Johns added, "As an example, their plans to build on Manford Way Park should be immediately reviewed in light of this declaration."


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