Do you have 15 minutes free today to send an email and be a friend of the Earth?
A government consultation called ‘Strengthening Local Democracy’ is (among other objectives) determining councils’ role on meeting climate change targets. I'm writting a quick email to argue that councils should cut carbon emissions in their area by at least 40 per cent by 2020. It is important that the government set a minimum standard of action on climate for all councils to meet our national targets.
Today, now, I'm sending a short and concise email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It includes a personalised version of some of the following points suggested by FoE.
(1) This consultation and the Government’s commitment to local authorities have a stronger role in tackling climate change is welcome.
(2) The UK is committed to achieving CO2 emissions reductions of 34 per cent by 2020. To meet this target, and to avoid dangerous climate change, will require radical action by all sections of society and Government, including all local authorities.
(3) Under the current voluntary system, a minority of local authorities are taking real, systematic action on climate change, and most are doing very little.
(4) All councils adopting short-term emissions targets or local carbon budgets would have the effect of ensuring that all local authorities take their share of the national responsibility. Either could be a good way forward.
(5) Whichever mechanism is adopted, it should ensure that that all local authorities are required to meet a minimum standard of action. Doing nothing should no longer be an option for councils.
(6) The Government’s proposal to provide more support for councils to act on climate change, including new funding and new powers, is very welcome.
The following is needed:
- More information for councils on how to cut carbon. Friends of the Earth supports a new regional technical advice body on Climate Change to help provide the evidence base for action on climate change.
- New innovative financing enabling councils to fund positive climate solutions on renewable energy.
- A strong role for local authorities in co-coordinating funding streams - for example when deciding where to target and spend money from programs for home insulation and energy efficiency.
- That councils must be ‘challenged’ by the government to reduce carbon from transport. To achieve this we think the Department for Transport must check councils’ local transport plans for carbon – and refuse to accept plans that increase CO2.
- More community engagement in developing local climate solutions. If you can, stress the benefits you think that this would bring to people in your area. Eg. a planning system that that encourages green and efficient heating – like district heating networks for communities, or solar panels on homes, could slash people’s fuel bills, create jobs and boost the local economy.
Emails must reach the Department of Communities and Local Government today as the consultation closes 2nd of October.