On world Earth Day, members of Havering’s Extinction Rebellion today write in the Havering Daily:
Climate Strategies should be issued within Boroughs to set out targets and best practice throughout the Council for all sorts of issues such as minimising our carbon emissions, protecting our environment, and minimising air pollution. The last Climate Strategy our Borough saw was issued in 2014 and was supposed to last us until 2017. This Plan sets out that ‘Progress on the Climate Change Action Plan will be reported regularly to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee’. However, as far as we have found, progress has never been reported. In fact, when we first started discussing this outdated Plan with the Council, they didn’t know it existed. We don’t know whether Havering hit any targets or if theydid any of what it had set out to do, because Havering has refused to publish any sort of document to show the results.
Havering Council have now agreed to set up a Topic Group to draw up a new Climate Strategy document, and the Topic Group have now presumably begun to work on this new document. XR Havering have tried to find out how the Topic Group will function, if they will ask for views of residents of Havering, how transparent the process will be, and what sort of timeline they will be working to. Unfortunately we have been informed that there are no minutes of Topic Group meetings, they will not be broadcast as other Council meetings are, and we do not know when the public will get to have a look at any proposed strategy.
We believe it is time for Havering residents to voice their opinions and ideas – if you are concerned about climate change, the environment, air quality, floodingor wildlife in Havering, we would love for you to share your views with the Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee whose details can be found here: Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee
You might also like to consider joining us to help protect our local environment here in Havering – within XR Havering you can give as little or as much as you like, we appreciate any time that volunteers can give to save our Borough.