Lambeth Greens have astonishingly tried to block urgent action to tackle the climate crisis by trying to block a decision that would allow the council to start preparing a Lambeth Citizens’ Assembly and to adopt measures that would make Lambeth Council’s operations carbon neutral by 2030.
The bold action published last Friday includes setting out the plans and rationale for holding an independently coordinated, fully representative Lambeth Citizens’ Assembly to consider the borough as a whole’s response – our residents, businesses, community organisations and anchor institutions like hospitals and universities – to the climate crisis. Given that the council’s own carbon footprint is around 1% of Lambeth’s as a whole, the need to forge a borough-wide consensus is clear because genuine change will require action from everyone. This has been a key demand of the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, that Lambeth Labour has fully endorsed.
The plans published on Friday also include Lambeth Council’s first Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan – a live, dynamic document detailing actions that will make the council’s operations carbon neutral by 2030 with its impact reviewed publicly each year against the target.
Astonishingly, after months of posturing about their own credentials on climate change, Lambeth Greens have criticised the council for moving too quickly in announcing its plans to reduce carbon emissions and tried to block the council’s plans for a fully representative citizens assembly.
Lambeth council deputy leader and cabinet member for environment and clean air, Cllr Claire Holland said “It’s astonishing that Lambeth Greens are trying to block action on climate change. We put out our carbon reduction plan as part of our Green New Deal for Lambeth, which we hope would attract support of all parties who want to see real action to tackle the climate emergency. Sadly, the Greens seem more interested in political posturing than on averting the climate crisis – and their only suggestion on how to tackle climate change seems to be to involve their own councillors in more meetings. Lambeth Labour has backed plans for a truly representative citizen’s assembly, so that our diverse population will be at the heart of deciding how together we can save our planet. I hope Lambeth’s Green councillors will reconsider and will support a citizen’s assembly and real action on climate change”.