Cllr Claire Holland is the Deputy Leader and cabinet lead on Environment and Clean Air, and a councillor in Oval ward.
This is the first election in UK history that will be defined by the policies of the main political parties on tackling the climate crisis and safeguarding the future of our planet. The only way these policies are going to be realised in government is if people vote Labour on 12 December. Labour is the only party that is taking the climate crisis seriously, is committed to a just transition, and which also has a realistic chance of becoming the governing party following the election.
The Labour manifesto sets out our plans for bringing about a Green Industrial Revolution in the UK – detailing how we will tackle both the climate crisis, whilst ensuring a sustainable and well paid jobs market that will address the effects of years of de-industrialisation and the move toward automation.
We will launch a National Transformation Fund of £400 billion and rewrite the Treasury’s rules to guarantee that every penny spent is compatible with reaching our climate and environmental targets. Of this spending commitment, £250 billion will be spent on transitioning the UK to renewable and low-carbon energy and transport, biodiversity and environmental restoration.
Labour’s approach to tackling the climate crisis is not just about funds that will help us transition to a carbon neutral future as a nation, it is people focused and will positively affect lives. Our plan for a Green Industrial Revolution will create at least one million well-paid, unionised jobs in the UK – we will train people for these jobs through our cradle to grave National Education Service. We will upgrade almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards, reducing household energy bills and eliminating fuel poverty.
I’m proud that Labour nationally is taking the lead from Labour in local government, where we are making huge progress on tackling the climate crisis in our areas. Whilst we were the first London borough to declare a climate emergency, reducing our carbon footprint is something we have been working on for years. We are committed to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030. We continue to scale up the infrastructure to enable people in Lambeth to live low-carbon lives: installing over 140 electric vehicle charging points since May last year; working with community energy partners such as Repowering London to install solar on our estates and schools; and we are re-shaping our streets so that it is safer, easier and more attractive to walk and cycle to encourage healthier lives and reduce emissions.
This Labour administration will do all we can to tackle the climate crisis, but genuine and radical change in Lambeth will require everyone – council, residents, hospitals, businesses, local organisations – to get involved, have their say and take action. Our politics today is fractured, but the climate emergency we face is only getting worse – the old way of doing things won’t cut it anymore. That’s why we are committing to holding a Lambeth Citizen’s Assembly, comprised of individuals truly representative of our diverse borough to ensure everyone’s voice is fairly reflected in this debate.
We know that the challenge we face is enormous, but we also know that the capacity of Lambeth residents to deliver real and lasting change together is great. With a Labour government, and our community working together locally we will be well equipped for taking on the climate emergency and making real, lasting change in our borough – cleaning up our toxic air and creating the infrastructure to support a higher quality of life.
For a fairer deal for Lambeth, and for a future for our planet – Vote Labour on 12 December.
Cllr Claire Holland