The climate crisis is one of the defining issues of our time, and we all need to play our part. From tackling air pollution, improving biodiversity, and ensuring homes are energy efficient, we are ambitious and committed to getting this right, now. We simply cannot afford to wait to take action.
This means reducing our emissions – looking again at how we heat our homes, power local businesses, and promote sustainable transport. We also need to reduce waste and re-green our borough, creating biodiversity and new habitats for wildlife, and tackling air pollution through reducing congestion and promoting active travel.
A sustainable borough is also a healthier and more equal borough, tackling fuel poverty, eliminating preventable childhood asthma caused by air pollution, and saving residents money by helping them to reduce their food waste. We urgently need to improve energy efficiency for our most vulnerable residents, to lessen the impact of the Government’s failure to tackle the energy crisis.
During Covid-19, we have all appreciated our local parks and green spaces more than ever. We want to build on the progress we have made this term by planting more trees, opening up more space for people, and boosting our biodiversity. We have pledged to go even further, by planting more trees but also letting nature take the lead via rewilding projects across the borough.
Our pledges are ambitious, and rise to meet the challenge of tackling the climate crisis. We already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030, and these pledges set out how this will be achieved. We can’t focus just on one issue: we need to reduce as much as possible our carbon and environmental footprint via everything we do.
WE PLEDGE TO
- Create 10 new parks and open spaces, give back to nature 800,000 m2 (the same as 130 football pitches) through re-wilding and re-introducing wildlife, and pioneer 10 new community growing spaces in our housing estates and new developments.
- End the need to send any of Ealing’s waste to landfill through increasing reuse and recycling and reducing unnecessary waste, deliver the Borough’s first ultra-low waste zone trial, its first Library of Things, work to end our use of single-use non-recyclable plastics and work with communities to deliver new surplus food projects to reduce the amount of perfectly good food going in the bin.
- Launch our Active Travel Charter setting out how we will deliver active travel in the borough and invest at least £10m to increase cycling, walking, running, and scooting and reduce polluting vehicles through active travel schemes, rapidly expand our popular School Streets programme to 50 of our schools, delivering schemes only where we have the support of local residents.
- Make our streets and open spaces beautiful and resilient through planting another 50,000 trees, work towards increasing the proportion of the borough covered by tree canopies to 25% by doubling the number of trees we plant each year, ensuring every town has access to wild fruit, and keeping them clean and clear of fly tips and graffiti.
- Rapidly expand the number of bike hangers to at least 150 where communities want them, and electric vehicle charging points to at least 2,000 across the borough, invest £35m in improving our roads, tracks and pavements, and continue to implement controlled parking zones where a clear majority of residents want them.
- Retro-fit 750 homes in Ealing, supporting residents to insulate, power, heat and cool their homes sustainably, reduce energy bills and harmful emissions produced from gas boilers and combustion fuelled power stations through supporting 20 new community led energy projects.
- Campaign for greater powers to regulate polluting industries, and for a Clean Air Act that gives us the tools we need to tackle poor air quality, smells and pollutants.
- Campaign to win the powers we need off the Government to enforce 20mph speed limits and ramp up fines for idling vehicles to the maximum.
- Work proactively with our own pension fund, and pension funds across London to decarbonise our investments, by developing and demonstrating that alternative, sustainable investments can both sustain pensions and decarbonise the economy at the same time.
“The steps we take now to tackle the climate emergency will determine what kind of planet we leave for future generations, and will make Ealing a fairer place in the process. No act is too small to make a difference." Cllr Deirdre Costigan - Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Climate Action