Soon after the Hilly Fields fair, I began receiving several letters from children regarding the issue of climate change. Thanks to one of the stalls in the fair, children were able to write to me about their primary concerns about climate change. It is great to know that children in Lewisham Deptford are so knowledgeable and eager to provide solutions.
It seems that animal welfare is one of the major concerns with ‘Save the turtles!’ making a regular appearance across the letters. Many had great suggestions for local improvements, such as growing more plants, trees and meadows in the local area. I absolutely agree and for this reason, I recently agreed to hold a public meeting in the local community to discuss the actions we can take locally to improve the environment. I will be advertising the details closer to the time on my website and on Twitter – but if you are interested in attending, please do get in touch with me so my team can send details about the meeting once it’s been organised.
A few of the children were concerned that politicians do not care about the earth’s future but rest assured because the Labour Party has lots of plans for what we would do to tackle global warming if we were in Government. The Labour Party is committed to ensuring 60% of the UK’s electricity and heating comes from renewable sources within twelve years. This would involve almost tripling solar power capacity, installing solar panels on all viable UK roofs to generate enough power for 2.5 million homes. We would create an estimated 70,000 new jobs and form part of a wider plan that will help to reduce our net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. All in a bid to transform society and the economy by creating lots of new green jobs and by investing in green industries. The Labour Party’s environment policy is called “The Green Transformation” and includes more information about Labour’s plans to tackle climate change, air pollution and to improve energy efficiency.
It is more important than ever that we act now to reduce our emissions and seek sustainable solutions to tackle global warming – not just in our country, but across the world. It was heart-warming to see that children as young as five are just as invested as me and the Party are in confronting these issues head-on.