We need to change – not the climate!

21 October 2019
Hornbeam JoyRiders - Waltham Forest
  • Have your say on the most important issue facing our planet by telling us how we can tackle the climate emergency together
  • Campaign launched to support the work of expert-led commission looking at how we can build on the 35% reduction in carbon emissions in Waltham Forest since 2005
  • The climate commission will listen to the results of the survey before making recommendations on how we can make Waltham Forest a sustainable borough for future generations
  • All subscribers to the Climate Emergency newsletter will be automatically entered into a competition to win a new bike worth £400 plus other exciting prizes!

To tackle the biggest issue facing the planet head on, Waltham Forest Council is calling on all residents and businesses to give us their views so that together we can make Waltham Forest a sustainable place to live, work and visit.  

In April Waltham Forest Council announced a climate emergency and have since assembled a team of experts to make recommendations on how Waltham Forest Council, its residents and businesses can tackle this global threat in one borough. A newsletter has been set up to keep people informed every step of the way.

The Climate Emergency Commission is now seeking the views of people living or working in Waltham Forest to find out what steps people are taking in their own lives in response to the climate emergency and how Waltham Forest and its residents and businesses can work together to address this global issue locally.

Working with residents, since 2005 the council has:

  • Reduced Waltham Forest households exposed to dangerous levels of No2 from 58,000 to 6,300
  • Extended the life expectancy of children born since 2013 by six weeks
  • Reduced carbon emissions by almost 35 per cent
  • Installed more than 1,000 solar panels on council properties
  • Retrofitted 10,000 homes with energy efficiency measures
  • Reduced gas consumption by 25 per cent and electricity usage by 10 per cent
  • Built more than 27 kilometres of segregated cycle lanes
  • Increased cycle usage by 103 per cent
  • Reduced car usage by 7 per cent
  • Planted more than 13,000 new trees
  • Secured international recognition for its environmental work, with recent visits from officials from New Zealand and Germany

But now the council is keen to make even bigger changes by drawing on the evidence and expertise of people in Waltham Forest through the climate emergency survey.

Subscribers to the Climate Emergency newsletter before 14 December 2019 will be entered into a prize draw, with the winner receiving win a bicycle up to the value of £400 from any local bike shop, completely free of charge. Runner up prizes are a voucher worth £100 to a local bike shop of the winner’s choice, and ten annual memberships to one of Waltham Forest’s brand new cycle hubs. If you have already subscribed, don’t worry - you have been automatically entered into the prize draw!

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “In Waltham Forest we've already been taking steps to address the climate emergency for years. But we know we all need to do a lot, lot more and we want to be even bolder in our future initiatives. We are lucky to live in a borough populated by passionate, engaged and conscientious people who have proved time and again that they care about helping Waltham Forest to be the best it can be. That’s why we are coming to them now to get involved in our local response to the global climate emergency.”

To fill in the survey, subscribe to the newsletter and find out more about the Climate Emergency Commission and its members, go to www.walthamforest.gov.uk/cec