Blueprint: What we need from Government
On 23rd June, a Blueprint for accelerating climate action and a green recovery at the local level was published, examining how government can speed up climate action and implement a green recovery from coronavirus. The document was put together by a new coalition of local government, environmental and research organisations, comprising ADEPT, Ashden, Friends of the Earth, the Grantham Institute at Imperial College, Greenpeace UK, the London Environment Directors’ Network (LEDNet), the Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN) at LSE and Solace.
The UK’s net zero by 2050 target, set by the Government in 2019, can only be reached with the contribution of councils working at the local level. Without properly empowering and resourcing local authorities the target and interim targets will be missed.
Empowering local authorities is not a ‘nice to have’ but an essential. The response to Covid-19 shows how local authorities can respond effectively to a crisis, many of them are already developing plans to address the climate and ecological crises too but they urgently need the powers and resources to scale up action.
This workshop will explore what powers and resources are required urgently from Government to enable councils to reach their climate emergency targets.
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