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Jeremy Corbyn shows his support for Islington Council’s “climate emergency”

Council set to release detailed plan to cut carbon emissions to net-zero in February

05 July, 2019 — By Emily Finch

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn made a rare visit to the Town Hall’s full council meeting to show his support for the declaration of a “climate emergency” last Thursday.

The Islington North MP held up a banner on the Town Hall steps which read “Climate Action Now” but did not stay to listen to the three- hour council meeting.

He said: “Tonight, I applaud Islington Council for declaring a climate emergency and setting an example for other communities to also act.”
He warned that “we have no time to waste”, adding: “The scale and severity of the climate emergency requires urgent action in every country and in every community.”

Inside the chamber, councillors united to back a motion declaring a climate emergency. Environment chief Councillor Claudia Webbe told the meeting: “We face an environmental and climate emergency. Let us reflect on the word emergency. I didn’t say issue, I didn’t say problem, I didn’t say pickle. No, I said emergency. What is happening to our planet is exactly that and it demands of us a concrete response.

“Tonight, we in Islington call time on scandalous obfuscation and say enough is enough.”
Her motion was seconded by Labour’s Cllr Tricia Clarke and backed by Labour’s Cllr David Poyser and the Green Party’s Councillor Caroline Russell.

Cllr Poyser, who chairs the environment committee, said there was a plan to have a “meeting in public” to determine how the council becomes a
carbon neutral borough. “We want to work together and work on details constructively,” he said.

The council is set to release a detailed plan in February next year of how they will become net carbon zero.

Hannah Staab, from Fossil Free Islington, who lobbied the council to start removing its £1.2bn pension fund from fossil fuel investments, told the meeting: “It’s brilliant how things have shifted in the last few months and it’s down to more and more people across the UK standing up.
“It’s really difficult to get net zero. The goal has to be front and centre of every single decision, policy and strategy across all departments, not just the environment.”

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