CS7 on Clapham Road, photograph courtesy of Stephen Craven.
An update provided by Transport to London to the London Assembly budget committee has given a clear picture of what the Mayor will have delivered by the end of his term of office in May 2016.
Only around half of the total budget for Superhighways (£209m) will have been spent by May 2016. Only the first four superhighways, which were initially created by painting blue lanes on the road but are now being re-engineered, will be completed by the end of the Mayor's term in office:
The following may be completed by May 2016:
The following are not currently scheduled for completion until after the next Mayoral election:
After questioning from Green Party AM Darren Johnson, it was revealed last month that a 12th superhighway, CS6, which was initially expected to run from Penge to the City, has now been dropped from the programme.
Despite this, Boris Johnson today claimed at Mayor’s Questions that “eleven [superhighways are] completely or virtually completed” and the other would be “unstoppable”.
Darren Johnson commented, “We need to put a stop to cyclist deaths and serious injuries on our roads and the first step to doing this is to push through the plans for cycling superhighways, including segregated cycle lanes. If the price of safer cycling is an increase in minor delays for motorists, then we should have no hesitation in creating Dutch style cycle lanes.
"I am concerned that Transport for London and the Mayor are acting so slowly to create safe spaces for cycling. All of these plans need to be fast tracked. Every delay in the superhighways and safer junctions potentially could costs lives and risk further injuries. That is simply not acceptable.”
Please note that this article has been corrected to state that only 4/12 CSs will be completed. Apologies for the previous error.]]>
Caroline Lucas protesting against fracking in 2013. Photograph courtesy of the BBC.
Lambeth Green Party Councillor Scott Ainslie has called on Lambeth Council to sell its multi-million pound investments in fossil fuels and reinvest in safer, greener, alternatives. It comes as MP Caroline Lucas also called on the House of Commons to pull its pension fund money out of oil, gas and coal.
According to the latest figures, Lambeth Council has £24.5m invested in Oil and Gas, through its pension fund. Hundreds of institutions worldwide have already divested £31bn from such investments, as a way of tackling climate change.
The Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned last week of a ‘carbon bubble’, that coal, gas and oil investments were a financial risk, given that most fossil fuels can’t be burned. Renewable energy is generating significant returns for investors.
Lambeth Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie said: “Lambeth Council should be showing leadership and demonstrating a positive way forward. Councillors cannot move the borough in a greener direction without making sure its own house is in order. Shifting the Council’s pension funds to more sustainable sources will also clearly help in the global fight against climate change.”
Caroline Lucas MP said: “There’s a strong economic reason to divest. These pension funds might not be performing as well as they might appear, once you factor in the fact that the investment in fossil fuels could well be unrealisable if we take seriously the fact we need to be weaning ourselves off fossil fuels and stay below 2C warming.”]]>
Frampton Park Estate, Hackney, photograph courtesy of Dr Neil Clifton.
98 people were evicted due to arrears between April 2013 and April 2014 compared to 61 the year before, according to information obtained by the Green Party using the Freedom of Information Act (see table below). Total evictions in Hackney were 108 in 2013/14 compared to 72 in 2012/13 – suggesting the rise in total evictions was as a direct result of the rise in evictions due to arrears from the Government’s welfare reforms.
Hackney Green Party spokesperson, Charlotte George, said:
“These welfare reforms are hitting the poorest and the most vulnerable in our communities. How the Government can say that they are “fair” and “helping” people is beyond me. We are further increasing the gap between the wealthy and the rest by ghettoising and victimising people who need help paying the ridiculous rents in Hackney.”
Welfare reforms such as the Bedroom Tax and the Benefit Cap were introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2013. As a result of this, rising prices, and low ways, many council tenants are struggling to meet their bills and are falling to debt and arrears (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
Charlotte George added:
“The Green Party is totally against these reforms and other austerity measures, which target people who are already hard done by. We will fight for a Citizen’s Wage, to ensure no-one in this country is in poverty, paid for by a Robin Hood Tax and land value tax, targeting the rich. We need to build more social housing and reclaim empty homes to help with the housing crisis, and rent controls should be introduced across London. Only then will we see our society mending the schism between the haves and have nots.”
|2012/13||Evicted (Arrears)||Evicted (ASB)||Evicted (Other Reasons)||Total|
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Ludgate Circus has been the site of the death of two cyclists in the last year and eight deaths or serious injuries since Boris Johnson was elected Mayor.
Darren Johnson AM, will be asking Boris Johnson to bring forward plans to finish all the proposed cycling superhighways and extensions, at Mayor’s Questions on Wednesday morning.
In June, Darren asked the Mayor if the proposed north-south superhighway would be finished within a year of the death of a cyclist at Ludgate Circus in April. The superhighway will segregate two arms of the junction, but will not segregate the east-west route through Ludgate Circus.
Darren Johnson commented, “We have had two fatalities at Ludgate Circus within the last year and a total of eight people killed or seriously injured since Boris Johnson was elected Mayor. Every cyclist death is an individual tragedy and I feel for their friends and relatives, but all of them add up to public scandal of neglect on our roads. We need to put a stop to deaths and serious injuries on our roads and the first step to doing this is to push through the plans for segregated cycle lanes. If the price of safer cycling is an increase in minor delays for motorists, then we should have no hesitation in creating Dutch style cycle lanes.
I am concerned that Transport for London and the Mayor are acting so slowly to create safe spaces for cycling. All of these plans need to be fast tracked. Every delay in the superhighways and safer junctions potentially could costs lives and risk further injuries. That is simply not acceptable.”]]>
Green Party Councillors in London have issued a united call for action to tackle wage inequality in the capital as thousands take to the streets in support of the TUC’s “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march.
Incomes in London are more unequal than anywhere else in the country. The top ten percent of earners in the capital currently take home four and half times the poorest tenth – a ratio that continues to expand.
London’s Green Councillors are calling on councils and businesses across the capital to work together to redress this balance. They want councils to pay at least the living wage to their staff and are also pushing for businesses to work towards achieving a 10:1 pay ratio within their company so that top pay is no more than 10 times the lowest.
Sian Berry, Green Party Councillor for Camden, said:
“Only when the London living wage is championed by employers across the capital will we start to reduce the wealth gap and ensure that everyone earns enough to build a life around. As public sector employers, councils have a duty to set the standard on fair pay, including for the staff employed by contractors, many of whom are still on zero-hours contracts a earning way-off what most people would consider to be a decent wage."
Scott Ainslie, Green Party Councillor for Lambeth, said:
"Greens in Lambeth have successfully pushed the council to become a Living Wage employer, and we are now getting that extended to contractors. Making these changes can bring huge financial and social benefits - helping to ensure workers earn enough to provide for themselves and their families.
"But there is much more that needs to be done to tackle wage inequality too, which hurts so many on low pay. The problem is not too little money to go around. The problem is that it is not being spread equally. We need to work together to create more wage equality, from which everyone benefits."
Darren Johnson AM has accused the Mayor of promoting the sale of land and homes at MIPIM-UK to “big developers and rich investors” in his opportunity areas, following analysis of the prices of homes sold in the areas to date. Land Registry figures show the average price of homes sold in past developments in the ‘opportunity areas’ where there are new opportunities that the Mayor will promote:
· Vauxhall Tower, Lambeth: average £2,116,539 – 59x median income
· Neo Bankside, Southwark: £1,668,141 – 47x
· Wallace Court, Kidbrooke, Greenwich: £370,680 – 10x
· Strata, Southwark: 284 flats, £368,069 – 10x
· Woodberry Down, Hackney: £352,381 – 10x
· Colindale, Barnet: £285,190 – 8x
· Saffron Square, Croydon: £226,156 – 6x
· Hale Village, Tottenham, Haringey: £219,675 – 6x
To be affordable to the median household, the prices shouldn’t be more than 4.5 times their income. The Mayor’s own research found that two thirds of new homes are bought by investors.
Vauxhall Tower, part of the St. George Wharf development. Photograph courtesy of Gareth Jones.
Darren Johnson said: “The Mayor is speaking at MIPIM-UK for one reason: to encourage big developers and rich investors to buy up London’s land and homes. He wants them to demolish more council housing, and build tower blocks of luxury flats for landlords and speculators. Most Londoners are completely priced out of these so-called opportunity areas.
“I fully support the campaigners calling for a radical change in direction. We need to stop speculators with a land value tax, build more social housing instead of demolishing it, and give private tenants more stability and certainty over their rents.”]]>
At the Space for Cycling protest. Photograph courtesy of Jim Killock.
Responding to speculation that Coca Cola has expressed an interest in taking over from Barclays as the sponsor of the Mayor’s bike hire scheme, London Assembly Member Jenny Jones in a written question has asked Boris Johnson to:
“instruct TfL to reject any future advertising bids from a) companies associated with high sugar, fat and processed foods and drinks linked to childhood obesity and b) companies whose products are perceived to undermine or are at odds with public health messages”
Jenny Jones previously criticised Boris Johnson for allowing Coca-Cola Great Britain to sponsor the Mayor’s FreeSport programme.]]>
Simon Birkett, Clean Air in London; Alan Haughton, Stop City Airport Campaign; Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth; Darren Johnson, Green Party Member of the London Assembly. Photograph courtesy of thisislocallondon.
TfL have released new figures to Darren Johnson which show that flows northbound across the Blackwall/Silvertown crossings will increase by 13,000 vehicle movements (in a 12 hour period) each day if no tolls were in place.
In August, a YouGov survey for business group London First showed that only 32 per cent of residents were in favour of currently free crossings like Blackwall being subject to a toll.
Darren Johnson said: “Areas of Greenwich, Newham and Tower Hamlets could end up with a lot more congestion and pollution than the Mayor of London suggested in the public consultation leaflets and displays. Boris Johnson wants to build a four lane tunnel at Silvertown, but is telling everyone that it will function as a two lane tunnel for those drivers who are prepared to pay the tolls. The reality is that any decisions about tolls is subject to a public consultation and whatever is decided by this Mayor could always be changed by a future Mayor.”
“Instead of building new roads which will generate more traffic, the Mayor should be thinking about extra public transport links. London has been growing at the rate of a 100,000 extra people a year for over a decade now, but car traffic has declined by 1% a year during that time. We have kept London moving by increasing capacity on public transport and encouraging people to walk, or cycle more. We need to build on that record of success.”]]>
Below are Baroness Jenny Jones questions to Boris Johnson, submitted for October’s Mayors Question Time:
Mayor's sponsorship deals with Coca Cola and McDonalds
In an open letter to the chief medical officer for England, the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, the Royal College of General Practitioners and a coalition of other health professionals said "an entire generation is being destroyed by a diet of junk food and sugary drinks". In light of this comment and your recent deals with Coca Cola and McDonald's to sponsor two of your programmes FreeSport and Capital Clean Up (which targets, amongst others, youth groups and takes their branding into the school environment) are you making a mockery of your health responsibilities by giving your Mayoral endorsement to companies whose products are associated with childhood obesity?
TfL bus stops converted into Walker's Crisps tweet activated vending machines
As part of Walkers Crisps marketing stunt 'Do us a Flavour', TfL allowed a number of its bus stops to be converted into temporary vending machines that dispensed free packets of crisps. Concerns have been expressed about this type of direct marketing of processed junk snacks, particularly as children congregate at bus stops and can be disproportionately influenced by such marketing. Given your health responsibilities, will you instruct TfL to reject any future advertising bids from a) companies associated with high sugar, fat and processed foods and drinks linked to childhood obesity and b) companies whose products are perceived to undermine or are at odds with public health messages?]]>
Lambeth Town Hall, photograph courtesy of Steve Cadman.
The Green Party has welcomed the announcement by Lambeth Council to re-take direct control of its homes in the borough by dissolving the Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) Lambeth Living, but warned there is no guarantee that the terrible treatment of tenants will end.
The Green Party is also calling for a cast iron guarantee that there would be no job losses, as well as a review of the benefits of ending the contracting out of privatised services such as repairs.
The announcement that Lambeth Living would be dissolved was made today. It comes after a stream of complaints from tenants about money being wasted on mismanagement and poor repairs. Last week Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visited Cressingham Gardens in Tulse Hill to highlight the issues of poor management there, and the Council's proposals to demolish the housing rather than repair it properly.
Jonathan Bartley, Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Streatham said: "The ALMO model was established by New Labour, and in the case of Lambeth Living has failed to improve the quality of housing services for residents - whilst contractors and consultants have profited.
"There is no guarantee that the consistently poor treatment of tenants will end. But the Council should guarantee no job losses when taking housing management staff back in house, and should now review the benefits of bringing privatised services such as repairs back in house."]]>
Photograph courtesy of alternativeSE4.
Darren Johnson AM has criticised the Mayor of London for approving the Mount Pleasant scheme today, and called on him to honour his commitment to try and ensure homes built at Mount Pleasant are marketed to potential home owners, rather than investors. Darren has opposed the scheme, and previously pressed the Mayor to rethink it with a community-led approach.
Darren commented, “The Mayor has shown again that he is in the pockets of big developers and rich investors. Wasting land on luxury flats sold to rich investors with next to no affordable housing in a deeply flawed scheme is no solution to London’s housing crisis.
“The Mayor has often said he doesn’t want homes being sold to oligarchs. This is his chance to show he means it. Two thirds of new homes in London are sold to rich investors, so I will press him to come up with somebody better than a voluntary agreement covering expensive flats.”]]>
South-west Haringey with the City in the background, from Alexandra Palace, one of the highest points in London.
Haringey Green Party successfully defended third place in Thursday's by-election for the vacant Woodside seat on Haringey Council. A campaign team of 30 Green Party activists, including visiting activists from Islington, spreading the offer of a "positive protest vote", helped secure 191 votes for Tom Davidson and third place with 8.1% of the vote despite being out-resourced by the bigger parties.
Green candidate Tom Davidson held the third place first attained by the Greens in last May’s local elections, maintaining their lead over both the Conservatives and UKIP. "Our message went down well on the doorstep, and I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me” said Davidson “I'd also like to pay tribute to our wonderful team of activists. We ran an effective ground campaign that undoubtedly made the difference for third place. UKIP fancied their chances of beating us, so we needed to scrap hard in this by-election just to defend our May placing. Of course we still remember Pat Egan and his family and friends, and we sincerely wish that the by-election had not been necessary.”
This safe Labour seat was duly held by Labour candidate Charles Wright. The extensive personal involvement and resourcing of embattled MP Lynne Featherstone, who is 13 points behind in her constituency in latest polling, helped hold second place for the Liberal Democrats for the time being. Turnout was a disappointing 25%. UKIP were targeting the ward and putting resources into running a ground campaign in this by-election, and they came fourth with 161 votes, ahead of the Tories in fifth with 140.
With a 16.3% borough-wide vote share last May, the Green Party has taken second place ahead of the Lib Dems in seven Haringey wards, including six of the nine wards in Tottenham.
A recent Lord Ashcroft marginal constituency poll of General Election voting intentions in Hornsey & Wood Green showed the Green Party polling at 8% - more than triple the share recorded at the 2010 General Election. Meanwhile Green Party of England & Wales membership has grown by 45% this year alone.
Gordon Peters, the Green Party's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Hornsey & Wood Green, said: "This may be the Green Party's least strong ward in this constituency, a more 'outer London' working class area. It's also an area where many people demonstrably feel neglected by out-of-touch elites. But in Woodside as across Haringey, the positive Green message of 'hope not fear' still has more takers than either the vicious austerity of the Conservatives or the hatred and division of UKIP. The Greens may lack the lavish media coverage of UKIP and the Tories, but we have volunteers - ordinary people - spreading our message, one doorstep at a time. I was also proud to campaign with the cross-party 'Stand Up to UKIP' group during this election campaign, and I'm also very pleased that the Greens remain the best placed alternative to the never-ending duopoly on Haringey Council under the unfair voting system."
Christine de León, Green Party PPC, added: "It matters a lot to me, and to other activists in Haringey Greens, that we render UKIP irrelevant everywhere in Haringey. People know that the Greens are not just a single issue party for the chattering classes, we represent everyone who wants radical change through social, economic and climate justice."]]>
The Green Party is the second party in Islington having achieved record results across both constituencies in recent elections. In May, The Greens achieved 19% of the vote across the borough in the local council elections and 16% in the European elections. The Green Party also holds the sole opposition seat on Islington Council. Having achieved second place in every ward in the 2012 Mayoral Election across Islington North, The Green Party has been steadily growing to become the borough’s second party.
Caroline Russell – Islington North
Cllr Caroline Russell is the Green Party councillor for Highbury East within the Islington North constituency.
Caroline has lived in Islington since 1986, initially in Kings Cross and since 1992 in Highbury. She is 52 and married with three children. She has a Fine Art MA from Goldsmiths and a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from City University. Over the years she has worked as a bicycle dispatch rider, community arts leader, university lecturer and, after a period of full time motherhood combined with community activism, as a transport campaigner.
As a walking and cycling campaigner, Caroline specialises in advocacy on behalf of pedestrians and for more people-friendly streets. She is the Green Party’s national spokesperson on Local Transport and speaks out for reducing both road danger and air pollution. She is passionate about addressing health inequality by promoting population-wide levels of physical activity through daily journeys on foot and by bike.
She has been involved in multiple local campaigns for many years. In particular as a parent governor at Canonbury Primary School and Chair of Islington Living Streets.
Caroline Russell said, “Having watched the energetic debates about politics and democracy and the massive voter turn out in Scotland recently, I hope that the general election campaign will result in similar levels of debate and engagement across our borough. The last years have been a disaster for both environmental and social justice. We are facing a climate catastrophe and we know the next eight to ten years are crucial to get ourselves off the collision course with climate chaos.
Our public services are increasingly threatened. Labour set in train the logic of the current government, in the form of deregulation, NHS foundation trusts and academies, that is leading to escalating privatisation of public services. I want to give voters a real alternative.”
Charlie Kiss – Islington South and Finsbury
Charlie Kiss is the Islington Green Party Campaign Coordinator having lived in London for 38 years. He works for Camden Council in their repairs costing department as an Order Compliance Officer. Charlie is an active local member of the Green Party and was involved from the start in campaigns against tax avoidance, campaigned for affordable housing and has led Tenants’ Associations.
Charlie Kiss, 49, lives in Holloway and went to a comprehensive school, obtained a grant to study at the London College of Printing and then worked in the printing industry. He later gained a Business Studies degree (BA Hons) and post graduate degrees in Economics and International Politics (MA) all by evening class.
He is a Unison activist and shop steward. He has experienced unemployment and homelessness and is passionate about the housing crisis and the need to reverse Britain's extreme inequality. He is a strong believer in LGBT equality and justice and is trans himself. He is also a volunteer for the scrutiny panel of a Housing Association.
Charlie Kiss said; “Islington South and Finsbury faces several serious issues including growing severe inequality and poverty across the constituency. I will be campaigning for a wealth tax on those with assets over £3million and for a maximum ratio of ten-to-one between the highest and lowest earners within an organisation. Greens also want to reverse the privatisation of public services, especially within the NHS, and we also want to return the railways into public ownership and control. Locally, I will be looking to make our roads safer, especially along Clerkenwell Road, and protecting Islington’s buildings for local business and community use. I want to stop further development of unaffordable luxury property and instead create more council housing across the constituency.”
Darren Johnson photographed outside the flats in Carpenters Estate.
Following the outcome of the court case today Darren Johnson has called for Newham Council to apologise for its attempted eviction of the Focus E15 Mothers group and to cease further such legal actions. The group currently occupy flats in the Carpenters Estate. He has already written to Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham, questioning some of the council’s claims and suggesting a community-led solution.
Darren commented, “When I visited the occupation yesterday I met an organised group of people doing inspiring work to campaign against the housing crisis. They were organising their legal case, playing with their children, renovating a flat downstairs, organising the many social activities they are putting on for the wider local community. They are model citizens and Newham Council should be ashamed for the way it has treated them."
“Instead of demolishing social housing and evicting campaigners, Newham Council should work constructively with local people to refurbish homes on the Carpenters Estate and find community-led solutions to the housing crisis.
“We are seeing all too many perfectly serviceable social housing estates face demolition when refurbishment would be the obvious solution. I’ve worked with local residents to stave off demolition at Carpenters for several years now, going back to the time of the Olympics bid, and applaud the current protest. These homes should be lived in. The Mayor of London, as chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, should ensure the local community are put in control of the estate’s future, and that these homes are lived in.”]]>
Caroline Allen, Green Party candidate for May's European elections, joins forces with the Focus E15 group.
The London Green Party is backing the Focus E15 Mothers group, and calls on Newham Council to:
1. Immediately stop persecuting the squatters, and to enable them to live in the empty homes on short-life contracts for the time being, working with them to access funds to bring the empty homes into use.
2. Work with the residents group 'Carpenters Against Regeneration Plans' and Focus E15 Mothers to develop a plan for the comprehensive refurbishment of the estate, providing them with secure and affordable social housing. This can be financed by the addition of new housing for private sale on existing buildings and under-used land.
3. Follow Hackney Council in refusing to attend the MIPIM UK property fair being held in London in October, and overhaul its housing strategy which has been so beneficial to rich investors and land owners, and which has delivered too few social rented homes for people like the Focus E15 Mothers group.
Tom Chance from the Green Party said:
"Like so many in the past year, we've been inspired by these women and applaud their direct action. Instead of smearing and persecuting them, Newham councillors should be celebrating and supporting their constituents.
"Councils like Newham cannot continue to demolish social housing and replacing it with expensive homes for the benefit of rich investors and big developers. Local residents need more than the crumbs they get from this rich man's feast."]]>
A selfie of Darren Johnson at the construction of the new ticket hall at the Victoria tube station.
Darren Johnson, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, has welcomed the introduction of a 24 hour service at weekends on the London Underground but warned that the Mayor cannot continue to overstretch staff.
There will be six trains per hour through central London on all ‘Night Tube’ lines, including the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines. On the Northern line, there will be eight trains per hour to meet demand at busy stations between Leicester Square and Camden Town.
Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson commented: “A night time tube service is long overdue but we need to make sure it remains safe for both passengers and staff. The Mayor mustn’t try to do this on the cheap using over-stretched staff who can’t deal with the inevitable hassles, medical issues and overcrowding at closing time.”
Islington Councillor and Green Party Local Transport Spokesperson Caroline Russell added:
"For anyone working or out late in London, the night tube proposals offer a convenient new transport option and will be taken up with enthusiasm."
"However, the proposal seems to have been announced with little consultation with the workers affected. The Mayor's recent drive to slash tube staff numbers means that ever-smaller teams are being asked to take on more and more work - risking their health and the safety of passengers.
"We need a more joined-up approach. We want public transport to be as convenient and accessible as possible but that has to be balanced with the well-being of those who are tasked with delivering it."]]>
London Superhighway 7, photograph courtesy of Stephen Craven.
Two of the cycling superhighways have been dropped. CS6 Penge to City (Borough roads - via Camberwell and Elephant and Castle) and C12 East Finchley to Angel (A1 - A1000). CS9 is also under threat.
Transport for London have said they will delay £5m of spending on cycling superhighways until after the Mayor elections in 2016. The Mayor promised 12 cycling superhighways back in 2009, but only finished four of them. These are now being upgraded and another is being built in sections. Two more are due to be completed after May 2016, whilst the remainders don’t have a timetable for completion. TfL highlighted ‘deliverability constraints within TfL and its supply chain’.
The Mayor has added a north/south and east/west route to his promised Dutch style cycle lanes, but the latter is likely to face three years of disruption because of the construction of the Thames super sewer in 2017.
Darren Johnson said: “The Mayor has dithered, delayed and dropped so many of his promises on cycling. I have a real worry that Boris Johnson will leave office having failed to build the safe cycle lanes that are so desperately needed. This year’s mild weather has encouraged many more Londoners to jump on their bikes, but the promised changes to make the road network safer are still not in place. The safer junctions the Mayor promised, along with his cycling superhighways, are not just for cyclists, as many of these measures will benefit pedestrians. Encouraging more people to cycle by making it safer, will means less people in cars and on the overcrowded public transport system."]]>
Left to right: Camden Councillor Sian Berry, Green Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali and activist Rebecca Johnson at Sunday's march
The People’s Climate March took place on the eve of this week's landmark climate summit, which will see world leaders gather in New York for emergency meetings called by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
London Greens joined thousands of people on the streets of London this Sunday to help inspire the world’s leaders to take ambitious action on the climate crisis.
The Greens are the only Westminster party committed to delivering an economic system that works for people and the planet.
Dr Shahrar Ali, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, who was at Sunday's march said:
“The New York Summit provides us with a unique opportunity. Our politicians must grasp the huge possibilities available to us for tackling the threat of climate change and building a new economic system that puts people and communities ahead of profit and consumption. The Green Party is inspired to bring about this change and if world leaders fail to listen to us today then our work continues tomorrow.”]]>
Photograph of the New York skyline courtesy of William Warby.
The Mayor of London has been criticized by London Assembly Member Darren Johnson for not joining other Mayor’s of world cities and participating in the UN’s New York Climate Summit starting on Tuesday 23nd September. This follows a recent London Assembly report which gave Boris Johnson a score of 4 out of 10 for this carbon reduction programmes. The conference is being held as the latest scientific predications give global economies 15 years to transform to low carbon economies, in order to have any change of avoiding the worst of irreversible climate change.
Darren Johnson said: “We are running out of time to avert a climate catastrophe and the Mayor of London should be at the forefront, advocating and delivering carbon reduction programmes on the scale needed, as well as zero carbon energy generating technologies like solar energy”.
“Instead, Boris Johnson criticises wind farms, ignores the scientific consensus on global warming and promotes climate sceptic views. His backing of aviation expansion and fracking can only lead to one thing and that is the acceleration of global warming.
For London this means far more severe weather events such as floods, droughts and killer heatwaves and an unstable global economy”.]]>
Darren Johnson pictured above (third from the right) with campaigners this August calling for greater investment in safer cycle paths in London.
Darren Johnson AM has welcomed comments from Sir Peter Hendy, Transport for London Commissioner, calling for fare increases on the capital’s transport network to be restrained.
Reacting to the TfL boss’s comments in today’s Guardian newspaper, Darren Johnson said
“The Mayor recently increased fares for the seventh year in a row. As Sir Peter rightly points out, millions of Londoners are really struggling with stagnant pay and spiralling housing costs. Being forced to pay high fares to use increasingly overcrowded buses and trains is making life even harder.”
“As more and more low-income Londoners are forced to relocate to outer London boroughs, the Mayor should be reacting by investing in the bus service and delivering safe, appealing cycle routes that people want to use for their commute to work. He should not be pushing road-building projects aimed at encouraging driving, especially when the majority of low-income families in London don’t own a car. Low-paid Londoners deserve affordable public transport links.”]]>