In July 2019 the Labour City Council formally declared a Climate Emergency, recognising the ambitious measures that need to be taken to save our planet. Since then we have produced a road map to show how Lincoln can play its part in achieving net zero carbon by 2030.
As part of this roadmap:
- The source of carbon emissions across the city have been identified.
- Current carbon reduction actions being taken by organisations have been mapped
- Proposals are being created to identify how current reduction action can be taken further
The Labour City Council are actively supporting the Lincoln Climate Commission which brings together all the main organisations to maintain a sense of urgency. This helps to support each other in making fast progress on this hugely important agenda upon which the future of our planet depends.
In contrast to our efforts at the City Council, the Tory County Council does not formally recognise a climate emergency and is aiming for climate targets in 2050, 20 years too late.
A vote for Labour is the only realistic way to overcome a Tory majority and ensure that swift and positive action is taken to tackle climate change. A vote for any other party is simply handing power over to the Tories to continue ignoring this existential crisis.
Reducing Single Use Plastics
The BBC Documentary Blue Planet brought home to people the impact that single use plastics are having on our environment and health, finding their way into our food and causing debilitating illness.
Tough action is needed to drive down their use and on the 24th September 2019 the Labour City Council committed to becoming a single use plastic free council. This has been done in conjunction with the community group Plastic Free Lincoln who aim to raise awareness and eliminate the use of single use plastics. Since then council premises and buildings have been audited to identify where these items are used and we have been coming up with solutions to replace them. The project is on-going and Labour Councillors are committed to its long term goal.