London Mayoral Elections
With the Government stepping up its agenda to tackle the climate and nature emergency, the London Mayoral elections on 6th May will be a critical turning point. We've joined with other environmental charities to develop 'A More Natural Capital - an agenda for the Mayor of London' and hosted a Mayoral Environment Debate where candidates were asked to outline their plans to make London a world leader on climate action and nature recovery.
London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, home to 9 million people and made up of 47% green space, making it one of the greenest cities in the world. And as the capital city, London is well placed to deliver inspiring ideas that help put policy into action. But with only 10 years left to stop the climate and nature emergency, what is needed to deliver the step-change in ambition we need to turn things around and are the candidates up for the challenge?
In many ways London can be considered a green capital, but it needs far stronger policies if it is to deliver for people and nature. London Mayors to date have introduced a number of effective environment policies and programmes. These have included the Ultra Low Emission Zone, restoring thriving wildlife sites such as Walthamstow Wetlands, creating 3000 new community food growing spaces and declaring London as the world’s first National Park city.
Though London is green in colour, its policies are failing to deliver for the people and wildlife that call it home. Two million Londoners still live in areas of illegal air quality; Green and blue spaces are suffocating from waste and chemical pollution; Green belt land is being lost to development at a faster rate than ever before; And less than half of Londoners regularly visit green or blue spaces.
Link has united with other environmental charities to develop 'A More Natural Capital - an agenda for the Mayor of London'. This vision for London outlines 24 new targets for the candidates to deliver which would reduce pollution and waste, secure natures recovery, help mitigate and adapt to climate change, and improve health and wellbeing. Read the manifesto here.
The More Natural Capital coalition published a blog series setting out the manifesto asks in more detail and, on 21 April 2021, hosted a Mayoral Environment Debate with candidates.
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