MP Watch & Climate Change
MPs represent local areas but make decisions on national and global issues. Here we engage local MPs in a Borough in North London with a question a month from the Enfield Climate Action network members on climate change and sustainability. We publish their answers here and on social networks.We appreciate the MPs that have taken part as climate change is the biggest challenge facing humankind and we have a short window of time to make a difference.
Kate Osamor is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton since 2015. A member of the Labour and Co-operative parties, she was Shadow Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 to 2018. Kate has a great interest in climate justice.
Bambos" Charalambous is the Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate since 2017 and the Shadow Minister for the Middle East and North Africa since 2021. Bambos is interested in the development of a green economyl
Feryal Clark is the Member of Parliament for Enfield North since 2019.becoming Labour's first ever Kurdish MP. Feryal currently undertakes the role of Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care).
Thus Far Feryal has not yet agreed to take part in MP Watch
MP Watch Engaging MPs On Climate Change Nationally
In this webinar Jessica Townsend and Tom Hardy talk about how we can engage our MPs over climate change and how MP Watch has gone national involving MPs and Constituencies across the UK
MP Watch nationally is a grassroots network of constituents, voters, locals, neighbours and friends banding together to galvanise and support our MPs so that we can work together as a society to tackle the existential threat to all of us and our children.
The United Nation's
Sustainable Development Goals
This year GlobalNet21 collaborated with AlphaZULU Advocates and the UK Parliament Education and Engagement Outreach Team to hold its 7th Public-Parliamentary Forum on the SDGs, a hybrid session which brought together a multi-disciplinary group of Experts to discuss the importance of engaging with Parliament and Government in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
Goal 13 of the SDGs is : Climate Action is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact. SDG 13 has five targets which are to be achieved by 2030. They cover a wide range of issues surrounding climate action.
The first three targets are "output targets": Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related disasters; integrate climate change measures into policies and planning; build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change.
Going Local With SDGs
With the Enfield Climate Action Forum we are looking at how we can implement SDG Goal 13 locally by using the En-Roads Simulation tool and then linking this in with training on carbon literacy that we are discussing with Nottingham Trent University
En-ROADS is a freely-available online simulator that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to test and explore cross-sector climate solutions. It allows users to explore the impact that dozens of policies—such as electrifying transport, pricing carbon, and improving agricultural practices—have on hundreds of factors like energy prices, temperature, air quality, and sea level rise.
Democracy Without Borders
How To Make The Local Global
Here John Vlaso from Democracy Without Borders. Democracy advocates an integrated approach to democracy promotion that spans across all levels, from the local to the global and includes the dimensions of representation, participation and deliberation. He discusses the importance of global governance at a time when there are so many global crises like climate change, global migration and nuclear proliferation.
Greening Our Cities
Cities will need to reconsider their systems and their environmental implications as more people move into urban areas and environmental challenges become more urgent.Globally, numerous cities have already understood the benefits of green spaces, and some trends are beginning to develop. Future sustainable cities will build on them, going beyond the environmental practices used now.
Greening Our Cities Locally
Tiny Forest brings the benefits of a forest right into the heart of our cities and urban spaces. Earthwatch planted the UK’s first Tiny Forest in the UK in 2020. Since then the movement has grown to almost 150 forests, bringing together communities, public sector and businesses. Here we talk about Tiny Forests and its contribution to climate change, biodiversity and well being and how it can enhanced local areas.
Vicki Pite talks about the importance of Green Space especially in the East of the London Borough of Enfield where there is no where near the green space there is in the West. Eastern Enfield is also one of the most deprived parts of the Borough and green space is important for well being and also for reducing temperatures in times of excess heat.
Global Pollution & Climate Change
Air pollution can directly contaminate the surface of bodies of water and soil. This can kill crops or reduce their yield. It can kill young trees and other plants. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide particles in the air, can create acid rain when they mix with water and oxygen in the atmosphere
Globally, air pollution contributes to around 11.65% of deaths and the most disadvantaged in our communities suffer most
Climate change and air pollution are closely interlinked, so by reducing air pollution we also protect the climate. Air pollutants include more than just greenhouse gases—principally carbon dioxide but also methane, nitrous oxide and others—but there’s a big overlap: the two often interact with each other.
Tackling Air Pollution Locally
The huge new incinerator planned for the Edmonton "Eco-Park" will come at a huge cost - in money, to the north London councils that will be paying for it, and to the environment in greenhouse gas emissions that it will produce. This Incinerator will emit 700,000 tons of CO2 a year for decades and emit particulate matter that can damage the lungs of children.
Georgia Elliott-Smith lives near the Edmonton EcoPark waste incinerator in north London. It sits in one of the poorest areas in the country, where 65% of the residents are from ethnic minority backgrounds and air pollution already breaches legal limits.
In this 10 minute video Georgia Elliot Smith talks about greenwashing, district heating and the Edmonton Incinerator
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