Public scrutinise town hall over commitment to tackling climate emergency at Islington full council meeting

Pupils from Thornhill Primary School with their climate change posters, which were put on display at

Pupils from Thornhill Primary School with their climate change posters, which were put on display at Islington Town Hall as Islington Council agreed to declare a climate emergency. With mayor Cllr Rakhia Ismail and leader Cllr Richard Watts. Picture: Steve Bainbridge - Credit: Archant

Green campaigners scrutinised the Islington Council’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency at the town hall on Thursday last week.

The full council meeting debated a petition signed by more than 2,000 people, which called on town hall chiefs to declare a climate emergency and make Islington carbon neutral by 2030.

Islington Council declared a climate emergency in line with these targets in June.

Jen Cronin, of Fossil Free Islington, who started the petition, welcomed the council's pledge but warned "absolutely everybody needs to be on board" and said we "can't wait for austerity to end" before radical action begins.

Cllr Russell (Green, Highbury East) congratulated the campaigners and said: "Reducing carbon emissions will really have significant benefit to the health and welfare of people living in Islington."


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Environment and transport chief Cllr Claudia Webbe said: "We have a duty to bring about climate justice. The council is leading from the front tackling the threat this emergency poses to our borough."

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