What is Newham Climate Now?
In 2019, Newham Council declared a climate emergency and has since set a raft of environmental measures to tackle global warming, poor air quality and waste.
The measures are aimed at making Newham carbon neutral by 2030, and to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with UK Government targets.
Reducing emissions will require major lifestyle changes from us all. To meet this aim the council has already set up a Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change, appointed air quality champions, is making it easier and safer for local people to get around without motorised transport, introduced Healthy School Streets and is trialling low-traffic neighbourhoods.
But, there is more to be done.
In July 2020, the council agreed a Climate Emergency Action Plan (PDF), which sets out some of the key steps we are planning to take in the next year or so. As the action plan is implemented, the council will identify further steps it will take to tackle the climate emergency locally.
All of our work to act on the climate emergency will be updated as part of our Newham Climate Now campaign.