Speaker Kevin Frea (Climate Emergency UK), Tuesday 16th March, 8pm

With local elections coming up, how do we engage local councillors in climate action?

Some have asked: should we focus our action on local councils? Although MPs directly have influence on national policy (and we are asking for a national policy on greenhouse gas emissions) local councillors have a pre-existing relationship with their MP, and also you never know where it will go:-

  • A town council decided to look at their own environmental impact after a talk about climate income
  • A councillor of a small parish said they could be a conduit for national initiatives and grants between government and parish residents
  • Amber Valley Borough Council (Derbs) and Lewes Town Council (E Sussex), have joined Barcelona and Vancouver in signing the Fossil-Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty  

Kevin Frea, deputy leader of Lancaster City Council and coordinator of Climate Emergency UK, will be talking to us about local councils and what they can do, especially after declaring a climate emergency.

See also our latest campaign to get a climate summit in every county, involving MPs and local councillors.

To join, if you haven’t already done so, register for the 2021 national monthly meetings, here.