This week we were able to present our giant card to the council executive, calling for a declaration of climate emergency. It has been signed by many of us at XR Luton, attendees at a recent Luton Council of Faiths meeting, and members of the public we talked to at our march on Friday.
Hazel Simmons received the card, and we then read a statement to the council executive outlining the need to act, and calling for a sense of urgency.
Both were well received, and councillor Tom Shaw spoke to us about the council’s plans to consult on a net zero target for Luton. He mentioned 2030, twenty years earlier than central government’s current target.
We are grateful for the council making space for us on the meeting’s agenda, and we look forward to working with them to develop solutions for Luton.
We will also keep up the pressure on the council to ensure that this positive rhetoric turns into real policy. We do note that even in the press release to announce these new climate policies, there is a robust defence of airport expansion. We recognise the complexities of these issues, but ultimately airport expansion is not compatible with net zero climate targets. We will be raising this in futher discussions and actions with the airport operators.
Thanks to the arts and creative team for a wonderful card, and the politics group for liasing with the council.