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Environmental Issues

On 8th July last year, two days before full council declared a Climate Emergency, Enfield's cabinet members signed a printed copy of a document pledging action to tackle climate change. Six months on, how much progress has been made? Deputy council leader Ian Barnes provides answers to some questions.

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Extinction Rebellion Enfield, the local branch of the global environmental movement, is planning a protest in Enfield Town on Saturday 25th January to raise awareness for the lack of action to address climate issues in the borough.

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Enfield's first 'school street' schemes - outside St Monica's primary school and Oakthorpe primary school - are likely to go live after the February half term. The council hopes to complete a further three schemes by this spring. The rate of implementation in the next financial year and thereafter will depend on availability of funding and the degree of interest and commitment shown by schools.

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Pupils at an Enfield primary school have collaborated with their music teacher to make a single about climate change and a YouTube video where the children talk about the threat of global rising temperatures and the part that reforestation can play in reducing the rate of temperature increase. All profits will go to the TreesForCities charity.

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Enfield Climate Action Forum has recorded audio interviews about tacking the climate crisis with candidates standing for election in the three Enfield constituencies.

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The Mums for Lungs campaign has published an updated version of its London's Toxic Air flyer, intended primarily for distribution at school Christmas fairs, but useful for informing everyone about the problem of air pollution in the capital and ways in which individuals can help reduce pollution and their exposure to dirty air.

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How do political parties measure up to the challenges posed by the climate emergency, which require urgent and very radical measures? Friends of the Earth have examined the manifestos to find out. Locally, they want us to ask our candidates to take the Climate Action Pledge.

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