EXTINCTION REBELLION DEMANDS
Tell the truth: Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
Act Now: Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
Beyond Politics: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
URBAN GREEN PLAN
XR Kensington & Chelsea are working on a ten point plan to build a 21st century Urban Green Borough that puts equality and justice at the centre of its mission.
Please see below a visualisation of this plan (currently nine points):
CLIMATE & SOCIAL JUSTICE
We demand a transition that prioritises the most vulnerable people and the sovereignty of ex-colonial and commonwealth member states; establishes reparation and remediation led by and for indigenous peoples, people of colour and poor communities (in the UK and throughout the world) that have been affected by the UK's unjust imperialist ventures for years of environmental injustice; establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
In June the team got together and brainstormed the most important social and environmental issues they felt the borough were facing.
Below is the thoughts:
Not enough safe / good public housing
Lack of affordable housing
Domestic violence - lack of support to victims including shelters and legal support
Focus on size of impact vs costs
Legal aid budget needs reinstatement
Luxury development instead of social housing
Media representation of important issues
Lacking of funding for youth centre
Groups of residents with vested interests opposed to change
Future of work
Public transport is not functional and expensive
Apathy from government
Food packaging in supermarkets
Cutting down of trees
Too much food waste
No cycle paths
Urban planning locally
Air quality (especially around Westway)
5g - including chopping down trees?
Environment choices in supermarkets
Not enough renewables
Where does our recycling go?
Patterns of tech use e.g. cars vs public transport / bikes / walking
Lack of serious co-ordinated policy to address the climate emergency
Not enough trees / green
This document is a response to the call for consultation on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) DRAFT Housing Strategy 2019–2022 (published in July 2019). Collated by concerned, local Kensington and Chelsea residents, it is an overview of the key concerns we have on the current draft and our priorities for a revised Strategy.
A central part of Government’s policy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 is to refurbish almost all existing buildings and focus on zero carbon new builds. The Greater London Authority has already committed itself to Zero Carbon Homes, and zero emissions from transport and buildings by 2050. As powers are devolved from national to local authorities through legislation such as The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 and The Localism Act 2011, local authorities are increasingly able to implement new environmental standards in innovative ways.
Local authorities has an opportunity to take a leading role in this national issue and get it right from the beginning. Ecohousing requires a holistic approach across planning, housing, and environment– beyond any one department. Within most local authorities across the UK, housing, planning and transport, and environment are represented by separate councilors, and are implemented by different teams. This document sets out the case for how an Ecohousing Policy can be the first step to achieving a truly joined–up approach to community management.
As highlighted below, local authorities have an obligation to its residents to fulfil environmental standards whilst building enough affordable housing across the Borough. To achieve this, local authorities must proactively invest in Ecohousing today, rather than oversee costly and burdensome retro–fitting tomorrow. Ecohousing is therefore the long term and financially prudent solution to an evolving regulatory framework.
After introducing the legislative and policy context, we outline key features of an Eco-build, providing a framework of priorities and existing exemplars of a housing strategy fit for the 21st century. In addition to the key features of an Eco-build. Finally the ‘addenda’ of issues specific to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) contains contributions from local groups and civil society organisations.
Please note this framework will be circulated as an entry–level educational document amongst local residents to ensure local authorities are held to the highest level of climate and environmental accountability.
The environmental, social and financial benefits of a comprehensive eco-build strategy: