Thank you to everyone who came to our event on 12 May 2019 and to all those who shared their insights for making Ealing carbon neutral by 2030. It was a fantastic evening, drawing on the most powerful resources available to us: our imaginations and creativity!
We have collected together all of the great ideas and formed them into a Climate Emergency Action Plan . This details the actions we can take as a community over the next 10 years to reduce our carbon emissions to zero. We will be sending this action plan to Ealing Council and will be offering to work closely with our councillors to make a zero carbon future a reality for Ealing.
The Council has made a bold declaration of a climate emergency and we as a community can endorse this through both our actions and our words. In the first instance, please write to Julian Bell, the leader of the council, as well as your three local councillors (who also voted unanimously to pass the declaration) to congratulate Ealing Council and show your support. We have produced a draft Climate Response E-mail that you might like to use – do adapt or use your own words if you prefer.
If you are not sure who your local councillors are, you can find out from Ealing Council’s website here.
Join us on Sunday 12th May 2019 at St Mary’s Church in Ealing to discuss our response to Ealing Council’s declaration of a climate emergency. Words are not enough! We need urgent action if we are to meet our zero carbon targets by 2030, but fortunately there is much we can do. Our meeting will summarise what we have learnt in the past months, and invite ideas for ambitious, community based proposals to meet the challenge. As always the event is free but donations to help us cover costs are welcome.
We hope you will be able to join us for our next event, which will provide a further opportunity to explore responses to the question: ‘How can we as a community engage in local action and what steps can we take together to create a more sustainable Ealing?’
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the consequences of a 1.5 degrees Celsius rise in global temperatures sent out a stark warning on the need for a rapid decarbonisation of society. It also highlights the need for local action as part of a global response to the climate emergency, something Ealing Transition wants to encourage in Ealing.
We will begin by showing a short inspirational talk by Greta Thunberg before sharing some updates about what has been happening since our participative ‘Open Space’ event on 9th February. Following this introduction, participants will divide into groups to explore the topics discussed at the previous event, which ranged from ‘Community Solar’ to ‘The Place of Civil Disobedience’. We hope this will provide a useful forum for developing action plans, involving both participants from the earlier event and those who were unable to attend.
The event will be held in St Mary’s Church hall (the Polygon) St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Doors will open at 7.15pm and we hope to start promptly at 7.30pm. Entry is free but donations to help us cover costs will be welcome.