Climate emergency - what does it mean for Waltham Forest?

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Dear Waltham Forest Borough Council,

On 2nd May 2019 you declared a climate emergency. I'm writing to request that you now make public the specifics of what that means in terms of long strategic direction for future activities in the borough.

Please could you:

A) share your definition of climate emergency
B) list all the council's existing policies and planned activities which have an ecological footprint, or risk leading to net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, or any negative impact on biodiversity
C) please identify which of these activities are now under review due to the recognition of a climate emergency.
D) please outline new initiatives and policies you are considering in recognition of the climate emergency.
E) please include your plans for communicating the state of climate emergency (and implications) to residents in the borough
F) finally, please provide me with an update on any plans you have in place to implement citizens' or peoples' assemblies to engage residents of the borough in the solutions to the existential crisis we are facing.

Yours faithfully,

Will Farbrother

Information Officer | Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest Borough Council

Re: "Freedom of Information request - Climate emergency - what does it
mean for Waltham Forest?"
Reference: FOI118510344
Date of request: 2019-05-13 09:46:54

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Re: FOI Response FOI118510344 "Freedom of Information request - Climate
emergency - what does it mean for Waltham Forest?".

Dear will Farbrother,

I am writing to confirm that the Council has now completed its search for
the information which you requested on 13th May 2019 about Freedom of
Information request - Climate emergency - what does it mean for Waltham
Forest?.

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Thank you for your enquiry. 

 

Alongside other councils, we have declared a Climate Emergency reflecting
the urgency with which climate change needs to be addressed, and for the
reasons set out here:
[1]https://democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk/d...

 

To inform our response to this emergency, we are in the process of
establishing a Climate Change Commission.  The precise role, remit and
make-up of the Commission is being considered but is yet to be finalised. 
A detailed communication and engagement plan will be prepared as part of
the commission to ensure residents and other stakeholders are fully
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