CROYDON MAYORAL PLEDGE 2022
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The Croydon Green Network, (that includes Croydon Climate Action, Greenpeace, Sustainable Thornton Heath, Crystal Palace Transition Town, and XR) have worked together to develop the Croydon Mayor’s Climate Crisis Pledge that we are inviting our Croydon Mayoral candidates to support.
This pledge, which embodies the voice of Croydon residents, is expressed in the five priority areas and 23 recommendations of the Croydon Climate Crisis Commission Report.
If you are a Mayoral or Councillor candidate, you can take our pledge, provide your comments and share your manifesto using the button below.
1. The Croydon Climate Crisis Commission Report and its 23 recommendations can be viewed here.
2. Thank you for the permission to use the wonderful image of the Croydon skyline in the pledge - credit goes to local artist Samantha @ Scene in Croydon
CROYDON CLIMATE CRISIS HUSTINGS
22nd April 2022, Harris Invictus Academy
We held the Croydon Climate Crisis Hustings on Friday 22nd April 2022, and were joined by: Jeet Bains on behalf of Jason Perry (Conservatives) - Richard Howard (Lib Dems) - Farah London (Taking The Initiative Party) - Andrew Pelling (Independent) - Gavin Palmer (Independent) - Val Shawcross (Labour) - Peter Underwood (Greens)
Apologies for the shaky camera, we didn't realise the sound would be bad so then had to move around!
WHICH MAYORAL CANDIDATES HAVE TAKEN THE PLEDGE?
RICHARD HOWARD, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
"This report establishes an excellent roadmap for how Croydon can address the climate emergency. Key to success will be building the necessary alliance of partners in order to deliver its recommendations. This would be a top priority for me as Mayor."
WHICH COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES SUPPORT THE PLEDGE?
Norbury & Pollards Hill, Labour
“I actively supported a Citizen Assembly approach to produce Croydon’s Climate Action Plan. We now need to continue and build on this dialogue with cooperative action to deliver their plan. In my ward, I am committed to work with the community to enhance biodiversity of our green verges and spaces, lobby for a cycle lane on London Rd and greener buses and promote recycling. I would also support Croydon Community Energy in any way I can as I believe not only it is crucial for carbon reduction but for so many people who are impacted by the energy price hike.”
Addiscombe East, Labour
"Climate change is a huge threat to our futures, and it is therefore imperative that those holding/aspiring to hold elected office, do all they can to mitigate it's impact and move our area towards a greener, net zero future."
Thorton Heath, Green Party
"Croydon declared a climate emergency but have taken little visible action to deliver change. It is critical that we act now to provide an environment that will allow future generations to prosper. The recommendations in the Croydon climate commission report provide a clear pathway to net zero by 2030 and more."
"Every day that passes without effective action to tackle the climate and ecological emergency leaves us with a bigger mountain to climb in terms of delivering a socially just, sustainable future for our planet. That’s why we need to take meaningful action here and now."
Sanderstead, Green Party
"The CCCC report is a really great report that is vital to ensuring Croydon meets its carbon neutral goals. I think all candidates should support this pledge and Councillors can work with the Council and their constituents to implement all the recommendations!"
Woodside, Green Party
"I fully support the pledge to help fight the Climate Crisis."
Thornton Heath, Green Party
"The recent IPCC reports are a shocking and upsetting wake-up call to the seriousness and immediacy of the Climate Emergency. There is no more time to waste.
Many people locally are feeling the pinch of the cost of living crisis, largely driven by rising energy prices. Had the country begun building out renewable power on a much larger scale 20 years ago when the scale of the threat first became apparent, made more progress on insulating homes, and converted the commercial vehicle fleet to clean electric power, we'd be far less exposed. Failing to act now and make the deep changes required will result in more pain in the longer term.
Locally we can help mitigate the worst effects by investing in public goods to ensure quality of life even as household budgets get squeezed: safe, accessible and well-maintained parks; reliable, frequent and affordable bus /rail / tram services; clean, healthy and active streets.
"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now.""
Bensham Manor, Labour
“ Climate change is an issue that affects us and future generations to come, we must take action now. This is a great initiative and one which I am proud to support. We must find ways to become more sustainable and we can contribute by starting in Croydon and implementing greener policies.”
Thornton Heath, Labour
”A Labour Mayor brings social change”
Bensham Manor, Labour
“Advancements for progressive climate initiatives are essential for the health and well-being of individuals and communities.”
Fairfield, Green Party
"I am very happy to support this pledge. Croydon declared a climate emergency, but we have seen little action. We must be doing more to tackle the climate and ecological crisis, through socially and economically just ways in our local community, and this pledge has excellent examples. It is essential for the health and happiness of our community. Every candidate should be supporting this!"
South Norwood, Green Party
"The CCCC report contains many practical recommendations which would benefit the health and wellbeing of everyone in the Borough. Croydon Council needs to be bold and show leadership in tackling the climate crisis and be an example for the rest of London. Action speaks more than platitudes."
"It is really important to protect our community in Croydon from the effects of the climate crisis. Creating a local, environmentally sustainable way of living and working is definitely something I would strive for so that we can help build a better future for ourselves and ultimately our planet."