By Alan Fogarty
I went to Greener London Hustings to find out…
It was interesting at the recent Green Alliance’s Greener London Hustings to hear the proposals of four of the candidates for Mayor of London: Sian Berry – Green Party; Zac Goldsmith MP – Conservative Party; Sadiq Khan MP – Labour Party; Caroline Pidgeon – Liberal Democrats. This event gave the four candidates an opportunity to set out their plans and debate the questions on air pollution, energy, transport, climate change and the quality of London’s natural environment.
There was surprisingly little disagreement with each candidate agreeing that air pollution was a serious issue with 10,000 people dying per year as a result. The proposed solutions ranged from electric buses and taxis, more cycling to planting more trees. There were some suggestions around reducing the number of vehicles on the road but no one was bold enough to suggest anything radical. Many Londoners don’t have cars as they use public transport or cycle. Car clubs provide the transport for those odd occasions that personal transport is required so why are 10% of the commuting population allowed to clog the transport system? Imagine a city with quiet, car free streets, clean air, space to walk and sit, able to open windows, safe to cycle and healthier as a result. If we can see past the negative loss of personal transport, the benefits are enormous not the least huge reductions in CO2 emissions. Will any of the candidates have what it takes to improve our lives and secure the future of the next generation?
You can still watch the livestream here.