Activists have begun a week-long occupation outside Lewisham town hall in protest of the council’s alleged lack of progress on its ten-year plan to address climate change.
Campaigners pitched tents on the green opposite the council's Catford headquarters this morning (November 29), erecting a banner calling on Mayor Damien Egan to “tell the truth”.
...because a good dose of hypothermia would be just the ticket!
Zaria Greenhill, Catford resident and founder of Climate Action Lewisham, a local residents’ action group working to support and generate initiatives in the borough, said: “Whilst we recognise that funding and pandemic restrictions hamper work to reduce emissions, unfortunately the climate emergency will not wait.
“The council needs to go through a whole-organisation reorientation to put climate higher up the priority list, and insist on challenging developers, protecting remaining trees and pushing forward active travel, using every tool available to put climate at the heart of council operations.
“Residents expect it, and without it, Lewisham risks slipping behind other boroughs in local authority engagement."
So is Lewisham Council doing nothing? Reader, of course not. It's doing what all councils are doing, demanding more taxpayer money to futilely battle the sun:
It has launched a new community energy fund, offering up to £15,000 one-off grants to energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects, such as the installation of solar panels on community buildings.
The council also successfully bid for £2,983,428 under the government’s public sector decarbonisation scheme earlier this year to fund energy efficiency works in council buildings.
But fanatics like these wil never be appeased. So let them feel the 'global warming' for themselves as they shiver in their tents.