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The Socialist 25 August 2021

NHS pay: 3% is not enough

The Socialist issue 1145

Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love

 
 
 
 
 

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Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Flooding in Newham, east London Photo: Niall Mulholland

Flooding in Newham, east London Photo: Niall Mulholland   (Click to enlarge)

Mia Wroe, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

With COP26 Glasgow looming ever closer, the spotlight is on the UK and whether its climate policies are fit to achieve 'net zero by 2050'. Approximately two in three councils in the UK have declared a climate emergency, with one in five councils having some version of a net zero pledge in place.

However, it is hard to have much faith in these pledges when those same councils support policies likely to increase carbon emissions; an expansion to Leeds-Bradford airport seems counterintuitive to Leeds Council's 'net zero by 2030' pledge, while the construction of the new Silvertown tunnel in Tower Hamlets probably isn't conducive to 'net zero by 2025'.

No plan

Councils lack accountability in actually upholding their promises. The lack of a framework to bring councils together and plan their climate policy, has resulted in already inadequate funding being fragmented. Councils competing against each other for grants to fund climate projects makes planning in the long term difficult. Projects typically end up expensive and ineffective.

However, there are numerous important ways in which councils could act: ensuring that their premises run on green energy and that pension funds disinvest from fossil fuels; exercising their powers over buses and taxi licensing to reduce emissions; and creating safe cycle routes.

Councils could fund street-by-street insulation programmes and tram network development by exercising their borrowing powers, as well as investing in parks, nature reserves and local agriculture for the benefit of their own residents, as well as to meet their climate goals.

This would mean setting council budgets to meet the needs of people and the environment. It would mean mobilising popular support for the measures and demanding the necessary funds from the government. This is the approach needed to start to deal with the climate emergency.


In this issue


What we think

Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan

Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


News

NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on

Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


Workplace news

NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


International

Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Campaigns

Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Readers' opinion

Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love


 

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