Blue sky thinking: Council even looks at banning all cars at their summit

Josh Salisbury (04 July, 2019) Environment

Southwark is trying to go carbon neutral by 2030

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Banning all cars from Southwark were among the ‘blue sky ideas’ discussed at the borough’s first Climate Change Summit this week.

The summit, at the council’s Tooley Street offices, brought together experts, local residents and national organisations to discuss how the council can become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Town hall bosses made the pledge after declaring a climate emergency in March.

Cllr Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for the environment, said: “It was really helpful to hear from so many different voices today and we have a number of new ideas to take away and develop.

“But, this is very much the beginning of our journey, and I hope to continue working with everyone involved with the summit.”

Other suggestions put forward to achieve the goal included more ‘green screens’ at local schools and designing streets to encourage walking and cycling.

The council is due to host a public meeting for its Carbon Reduction Strategy – informed by the findings of the summit – in the autumn.

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