Ed Miliband: For the sake of the climate agenda alone, we need Sadiq Khan to be re-elected for a second term. Sadiq has been a true climate leader as mayor right from day one. He’s pushed ahead with the boldest and most ambitious plans of any major city in the world to tackle air pollution, which have already helped cut toxic air by nearly half in central London. He’s delivered a fivefold increase in protected cycle lanes. He’s launched the first stage of his green new deal for London with £10m invested in projects to secure more than 1,000 green jobs, targeted at those who need them the most. And he was the first mayor of any comparable city in the world to commit to becoming zero-carbon by 2030. When you look at his manifesto, this is clearly just the start of his ambitions. He has announced that he will launch a green skills academy to support jobs that are diverse, sustainable, meaningful and well-paid. He will expand the ultra-low emission zone to help save more lives from air pollution. He will support plans to double the size of London’s green economy by 2030. And he is committed to expanding his green new deal for London, which will help to support more than 175,000 green jobs.
Guardian 6th April 2021 read more »
Although low-cost high-volume air travel has grown hugely this century, only a small proportion of the population, mostly in the world’s richest countries, ever take a flight – the frequent flyers who can afford to do so. It is estimated that less than 20% of the world’s population has set foot on a plane, and of those that do fly, most travel by air once a year or less often, while the richest few take several flights annually. This matters, because aviation is a significant driver of climate change, and to prevent the world overheating dangerously pollution from aircraft has to be curbed. One suggestion is that people who take many flights should pay a rising tax. Everyone’s first flight would be tax-free, to protect people taking one holiday a year, but frequent flyers, many of whom take a series of holidays, would pay an increasing tax for each extra flight in any calendar year.
Climate News Network 6th April 2021 read more »