North Norfolk Labour Party passed the motion for the Green New Deal at the All Members meeting on June 20th 2019 in North Walsham. The motion was proposed by Mandy McKenna, Vice Chair and seconded by Martin Langsdon, Vice Chair/Membership. The motion can be seen here:-
The motion was passed unanimously. It has been submitted to the National Policy Forum by our CLP to be included for debate at Conference in September and if included and then passed will become part of Labour Party policy. We will update you here on its progress.
This was the text of Mandy McKenna’s proposal for the motion.
‘This is the BIG one. Climate Crisis is huge and scary but out of crisis comes opportunity and we need to be brave and take this on as an emergency.
This motion for the Green New Deal is all encompassing in terms of Labour’s future policies. It must now flow deeply through our next manifesto. The Climate Crisis requires a total rewiring of the economy. The Green New Deal is pragmatic about meeting the zero carbon target hard deadline of 2030.
The upsurge in climate activism by Extinction Rebellion, Climate School Strikes, Greta Thunberg, the IPCC, the UN and of course David Attenborough is finally impacting on public consciousness.
Labour is best placed of all political parties to deal with this crisis. It’s historic and institutional bond with the trade unions and the organised working class means that Labour’s Climate Policy will be accountable and where consultation will prevail with both workers, employers and consumers.
A Green New Deal can bind Labour Party members, Workers, Trade Unions, the Climate Movement, academia, vulnerable communities, civil society groups, local and central government in one shared purpose to save the planet for future generations.
I end with a quotation from Naomi Klein.
‘The real solutions to the climate crisis are also the best hope of building a more enlightened economic system, one that closes the deep inequalities, strengthens and transforms the public sphere, generates plentiful dignified work and radically reigns in corporate power.’
North Norfolk Labour Party responds to the LOCAL PLAN & CLIMATE EMERGENCY
We want to see:-
Proper plans to tackle zero carbon emissions – cycle and footpaths and electric car charging points
Improved public transport systems
Improved roads and drainage infrastructure
Green spaces preserved for natural habitats, children’s play and leisure
45% affordable, quality eco social housing for rent and to buy for local residents
Housing build on brownfield sites and above shops to bring people into town centres
Improved facilitities- doctors, dentists and schools within the community
A Climate Emergency-led strategy not Developer-led.
North Norfolk Labour Party believes that this is the only way to develop North Norfolk for our future and our children’s future.
Join us and make yourself heard before developments go ahead.
Phone: North Norfolk District Council 01263 516318 Website: consult.north-norfolk.gov.uk/portal
Labour to channel multilateral climate finance through UN Green Climate Fund
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, pledges that the next Labour Government will show true international leadership and to face up to the climate emergency.
Labour plans to withdraw support from World Bank managed Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), and instead redirect this multilateral climate finance through UN institutions like the Green Climate Fund.
CIFs have been criticised by civil society organisations for exacerbating the climate adaptation finance gap and a lack of democratic governance.
CIFs also concentrate funding to a handful of multilateral development banks (MDBs), which have a chequered record of community engagement, and many (including the World Bank group) have continued to fund fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement.
Labour will instead support the UN Green Climate Fund to as part of its agenda to champion climate justice for the Global South.
Further measures to be adopted include, taking full responsibility for our carbon footprint instead of passing the buck by offshoring our emissions to poorer countries.
Labour will instruct the Committee on Climate Change to measure both the UK’s carbon production and consumption emissions, measure our progress towards reducing them and recommend policy measures to achieve that.
Leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, said:
“The UK has huge leverage as the biggest contributor to the Climate Investment Funds managed by the World Bank.”
“Those Funds have been criticised by civil society organisations for lacking democratic accountability. Too much control is concentrated in Multilateral Development Banks which have a chequered track record of community engagement and continue to fund fossil fuels.”
North Norfolk District Council Consultation on the Environment: August 15th
The Atrium: North Walsham NR28 9HZ
Members of the public are invited to drop in from 2-5pm to talk about how the Council is looking to tackle local and national environmental concerns.
Evening Workshop 6-8pm RSVP (see below)