The climate and our future: an invitation

Did you know that Luton Borough Council has a Principal Climate Officer? Would you like to hear about what he does? Well, here’s the perfect opportunity!

In 2019 Luton Council followed the government in declaring a climate emergency.
They set an earlier target for reaching net zero carbon emissions – 2040.

Luton has a Climate Action Plan, which is in 2 parts:

  • Council activities, properties and transport, including the airport (flights and transport to the airport and actions on the airport site)
  • The borough more widely, including action by businesses, organisations and individuals.

Dylan Katuwawala will be updating us about progress on the Plan, how they have prioritised actions, what they have achieved, and their plans and targets, so we look forward to a lively discussion.

Before Christmas, Jeremy Williams came to talk to us about his book, Climate Change is Racist. We were fired up with how what we do in the privileged West affects communities around the world. We enjoyed some wonderful food brought by participants, especially the Sikh community.

We’d like updates on some initiatives we heard about at our last meeting. For example:

  • How Luton Council of Faiths are planting hundreds of trees across the town, to remember those who have died from Covid
  • How Bedford Radio has promoted climate and nature in recent broadcasts
  • The work that the Kashmir Development Foundation is doing to combat climate change through tree planting and other initiatives in Kashmir
  • How the Sikh community is providing hot meals locally to disadvantaged people (who suffer disproportionately from the effects of pollution)
  • The activities of Muslim Green Activists
  • What else we are all doing locally to cut carbon, and what more we could do

Interested? We would love to see you and any of your friends, colleagues or contacts.
This will be on the 7th of April at the Friends Meeting House, Crawley Green Rd, just uphill from Crescent Rd, at 7.30pm.

Please let us know if you are able to come, as we need to know numbers. If you’d like to bring vegan or vegetarian snacks for the interval, we would be delighted, but please don’t feel you have to. If coming by car, please try to come with someone else. If you need a lift, we may be able to help.

Covid restrictions have been relaxed, but many think it wise still to wear masks, and we ask that you consider that and social distancing at the meeting to reduce the chance of spreading the virus to vulnerable or older people.

Best wishes
David Oakley-Hill and Julie Furnivall
Luton Friends of the Earth

PS Please respond to the consultation on Luton airport expansion – deadline 4 April.
Advice at LADACAN and Stop LAE.


Published by Jeremy Williams

Jeremy is an author and activist based in Luton. He writes serious books for adults, less serious books for children. His blog, The Earthbound Report, has been recognised as the best green blog in the UK by Vuelio and the UK Blog Awards.

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