Some of you have been involved with our Just Transition campaign, which is calling on the next Mayor of London to work with our Citizens UK alliance to help us create a carbon-neutral London and prioritise poor and low-income communities in the process.
This week, we released our report with the public policy think-tank IPPR, calling on the next Mayor to work with us to do two things:
- Create 60,000 green jobs/ apprenticeships in London
- Retrofit 100,000 fuel-poor homes in London, which are expensive to heat and also a major source of carbon emissions
These asks – along with our IPPR report – were developed as part of an online Listening Campaign that St Mary’s and our London Citizens alliance conducted in 2020 and in which we trained and listened to over 700 community leaders from around our city.
St Mary’s is one of the anchor institutions on the Just Transition campaign, which first began in 2019 and which comes out of our deep commitment to loving God and all God has made, and in loving our neighbours, including and especially those who are suffering the worst impacts of the climate crisis and tend to live on our most polluted streets, often in substandard, poorly-insulated housing.
If you would like to get involved in our Just Transition campaign, register to join us for our online Coalition Assembly on 15th March, 6pm (runs until 7.30pm). Register for the Coalition Assembly here.
In this assembly, we’ll be hearing inspirational stories from green employers and also getting partnership commitments from other large environmental charities, colleges and trade unions as we build our campaign in the lead up to the Citizens UK Mayoral Assembly on 28th April, which is when we’ll put our two big asks to the top two candidates for Mayor of London.