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Key policies 2018-20

With an emphasis on quality of life and low energy use.

  1. Regular car-free, fly-free and work-free days to cut emissions
  2. World fossil fuel free day
  3. Free cycles for everyone and free secure cycle parking
  4. A hierarchy of energy use for the common good. Where cooking, heating and hot showers are higher priorities for renewables than low occupancy, inefficient  electric cars and data proliferation
  5. De-carbonise heating, hot water and cooking ASAP
  6. Free trees for every garden, private land in the UK as well as mass planting on public land. Trees absorb carbon and are a critical part of climate action.
  7. Resident allotment permits for food growing on current wasteful resident parking spaces
  8. A ban on advertising for planet destroying consumerables – car adverts meat and long distance flights /holidays.
  9. Concern about high energy use of tech promoted for per the mile road pricing. Telematics a high energy user of data Not appropriate for  a low carbon, low energy future. Energy use allowances more effective at reducing car use. We need to address  the cause not the symptom.
  10. Ban automation in motor vehicles. Not safe or proven technology. No algorithmic transparency of accountability. It is a very high energy user via data processing. Mostly designed for data harvesting and surveillance
  11. Carbon, energy and data allowances for everyone
  12. Switch investment and jobs away from the car industry and road building to pinning solar to every roof possible ASAP The car industry is stranded assets and jobs whilst solar is an urgent imperative for a low energy low carbon future
  13. A transparent and easily accessible carbon budget at all levels of Government and Business. With indirect carbon from energy use recorded as well as direct carbon.
  14. Extend job centre plus travel discount to all public transport
  15. Basic income that is nothing to do with Artificial Intelligence but about reducing the working week to 3-4 days for sustainable degrowth and quality community and family life.
  16. Education on how to use  ICT (Information and communications technology) that is not wasteful of energy. For instance don’t travel via google maps. Plan your journey ahead or use a map.
  17. Producing software that is efficient means energy allowances must be applied. Current wasteful and lazy software is burning energy needlessly
  18. Stopping data proliferation that is used for mass surveillance and data harvesting 
  19. No forced personal data on the Electoral Register
  20. Algorithmic transparency and accountability.
  21. Tax underoccupation of dwellings. We could house the entire UK population again in the current unoccupied bedrooms. Make more efficient use of current housing stock through taxation. Cutting cement and steel emissions mean a radical transformation in the way we build and maintain housing
  22. Treat plastic as toxic waste Stop producing the stuff. And man-made toxic plastic derivative textiles too. Acrylics nylon spandex. No more lycra cycling gear!
  23. Cycle only streets
  24. Licence pedicabs and apps like pedalmeapp
  25. Giving every citizen the choice to live a carfree lifestyle 
  26. EU directive draft proposal
  • Every village, town and city in the European Union must have a walking and cycling network.
  • Everyone must have the opportunity to walk and cycle safely going about their daily life.
  • This must be backed up by an integrated, accessible  and joined up Public Transport Network
  • Ban cars from the core of every town, city and village

 

KEY POLICIES 2016-20

  • Ban diesel (Petrol and Hybrids ) all fossil fuel generated transport in London starting in the central inner city boroughs, roughly zones 1 & 2 and then progressively encompassing the outer boroughs. Setting out a clear and focused plan to switch public transport and commercial from diesel at the earliest possible date.
  •  Ban all private cars from Central London starting with non-residential and moving quickly to a full ban.
  • Prioritise walking and cycling with proportionate representation on TFL board, road space allocation and budget.
  •  Create a Car-free Cycling network across Greater London Meanwhile continue installing protected cycle lanes on the main arteries.
  • Reclaim car parks as brownfield sites to house key workers, at reasonable rents and linked to their jobs in the vicinity.
  • Rationalise commercial vehicles by capping PHVs, Taxis and Car Club hire vehicles. Encourage and incentivise cargo bike light delivery. Create transit permits per journey, based on size and environmental impact in central London for delivery, freight and contractor vehicles.
  •  Plant one million trees throughout London Trees absorb pollution, rainfall (to reduce flooding) increase mental well being as well as other health benefits. They also help ameliorate damaging effects of Climate Change.
  •  Make solar power an integral part of new builds

 

These policies will

Save time More reliable journey times for commercial transport as well as commuting and leisure quicker emergency times

School children walking and cycling to school safely reduces congestion at rush hour

Unlock space – On public highway for protected cycle lanes, bus lanes, pedestrianisation For housing from car parks, garages On crowded public transport

Save money – Costs of road building / maintenance NHS costs from inactivity, air pollution, urban diabetes, noise pollution, road casualties Economic costs of congestion

Improve quality of life More liveable environment, safer streets, cutting noise pollution, air pollution, severance, quicker waiting times for NHS

Create social cohesion Walking and cycling the great equalisers

Increase self-empowerment – To literally self-power (walking, cycling, solar energy) is liberating in a world where democratic rights have been subsumed to corporations

Reduce inequality – The congestion charge and road pricing advantages wealthy car drivers, at the expense of low income Londoners. A ban is much fairer. Creating space for everyone, no matter income level, to cycle and walk is far more democratic use of space. Solar energy given to low income families would reduce fuel poverty.