Who Are We?
We are Wanstead Climate Action (WCA), a friendly local group who came together in 2019 over shared concerns about the climate and ecological emergency. Through community and political outreach, protest and campaigning, we aim to improve awareness of the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to zero and stop global heating. Please check out some of the things we’re doing, and join us to make positive change.
WCA’s 2023 Highlights So Far
Redbridge Mums For Lungs founder and WCA member Lydia was recently recognised for her efforts in helping to improve air quality in the borough. At 2023’s Mayor’s Community Awards, Lydia was celebrated for her tireless work in both gaining a new air quality monitor at Elmhurst Gardens and fronting the successful joint bid with the council for £320k for clean air projects. Congratulations Lydia!
What’s planned for the rest of 2023?
- 3 June Green New Deal Rising door-knocking in Chingford.
- 10 June Stop the Rosebank oil field demo, SE1 7EP. WCA group leaving 10.30.
- 10-18 June Big Green Week. 11 June Redbridge Cycling Campaign joining Tour de Waltham Forest
- 13 June 10am-12noon Barkingside 21 regular meeting, Fullwell Cross library
- 19 June 7.30pm Next WCA meeting
- 22 June 7pm Ilford for Warm Homes, Fullwell Cross library. Part of Friends of the Earth’s United for Warm Homes initiative. Sign up here. See also WCA’s resources on the Great Homes Upgrade.
- 24-25 June WREN will be celebrating wildlife in Wanstead Park. Sunday 25 June, 12-2pm Climate Picnic near the Temple and new playground; bring food and friends for conversations from climate to cycling.
- 6 July 6.30 tbc. Redbridge Climate Forum (see below)
- Plastic Free July
Get involved in Redbridge
Redbridge council’s last Climate Action Forum (register via this link) was an in-person meeting on 28 February 2023 to discuss the one-year update on Redbridge’s Climate Action Plan. The forum is for any person or group (more groups here) in Redbridge with a passion for the environment, to collaborate and share ideas, opportunities and inspiration for community efforts to tackle the climate crisis. You can also respond to Redbridge consultations, eg to support School Streets, on their new ‘engage’ site (moved from old ‘engagement’ site in Feb).
The actual demanding emissions reductions needed for a fair transition in Redbridge have been calculated by researchers from the Tyndall Centre; Friends of the Earth has a checklist of council actions; and action may also be judged against scorecards.