There’s something everyone can do to take effective climate action. Britain has some of the least energy-efficient housing in Europe and it is estimated that 56% of greenhouse emissions in Redbridge are from buildings. The Great Homes Upgrade campaigns for the Government to commit an additional £11.7bn towards retrofits of existing buildings.
As well as being essential to solving the climate crisis, installing insulation and powering homes with clean energy is the fastest way to tackle fuel poverty and would lower bills for millions, create hundreds of skilled jobs in Redbridge, reduce NOx pollution, and stop Britain funding petro-states including Russia. Everybody would win, but unfortunately government is not acting with the speed and co-ordination needed.
Here are four effective things we think are worth your time:
1: Please sign up to keep in touch with Wanstead Climate Action’s campaigns
2: Also sign up to nef’s Great Homes Upgrade list
Sign up here. This is a current campaign of nef, the New Economics Foundation – they send about one email a month., and provide proposals, analysis and resources for the next item:
3: Write to your MP
This involves a little more time, but you only need two paragraphs to ask if your MP or representative will support the Great Homes Upgrade. You can write, email or use something like Write To Them. NEF provides a 1-2 page template letter, and we have one coming soon that we hope is up-to-date for spending decisions due around September 2022. You might like to mention draughty and leaky homes, energy prices and Ukraine as well as carbon dioxide emissions from gas heating. Your MP might email a minister for finance or ‘levelling up’, or ask a parliamentary question. Please let us know if you get a response, as it’s often effective to follow up.
4: Consider how to improve your own home’s energy efficiency
Major works can daunt even committed people and there is a lack of practical support and information for local residents to reduce their emissions and bills long-term. Wanstead Climate Action aren’t experts in energy efficiency, but we’ve seen what can be achieved even in Victorian terraces and have started a resource list, including grants and advice that may be available.
Reducing your heating bill now is probably one of the best things for a climate-safe future.