From the 6-17th of November, Germany will host the Parties of the UNFCCC in the city of Bonn, Germany.
Being one of Europe’s biggest producers of renewable energy, Germany has a keen interest in pushing the agenda set out by the Paris Agreement in 2015. In the same weeks, the Mayor of London will also be trying to accelerate change. The London Environment Strategy (LES) consultation period ends on the closing day of the COP. After which, the GLA will collate the information received during this time in order to input the necessary changes to the draft LES. The LES and the COP23 present an exciting opportunity to accelerate change and garner support amongst national and international (Supranational) leaders towards creating a sustainable and habitable planet for us all. But they also need YOU!
At LSx we widely support both the COP23 and the LES in its ambition. As well as encourage world leaders to deliver on their promises, we are also determined to make sure communities have what they need in order to publicly engage and take action during and after these events. This includes things like promoting behaviour change when it comes to waste and recycling habits, or helping to create a sustainable transport infrastructure, or even getting involved in a Community Energy project for example.
Just like our COP23 representatives and the London Mayor will pledging and committing to change this month, we strongly encourage public engagement to get these movements off the ground. To see what you can do to pledge during the COP23, see our twitter page @LSxNews for ideas on individual climate action. Likewise with the LES, it is clear that public engagement is needed in order to effectively make change and meet our targets. We strongly encourage individuals looking to get involved to join a relevant group. Organisations such as West London Businesses, London Forum for Amenity and Civic Societies, London Wildlife Trust are always looking for more involvement.
Please keep an eye out for our upcoming response to the LES to see exactly what our communities said and how you can get involved.
To see the draft environment strategy in full before the consultation closes, visit the government website.
To access useful information on what will be happening at the COP23 please visit the website here.