Lobby election candidates to cut pollution

By Juno Baker
11th April 2022

It’s no wonder more than three quarters (78%) of Londoners think tackling air pollution should be a priority for our elected leaders. Every year in London, air pollution:

  • contributes to more than 9,400 premature deaths – including those of 12 children
  • costs the health system up to £3.7 billion
  • damages infrastructure and biodiversity through acid rain.

A More Natural Capital

CPRE London is part coalition of 17 environmental groups lobbying for A More Natural Capital. We’ve published a report setting out how London’s local elected leaders could:

  • reduce waste and cut pollution
  • mitigate climate change and increase resilience to its impacts
  • secure nature’s recovery
  • increase health and wellbeing for all Londoners.

We’ve sent A More Natural Capital to all political parties in London, so candidates should be aware of it and the proposals it sets out.

Download A More Natural Capital – an agenda for the London local elections

How you can help

The run-up to any election is a good time to talk to politicians, approach them with ideas and get them to listen to you. So, with local elections on 5th May, now is the perfect opportunity to talk to your council and mayoral candidates about reducing pollution and tackling waste.

You could ask them, for example, what they intend to do to reduce food waste, parking and to improve ‘grey’ space. What ideas do they have for cutting water pollution?

Why not ask your candidates:

  • whether they’ve read A More Natural Capital
  • what they think of the proposals, and
  • how they plan to clean the air and water or reduce litter?

If you’re on social media, you can spread the word and talk about the report using the hashtag #AMNG and the Twitter handle @AMoreNaturalCap.

How to reach your local candidates

You can email and sometimes tweet candidates. Or you might talk to them when they turn up on your doorstep asking for your vote.

If you’re not sure who’s standing for election in your area, you can find out on the Who can I vote for? website.

Simply enter your postcode and you’ll see:

  • which elections are taking place in your borough – mayoral as well as council
  • all the candidates standing in your area
  • where to vote
  • how to register, if you’re not already on the electoral register, and
  • information about ‘hustings’ – public meetings where candidates will address voters and may take questions.

Just click on a candidate’s name to see their contact details, including email and Twitter handles.

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or find out how to get more involved with the work we’re doing at CPRE London.