A More Natural Capital – coalition launches Mayoral election manifesto
The top 10 priorities of the A More Natural Capital Coalition, for Mayoral Election 2024, are set out here.
London-based businesses and policy makers can join us in pushing for the action needed to deliver a greener London. If we all work together in a coordinated way we can achieve so much more! How could you help? Do get in touch if you would like to know more about any of these calls to action. Email email@example.com and we will link you up to relevant experts able to tell you more.
- Plant 1,000 hectares of new tree canopy cover by 2030. The current goal is for 2050 which doesn’t reflect the urgent action needed! Achieve this by supporting the creation of a Tree Ring around the capital, combined with a network of planting across the city with a particular focus on addressing areas of green space deficiency.
- Support creation of at least 10 major new parks or nature reserves for London by 2030. This will give a clear identity to extensive areas of underused land, making them accessible and welcoming – and leave a life-enriching legacy to future generations of Londoners.
- Get London growing more of its own food. Specifically, support creation of 150 new community orchards and six new large community-farms incorporating nature friendly management. As well as the climate and biodiversity benefits, these will create new green jobs, provide education and volunteering opportunities, and help build stronger communities.
- Stand up to threats to London’s existing green spaces including Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land, ancient woodland, registered parks or gardens, and other green space of community value. Keeping trees and other plants in the ground is even more effective as climate action than new planting – which takes time to be impactful.
- Call for sufficient government and local authority funding for London’s green spaces. This is currently a major concern and threat to their quality and impact on public wellbeing. Endorse Parks Charter and Charter for Open Spaces and call for funds to be put in place to enable more green spaces reach the standard needed to qualify for Green Flag Awards.
- Encourage local authorities and publicly-spirited landowners to register more sites as town or village greens – leaving a lasting legacy for future generations of protected green spaces to which the public has enshrined rights of access for recreation.
- Organise emergency rain garden construction of the 357,000 rain gardens Thames Water says we need to help reduce flooding and water pollution, with completion by 2040 and the majority built by 2035, not 2050 as currently stated. Each one to take rainfall from 200 sqm of ‘grey’ space.
- Create 1,000 garden streets or street parks by 2030 in areas where residents don’t have enough green space.
- Support and showcase best practice in creation of new low traffic neighbourhoods across London encouraging more people to walk or cycle in greener and safer streets – providing model for others to follow nationally and internationally.
- Get more people walking by implementing the London Leisure Walking Plan and rolling out the Footways Network of green and attractive, low-pollution streets connecting iconic destinations and public spaces across Greater London. Make it easier for people to find the best walking routes by distributing free copies of Central London Footways maps from tube stations
Do get in touch if you would like to know more about any of these calls to action. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will link you up to relevant experts able to tell you more.