What could Warrington and Los Angeles (LA) have in common?

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“Thoughtful actions have a big impact, and there is no time to wait. The goal of this toolkit is to provide support and sample materials for Neighbourhood Council leaders and members to accelerate sustainable action in their communities”. After looking for the Sustainability plan for Warrington, I had a look for one that seemed to engage the community and found that despite the Trump years, Mayor Garcetti, had tried to do that.  

It is not annual average sunlight hours, that is for sure! In Warrington we have 1420 versus a much sunnier and more than double 3348 in LA. LA is one of the wealthiest places in one of the wealthiest states in America (California).

Still not seeing the common ground Warringtonians?

I am not surprised, but we could copy their Sustainability Plan, and that is something great we could have in common. Stay with me, there is method in what might sound madness.

When I started my sustainability discovery in Warrington, our sustainability plan was the first thing I looked for. Warrington had declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and the focus became energy in line with the net zero carbon targets we associate with the Paris Agreement you can see that here, other than the recently introduced Green Bond, which you can see here I couldn’t see how Warrington Council had engaged with its residents and together come up with a Sustainability plan we could all feel part of.

Getting politicians to work together seems to be getting harder, even when the topics like Sustainability and Climate Change should be effortlessly cross party

Nina Dar

I started to look for an example of somewhere that did, and had someone I knew who lived there, so I could get behind the marketing. That was LA.  You can check it out here. Interesting, because Trump withdrew the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement and was a climate change denier (predominately because he did not think that the people who voted for him wanted him to focus on that, something we do have in common politically in Warrington) finding a positive American case study was great.

When President Trump announced his plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayor Garcetti announced his plan to adopt it. He has since brought 400 Climate Mayors along and has kept the Sustainable City pLAn in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. More interesting is that he did not do this on his own:

• A goal of a collation of Climate Mayors - Mayor Garcetti co-founded Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of over 400 U.S. mayors representing nearly 70 million Americans from 47 states working together to express and build political will for effective federal and global policy action on climate change

• A goal of Fossil Fuel Free Streets - Mayor Garcetti and 11 other international mayors signed the Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration, pledging to purchase only zero-emission buses beginning in 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city is zero emission by 2030

• C40. Connecting 94 of the world’s megacities for climate action, C40 is the premier city-led coalition in the fight against climate change. Mayor Garcetti was re-elected for a second term as C40 Vice Chair in September 2017

It is impressive, built on a backdrop of no support from the then elected President Trump. A reminder that we do not all get the leaders we vote for, and this should not stop us getting involved and influencing decisions that impact us all. The best decisions are made when a diverse set of voices are heard. The collaborative approach taken by Mayor Garcetti should be celebrated and not underestimated. Getting politicians to work together seems to be getting harder, even when the topics like Sustainability and Climate Change should be effortlessly cross party.

Trump withdrew the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement and was a climate change denier predominately because he did not think that the people who voted for him wanted him to focus on that, something we do have in common politically in Warrington

Nina Dar

This was not the bit I was looking for though, the Neighbourhood Toolkit was the head turner for me. Check it out here a neat, simple idea. “Thoughtful actions have a big impact, and there is no time to wait. The goal of this toolkit is to provide support and sample materials for Neighbourhood Council leaders and members to accelerate sustainable action in their communities”

• Plant Trees - Plant Free Trees in Your Neighbourhood

• Landscaping - Plant CA Friendly Landscaping in Your Neighbourhood

• Electric Vehicle - Make Your Next Car Electric

• Install Solar - Install Solar Power Where You Live

• Grow Your Food - Grow Your Own Food

• Reduce Food Waste - Reduce Food Waste at Home

• Certify Green Business - Help Businesses Get Certified as Green

• Monitor Air Quality - Monitor and Improve Air Quality in Your Neighbourhood and Household

You may live in Warrington, LA or somewhere else, the list is the same and creates the same thoughtful impact. Please take the time to click on the links on the website, each one contains a PDF on how to get involved and the benefits of doing that.

 

A reminder that we do not all get the leaders we vote for, and this should not stop us getting involved and influencing decisions that impact us all. The best decisions are made when a diverse set of voices are heard

Nina Dar

What did my friend in LA say about it?

You can listen to our conversation here

Or watch it here

He has some feedback that Mayor Garcetti should listen to for the next evolution of the plan but let us not let the perfect get in the way of the good (Gretchen Rubin Voltaire).

Who would like something like this in Warrington or where you live?

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