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LBHF has declared a climate & ecological emergency. 

Like many other UK councils, it has pledged to be net zero carbon by 2030.

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On Saturday 17th July, to cheering crowds on both sides of the river, Hammersmith Bridge was reopened to pedestrians and bicycles. LBHF has declared the bridge safe for the moment, though £100+ million will need to be found to make the bridge strong enough for motorised traffic. Our friends from Fare City (urban transport think tank) were there and interviewed various Barnes and Hammersmith residents about the bridge's reopening and its future. Gareth Roberts, the leader of Richmond Council, said he hoped the bridge's reopening could start a conversation 'about how we get around the capital', and that the bridge might become  'an exemplar of green travel choices'. That is a conversation that we have been inviting our own council leader, Stephen Cowan, to join for some time - to no avail - but let us know what you think!


To mark London Climate Action Week, in the week of 28th June, LBHF hosted a series of lunchtime Zoom sessions to explore the council's - and indeed residents' and local businesses' actions in response to the climate and ecological emergency. Topics included: Buildings and Net Zero; the Future of Travel; Low Waste Living; Biodiversity; and Adapting to Climate Change. Among the highlights were the presentations by friends of Imagine2030, Brian (who shared his experience of retrofitting his Edwardian terraced house) and the No Waste Jose team (who sell zero waste household products). You can view all the sessions on YouTube here.

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The splendid residents' group, Wandsworth Bridge Road Association, is celebrating after it was awarded High Streets for All funding by Sadiq Khan to enact its proposals to make Wandsworth Bridge Road cleaner and greener. You can read about the WBRA's exciting plans here.

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