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ACtion on climate change

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 tackling homelessness

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improving mental health

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Action on Climate Change

Climate change is the biggest single threat to everything we all care about. 

 

Global temperatures have reached new highs, with Arctic ice continuing to melt. Each summer brings news of fires burning through climate-critical forests, with the resulting loss of biodiversity a major driving factor in the spread of zoonotic diseases, which run a high risk of future pandemics. 

 

It is the biggest single threat to everything that the City of London Corporation exists to do.

 

With the rise of flooding and pollution in the UK, we can see the everyday impacts of the climate crisis – Global heating is driving more rainfall and rising sea levels - putting the City at risk of flooding. It’s driving hotter and drier summers - putting our country at risk of a tipping point in water scarcity. 

 

In 2019 extreme weather events across the globe caused over 100 billion dollars in damage.

 

Extremes of weather will increasingly damage the infrastructure on which our economies depend - inhibiting the sustainable growth that underpins our very ability to respond to this climate crisis. As we look to build a more resilient future post-Covid, we must ensure halting climate breakdown is central to that. 

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What I'm doing about it

 

I’m pushing for faster, further, fairer action on climate change.

 

In October 2020, I brought a motion asking the Corporation to declare a climate emergency and to agree that the proposed funding for climate action for the next 5-years would be a minimum commitment.[video]

Pushing for a “green impact assessment” to accompany every policy or project proposal submitted to a committee, adopted by Lisvane Review and implemented 

Fossil fuel divestment - Approximately £1 in every £20 of the City’s financial investments are in fossil fuel companies (4.5%-5% of total holdings as at the last footprinting date. I ask that the City has a quarterly audit of all its investments both direct and indirect, and for the results of these audits to be published. Publication should reveal not only the percentage of fossil fuel investments held, but also the market value of the same. We also ask for a clear commitment on fossil fuel divestment and a timeline for achieving this.

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Action on Clima

City of London workers suffer the worst mental health in UK. As a junior criminal barrister, I am acutely aware of the negative impact that working long hours and operating in a high-pressure environment can have on mental health and wellbeing. 

The Covid-19 public health crisis has had a significant negative impact upon the mental health and wellbeing of both City residents, workers and business owners.

 

As a member of the Community & Children’s Services Committee, I’m proud to have been able to support a range of initiatives to help those experiencing mental ill health, including Castle Baynard’s Dragon Cafe in the City and the newly launched City Wellbeing Centre that will provide access to clinical therapeutic interventions to City workers and residents on a range of incomes.

 

Ways of delivering primary care changed radically during lockdown, I will encourage the City to work with healthcare colleagues to secure the best of those changes to further improve access to mental health support in the long term.

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What I'm doing about it

 

I’m pushing for faster, further, fairer action on climate change. In October 2020 I brought a motion asking the Corporation to declare a climate emergency [link to motion, link to clip] and asking that the City agree that proposed funding for climate action for the next 5-years is a minimum commitment [link to video clip].

 

Pushing for a “green impact assessment” to accompany every policy or project proposal submitted to a committee, adopted by Lisvane Review and implemented 

 

Approximately £1 in every £20 of the City’s financial investments are in fossil fuel companies (4.5%-5% of total holdings as at the last footprinting date. 

 

Fossil fuel divestment - We ask that the City has a quarterly audit of all its investments both direct and indirect, and for the results of these audits to be published. Publication should reveal not only the percentage of fossil fuel investments held, but also the market value of the same. We also ask for a clear commitment on fossil fuel divestment and a timeline for achieving this.

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Improving mental health 

City of London workers suffer the worst mental health in UK. As a junior criminal barrister, I am acutely aware of the negative impact that working long hours and operating in a high-pressure environment can have on mental health and wellbeing. 

The Covid-19 public health crisis has had a significant negative impact upon the mental health and wellbeing of both City residents, workers and business owners.

 

As a member of the Community & Children’s Services Committee, I’m proud to have been able to support a range of initiatives to help those experiencing mental ill health, including Castle Baynard’s Dragon Cafe in the City and the newly launched City Wellbeing Centre that will provide access to clinical therapeutic interventions to City workers and residents on a range of incomes.

 

Ways of delivering primary care changed radically during lockdown, I will encourage the City to work with healthcare colleagues to secure the best of those changes to further improve access to mental health support in the long term.

Weathered Man

What I'm doing about it

I’m pushing for faster, further, fairer action on climate change bringing a motion asking the Corporation to declare a climate emergency [link to motion, link to clip] and asking that the City agree that proposed funding for climate action for the next 5-years is a minimum commitment [link to video clip].

 

Pushing for a “green impact assessment” to accompany every policy or project proposal submitted to a committee, adopted by Lisvane Review and implemented 

 

Approximately £1 in every £20 of the City’s financial investments are in fossil fuel companies (4.5%-5% of total holdings as at the last footprinting date. 

 

Fossil fuel divestment - We ask that the City has a quarterly audit of all its investments both direct and indirect, and for the results of these audits to be published. Publication should reveal not only the percentage of fossil fuel investments held, but also the market value of the same. We also ask for a clear commitment on fossil fuel divestment and a timeline for achieving this.

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Improving mental health 

City of London workers suffer the worst mental health in UK. As a junior criminal barrister, I am acutely aware of the negative impact that working long hours and operating in a high-pressure environment can have on mental health and wellbeing. 

The Covid-19 public health crisis has had a significant negative impact upon the mental health and wellbeing of both City residents, workers and business owners.

 

As a member of the Community & Children’s Services Committee, I’m proud to have been able to support a range of initiatives to help those experiencing mental ill health, including Castle Baynard’s Dragon Cafe in the City and the newly launched City Wellbeing Centre that will provide access to clinical therapeutic interventions to City workers and residents on a range of incomes.

 

Ways of delivering primary care changed radically during lockdown, I will encourage the City to work with healthcare colleagues to secure the best of those changes to further improve access to mental health support in the long term.

Public Rental Bikes

What I'm doing about it

I’m pushing for faster, further, fairer action on climate change bringing a motion asking the Corporation to declare a climate emergency [link to motion, link to clip] and asking that the City agree that proposed funding for climate action for the next 5-years is a minimum commitment [link to video clip].

 

Pushing for a “green impact assessment” to accompany every policy or project proposal submitted to a committee, adopted by Lisvane Review and implemented 

 

Approximately £1 in every £20 of the City’s financial investments are in fossil fuel companies (4.5%-5% of total holdings as at the last footprinting date. 

 

Fossil fuel divestment - We ask that the City has a quarterly audit of all its investments both direct and indirect, and for the results of these audits to be published. Publication should reveal not only the percentage of fossil fuel investments held, but also the market value of the same. We also ask for a clear commitment on fossil fuel divestment and a timeline for achieving this.

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