A new initiative has been launched to encourage residents, businesses, organisations and Redbridge Council to create a “cleaner greener Wanstead”.
The community-led movement focuses on five priorities including cleaner journeys; more plants and trees; less plastic, waste and litter; sustainable homes and premises and living lower impact lives.
“Here in Wanstead our children are growing up breathing filthy air. We’re producing vast amounts of waste which has to be shipped abroad to be processed. We’re gradually losing the leafy green streets that make Wanstead special,” the group claim.
The Cleaner Greener Wanstead website suggests ways to be more environmentally friendly including never leaving car engines idling, filling outdoor spaces with flowers, planting more trees, carrying reusable water bottles and buying renewable energy.
Neighbouring borough Waltham Forest recently declared a “climate emergency” and resolved to launch a Climate Change Commission to “help shape our local response to this global challenge and to produce a set of policy ‘asks’ for our regional and national politicians”. The resolution followed protests by activists including international movement Extinction Rebellion.
Further information about Cleaner Greener Wanstead can be found here: https://www.cleanergreenerwanstead.org/