Mayor Khan: “The climate emergency is the biggest global threat we face”

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan contributed £4 million to the Green and Healthy Streets fund, with the money going toward 19 initiatives that would increase climate resilience and make public areas greener, reports Environment Journal.

Mayor Khan stated: “The climate emergency is the biggest global threat we face today and its effects are on our doorstep. The flash flooding we experienced last year and the extreme heatwaves last month risk becoming more common as we deal with the impacts of the climate crisis”.

“‘As Mayor I am determined to invest in more green spaces for all. We need to act now to adapt our city and build a better London for everyone – a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all,” he further stated.

Investments will be used for projects like tree pits and rain gardens, which absorb surface water run-off to lower the danger of flooding, enhance biodiversity, and make the surroundings more appealing.

Amounts allocated for the most climate-vulnerable areas will result in the planting of hundreds of street trees, ten new pocket parks, and other infrastructure that will provide shade, lessen flood risk, and reduce air pollution.

Khan unveiled the city’s first comprehensive environmental policy in May 2018. It addresses issues like noise, waste, noise reduction, green infrastructure, energy efficiency, climate change adaptation, and noise mitigation, according to C40 Knowledge.

This strategy pledges London to become a zero carbon city by 2050 and is aligned with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping global warming to 1.5°C. (photo credit: NASA/Unsplash)