A greener Merton (Apr 2017)

Let's Talk Merton is our monthly informal political discussion, which takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

In April, the theme was a greener Merton. See below for the full review of the meeting.

A greener Merton

In Merton, the way our transport, buildings - and even our pensions - are run, contributes to climate change. They also harm our health, cost us money and make our financial future less secure. By tackling climate change, we can tackle lots of other long-standing problems at the same time.
 
Emissions from transport contribute to climate change and also cause air pollution that affects local people’s health. In Merton, we should encourage fewer people to drive by installing better, safer cycling routes, we should make the dirtiest vehicles less attractive and motorists who have already made the switch to electric cars should be rewarded with cheaper parking at local pay and displays.
 
Air quality near local schools is a major concern and a first step should be monitoring, particularly at pick-up and drop-off times, to gauge the problem and help decide appropriate steps.
 
Merton’s buildings are a major source of carbon emissions and waste money through higher energy bills. Schools and homes need to be better insulated and new buildings should all be “nearly zero carbon”. That means they will be built to high standards, ensuring their occupiers will have lower bills and they will not need to be retrofitted at a future date.