This article looks at the actions local councils are taking in response to climate change, (as of July - September 2005) and in particular what information they provide for the ordinary concerned citizen. The scope of this enquiry has been limited to council websites. This article is one of a series - one article for each region of England.
An initial survey was carried out during July - September 2005, with the results included in the initial versions of this article. Please note that contributors are welcome to add information at any time. This means that different parts of the article may be up-to-date to a greater or lesser extent, but all will be at least as recent as the initial survey.
Websites for all councils in the region have been looked at during the initial survey (with the exception of any - no more than one or two - unavailable at the times of searches - see Notes on method below), though in most cases only 'postive' results (some information found) have been recorded.
Results of the initial survey could be compared with results from a similar comprehensive (England-wide) and systematic survey in about a year's time to give a broad indication of how the overall picture is changing.
The overall picture Edit
Of 34 councils in Greater London, 10 , (approx. 29%, or just under a third) are listed as having some information for ordinary concerned citizens. According to Worthing Borough Council (a council in the South East region) the government has challenged all local authorities across the UK to develop climate change strategies. Some websites provide more information than others, and sometimes it is difficult to see evidence that information provided is kept very much up-to-date.
- Greater London Authority - Climate change webpage, Young London Teens, Climate change and pollution
- Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council - Climate change and energy efficiency Signatory to Nottingham Climate Change Declaration
- Barnet London Borough Council - Air Quality & Climate Change
- Bromley London Borough Council - Climate Change webpage
- Camden London Borough Council - Summary Draft Climate Change Action Plan
- Corporation of London - Impacts of climate change on London
- Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council - Climate Change And Energy
- Havering London Borough Council - Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change Signatory to Nottingham Climate Change Declaration. Search results suggests this page may not contain recent information.
- London Borough of Lambeth - Lambeth Housing's Housing Sustainability Matters factsheet on coping with climate change at home.
- Sutton London Borough Council - Sutton backs Kyoto protocol
- Wandsworth Borough Council in London - Energy and Water - Climate change
Notes on method Edit
(Initial survey) A simple search for 'climate change' was carried out on each local council website. Links identified were restricted to web pages specifically about climate change or evidence of climate change strategies, that could reasonably easily be found by ordinary concerned citizens. PDF and word processor documents have not been included unless these can be accessed from a dedicated climate change page, or another easily found page. Information that appears to be more than 6 months old may not be recorded unless it suggests some current or ongoing activity. One or two websites may have been temporarily unavailable at the time of a search, in which case no information has been recorded. If no search facility could be found, or did not appear to be working properly at the times of searches, no information was recorded.
Links checked Philralph 15:46, 29 Sep 2005 (UTC)