Controversial C40 Proposals Stir Londoners’ Climate Debate
In a striking vision for a greener future, C40, the international collective of city mayors chaired by London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has unveiled radical ideas, including the abolishment of private cars, rationing clothing purchases to three items a year, and limiting short-haul return flights to one every three years.
While promoting aggressive measures to combat climate change, critics argue that the plans are emblematic of an unelected body pushing extreme views on net zero.
Khan, an influential figure in C40, has been at the forefront of major green initiatives in London, most recently expanding the Ultra Low Emissions Zone and proposing to reduce speed limits on numerous roads.
However, despite the sensational headlines, Khan and C40 representatives emphasise that the more radical suggestions in the report are not being formally proposed for implementation but rather serve as reference points for cities to reflect upon.
With the broader goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the contentious debate underscores the challenges cities face in striking a balance between ambitious climate action and practicality. Read more.