Endorsement of Connecting Oxford and Zero Emission Zone: Letter to Oxford County Council and Oxford City Council

The Committee of Oxford Climate Policy Forum today sent a signed letter to County Councillors Ian Hudspeth, Yvonne Constance and City Councillors Tom Hayes and Craig Simmons (currently Lord Mayor of Oxford).

The letter expresses OxCPF’s endorsement of two key proposals affecting regional transport emissions mitigation:

  • Connecting Oxford – best known for restricting cars from passing through Oxford town centre
  • Zero Emission Zone – which will progressively increase emissions requirements for cars entering Oxford.

We believe that, while not ambitious enough, both these proposals are essential building blocks for future action. Apart from reducing emissions of the regional transport sector, both proposals will also help to significantly improve air pollution issues.

The letter may be found here (signatures have been masked for data privacy reasons).

OxCPF to co-host Environmental Crisis Hustings for East Oxford Constituency

Oxford Climate Policy Forum is excited to co-host the Environmental Crisis Hustings jointly with Extinction Rebellion Oxford, Friends of the Earth Oxford and Parents for Future Oxford and Oxford Climate Society. The event and the involvement of OxCPF has been featured in Oxford Mail.

The event will feature the following parliamentary candidates for Oxford East:

  • Conservative Party: Louise Staite (invited), represented by Cllr Suzanne Bartington
  • Green Party: David Williams (confirmed)
  • Labour: Anneliese Dodds (confirmed)
  • Liberal Democrats: Alistair Fernie (confirmed)

Importantly, questions asked at the event will be partially selected and moderated by an expert team.

Press release:

As a cross-party initiative of young politicians, Oxford Climate Policy Forum is excited to be co-hosting a hustings event on climate change involving climate change experts. Despite differences in party policies, we believe that it is possible and deeply necessary to find cross-party consensus on baseline climate action.

Further details about the event can be found at the Facebook event page.

Climate Change Experts join the Advisory Board

OxCPF is happy to announce that the following experts are joining its advisory board:

  • Alice Evatt is a DPhil Candidate at Oxford University, specialising in climate change ethics, and a member of the Oxford Climate Crisis Thinking Network.  She works on topics ranging from the value of nature amidst the climate and ecological crisis, to the climate responsibility of major agribusinesses.
  • Tristram Walsh is the President of the award-winning Oxford Climate Society. As an MPhys student at the University of Oxford he studies both atmospheric physics and theoretical physics, and conducts research into adapative mitigatation pathways using climate models under Myles Allen. In the past, he has done research on the extreme weather attribution under Fredi Otto. He says:
    ‘Climate change is fundamentally a non-partisan problem, and any attempt to bring together young and future politicians from across the political spectrum in a meaningful way is necessary for equitable policies to be enacted. After talking with the founder during the early stages of dreaming up OxCPF, I’m convinced that the project is important, promising, and in great hands, and I look forward to supporting and collaborating towards it’s progress in any way I can over the coming months.’
  • Thomas Hornigold is a DPhil student in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford, where he studies future climate change scenarios including the potential applications of solar geoengineering and negative emissions. In addition to this, he is a keen science communicator, writing on issues of climate, energy, machine learning and technology in general for Singularity Hub, as well as hosting a podcast on physics and technology – Physical Attraction.

Alice, Tristram and Thomas will inform the Forum’s decision making with their valuable expert advice on climate change issues.

OxCPF endorsed by MP, Lord Mayor and City Councillors

We are very excited that this week, OxCPF has been endorsed by a variety of senior politicians both within Oxfordshire, as well as in Westminster. This provides valuable support for our journey ahead and we are excited to share some of the reactions:

Caroline Lucas, MP (Green Party of England and Wales), has officially endorsed OxCPF and wishes “best of luck” for its operations. We are particularly excited about this endorsement given Caroline’s long history of climate action and environmental awareness. She is also centrally involved in the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG), which aims to be the “the leading forum informing the climate change discussion between parliamentarians, business leaders, NGOs and academics”. We at OxCPF are committed to bringing the spirit of cross-party collaboration to the regional level.

Furthermore, Cllr Craig Simmons, Sheriff of Oxford and Leader of Green Group at Oxford City Council, has expressly endorsed OxCPF, stating that “I strongly support the work of the Oxford Climate Policy forum who are working cross-party to learn about, and influence, climate policy. As Oxford’s Lord Mayor elect I have made the climate crisis one of the focal points for my year in office. It is therefore particularly exciting to see such initiatives take root in the City”. OxCPF is thus glad to be enjoying the support of Oxford’s Lord Mayor.

Last but not least, a number of Labour Councillors have expressed support for OxCPF, including Cllr Richard Howlett and Cllr Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini. In addition, Cllr Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Greener Environment and Chair of Oxfordshire Co-Operative Party, states: “Climate change casts a long shadow on the world—we cannot allow more decades to pass by without coming up with lasting solutions to our climate crisis. Working with all councillors, the Labour-led City Council has played a leading role in reducing city-wide Carbon Dioxide emissions by 24% and raising city-wide renewable electricity generation by 56% since 2016. Our city will be home to the world’s first zero emission zone and the UK’s first citizens assembly on climate change, so that all viewpoints on environmental issues, especially those which often go unheard, shape our ambition to be zero carbon by 2030. More of the same won’t solve our problems, which is why the citizens assembly will be designed by a cross-party independent group and we’re working across parties to develop climate policy. As such, I welcome the Oxford Climate Policy Forum’s aims.”

David Williams, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford East, and former councillor of more than 30 years wrote: “I strongly endorse the Oxford Climate Policy Forum and its objectives. Any assistance that the Forum requires that is required from me will be fully forthcoming as this is a matter of urgency.”