17 Nov

What do Londoners think about climate change?


Contact details

Name: Simon Gilby
Email: [email protected]


London Councils hosted a panel discussion on our recent public polling on climate change and how these insights can help London become a more sustainable city, as part of London Climate Action Week 2020. You can view the slides, which summarise our polling results here.  


  • Katharina Winbeck, Strategic Lead: Transport and Environment, London Councils 


  • Mayor Philip Glanville, Chair of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee
  • Paul Walker, Corporate Director, London Borough of Harrow
  • Laurie Goering, Climate Change Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • Dr Neil Jennings, Partnership Development Manager, Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London

​Research by Arup has shown that Londoners need to reduce their consumption-based emissions by at least two thirds by 2030. This will put the capital on a pathway to avoiding an increase in temperature of over 1.5 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris Agreement. Achieving this requires significant changes to the way we live, meaning public support and participation are essential.

Our recent polling investigates Londoners' attitudes towards climate change to identify the motivations and barriers to taking action. Our speakers will help to open up these issues, identify some of the key challenges in engaging the public in the transition to sustainable ways of living, and how we can work together on the journey to net zero to develop a more equal, happy and healthy London.