How will the new East Midlands Mayor tackle the climate and ecological emergency?

Hustings event – 17th April 2024 at 7pm

Five candidates for the new Mayor of the East Midlands Combined Authority will be grilled on climate, environmental and social justice issues at an online hustings https://bit.ly/3vHEwAV on Wednesday 17 April at 7pm. The hustings is organised by a wide coalition of environmental and climate groups, coordinated by Friends of the Earth and co-hosted with Fuel Poverty Action, D2N2 Active Travel Alliance (Sustrans, Cycle UK, Living Streets and Ridewise), Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

The candidates (in alphabetical order): Frank Adlington-Stringer (Green Party), Ben Bradley (Conservative), Matt Relf (Independent), Helen Tamblyn-Saville and Claire Ward (Labour) have all agreed to attend the hustings  Mayoral elections will be on Thursday 2 May.

Friends of the Earth’s campaign organiser for the East Midlands Richard Dyer said:


The new Mayor will have new powers and funding that can be used to help our region tackle the climate and ecological emergency. They can’t single-handedly solve the crisis, but they must use the powers they have to make as big a difference as possible. They have a very important role to play in providing a guiding vision for the area, and will need to work with councils, businesses, local communities and the national government.”


The coalition are asking all the candidates to sign a climate pledge https://bit.ly/3U4Uoqz and have sent them a 10 point Climate Action Plan for the East Midlands https://bit.ly/3xyzVRY . The Plan covers the Coalition’s priorities for protecting people and planet, including: reducing home energy use, supporting green jobs, radically increasing public transport use and active travel, protecting and enhancing nature, promoting renewable energy and only using ‘green’ hydrogen from renewable energy sources.

Anyone wanting to attend the hustings can register their place online https://bit.ly/3vHEwAV


Members of the Friends of the Earth coalition include: Broxtowe Green Umbrella, Burton Joyce Climate Action, Canopy 2050, Climate Action North-East Derbyshire, Climate Action Notts, CPRE Notts, Derby Climate Coalition, Derbyshire Climate Coalition, Derbyshire Dales Climate Hub, High Peak Green New Deal, Hope Valley Climate Action, Nottingham Friends of the Earth, Nottingham Pedals cycle campaign, Sherwood Forest Friends of the Earth, Sustrans, Tideswell and District Environment Group, Transition Chesterfield, Teversal, Stanton Hill and Skegby Neighbourhood Forum, Young Friends of the Earth Notts .


For more information contact Richard Dyer: Richard.Dyer@foe.co.uk or 07856 683193