I was born in Israel, grew up in North London and moved to Crouch End in 2009 after working in the Greenpeace office in Beijing.
One of the things that I love about living in Crouch End is the vibrant and active green community. I’ve enjoyed films at the green on the screen nights run by the local transition movement. I enjoyed being involved in the early days of the Budgens roof garden project ‘food from the sky‘. And I’m proud that Haringey council has led the way on taking strong action on climate change by pledging to reduce its emissions by 40% by 2020: the brilliant 40:20 scheme.
I despair at this government - once dubbed ‘the greenest government ever’ whose Prime Minister now dismisses environmental concerns as ‘green crap‘. I couldn't believe the Liberal Democrats voted with the Conservatives against putting a 2030 decarbonisation target in the energy bill. One of Britain's top environmental thinkers John Ashton recently said in a speech to the Royal Society that:
I can't myself see how any MP who votes against the target will thereafter be able to credibly claim that they support an effective response to climate change.
Crouch End deserves better than an MP who props up a Prime Minister like David Cameron.
That’s why Crouch Enders should welcome the selection of Catherine West as their candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green. Catherine West has not just spoken about her commitment to the environment, but has also spearheaded initiatives such such as the Bunhill energy centre, which uses excess heat from London Underground to heat homes. Catherine has consistently prioritised the issues that matter – from when she made Islington the first living wage borough to introducing free school meals for all to help tackle inequality.
I love it when neighbours in Crouch End tell me that they share my passion for the environment. That’s why I’m proud of the work that Haringey is doing on bringing down emissions in the borough. But to really make a difference we need a Labour government. Ed Miliband has pledged to create one million green jobs by 2020 if Labour win in 2015. Ed Balls has promised to give the Green Investment Bank new powers to borrow and invest in renewable energy as well as energy efficiency.
Being active in the Labour Party has been a great way to meet people who share my values and want to work hard to represent the people of Crouch End. I look forward to working alongside my fellow candidates Jason Arthur and Lourdes Keever over the coming months and years to make sure that Labour is there for the people of Crouch End and Haringey.