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Lisa Osborne

Lisa Osborne is a Green Party candidate in Tooting Broadway in the Wandsworth local by-election.

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My name is Lisa Osborne. I’ve lived in Tooting for 13 years and Wandsworth for over 30. I’ve raised my family here, and sent my children to local schools. Tooting is home to me. I stood for election in Tooting Bec in May in the wave of change that brought Labour to power in Wandsworth for the first time in forty years. I’m standing again now because I believe that change isn't over, and it's long past time for Wandsworth to add a Green voice to the conversation in the Town Hall.

I came to the Green Party through concern about climate change, about the life my children and grandchildren will inherit, and to help shape our local response to a warming world. All politics, even planetary politics, is in the end local. What we do right here, right now matters more than ever. How we heat our homes, how we get around, what we plant and where, how we raise our young and how we look after each other when we get old. The Green Party has fresh answers to all of these questions.

Is it crazy to say that local residents and their councillors can shape the future of the climate when so many governments and international bodies have failed? Not at all. Local councils are on the front line of reducing emissions, and reshaping environments to enable citizens to live a low carbon life well.

Wandsworth Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and have since published their Environmental and Sustainability Strategy for reducing carbon emissions in the council estate by 2030. But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us we need to see global emissions turn down by the middle of this council term if we are to stand any chance of keeping warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

I’m not by nature an alarmist, but it is clear that over the coming years climate change is going to affect everything we do. The cost of living will rise as harvests fail in the worst affected areas. That’s already happening this year since the April heatwave scorched the Indian wheat crop and destroyed the mango harvest. Extreme weather events will increase in number and duration, damaging homes and property, like the devastating floods in Germany and Belgium last summer. Our infrastructure will be under increasing strain without strenuous and forward-facing adaptation efforts. And none of the adaptation measures we can make will be enough for as long as we continue to fill the atmosphere with greenhouse gases.

So what can we do here and now to reduce carbon emissions in our local areas, and how can councils help? Around 75% of Wandsworth’s household carbon emissions are produced across Transport, Housing and Food. Decarbonising these three areas at speed is the task of our lifetimes. And doing it with justice so that no one is left behind. Local councils have powers to help insulate homes, reducing both emissions and energy bills; to facilitate the transition away from fossil-fuelled vehicles and enable active travel; and to adapt our built environment for resilience from changing weather patterns.

But we have to raise our voices to let them know that’s what we want. Because it’s people that drive change. If elected as Wandsworth’s first Green councillor I will speak out for a greener Tooting Broadway, for a more sustainable future, and for a fair and inclusive society where your voice will be raised with mine in support of the community we live in.

My working life as a maker of television drama is about pulling people together to create big projects. It’s about managing budgets and managing teams. But most of all it’s about telling stories. And I want the stories I tell my grandchildren, on Tooting Common in a decade or more, to be about how we caught ourselves in time and saved the earth for them.

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Lisa Osborne's Elections

Date Election Party Results
2022 Tooting Broadway: Wandsworth local election Green Party Vote count not available
2022 Tooting Bec: Wandsworth local election Green Party 695 votes (not elected)

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