John Prescott came to Easton to see the show home for Bristol City Council’s Warm up Bristol Campaign.
In February, Ed Miliband made John his advisor on climate change because of his experience as one of the architects of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. John will help with negotiations ahead of this year’s UN summit in Paris on climate change.
John met members of the Easton Energy Group and learned what they were doing to help local residents reduce their bills by insulating their homes. He looked round the house and garden and talked about the way we persuade people do to cut their carbon emissions by helping them cut their energy bills at the same time.
Perhaps wisely, John declined to have a go on the Group’s special bike, but Thangam was willing to try it.
Afterwards he came back to Thangam’s Campaign Office in Lawrence Hill to meet members and supporters. He told them he had been impressed with the house in Heron Road because it showed what could be done with older houses. The vast majority of Britain’s housing stock is over 40 years old and John said this meant we could not rely on setting high standards for newly built houses. If we are to cut carbon emissions, as we must, we have to improve and insulate houses like the typical Bristol houses he had just seen.