London Leap

London Leap seeks to resource, support and coordinate grassroots campaigns in London to illuminate their constituent’s solutions for a meaningful just transition in the capital. We will strive to elevate these solutions in order for them to be resourced by central and local authorities and others. 

What we do

Communities on the frontlines are often left out of generating solutions and consequently, these solutions are often not fit for purpose and fail to deliver justice. London Leap seeks to resource, support and coordinate grassroots campaigns in London to illuminate their constituents solutions for a meaningful just transition in the capital. We will strive to elevate these solutions in order for them to be resourced by the Greater London Authority and Local Governments. 

We plan to gather demands and frontline solutions from Leap participants, and based on these we will curate a transformational vision for London that’s rooted in justice. We will promote this through the media, events and to decision-makers. We will also work with experienced London based campaigners to do the bridging work connecting community groups with decision making bodies to hear and take forward these solutions.

Why we do it 

Our economy is built on the historic and ongoing exploitation, extraction and oppression of countries and people. From working-class communities in London to frontline communities in Patagonia, to the Ogoni people in the Niger Delta. This extractive practice has deepened global inequalities and has caused and accelerated climate breakdown. 

After decades of campaigning from Global South communities on the frontline of climate breakdown and UK climate justice campaigners; we have reached a tipping point in public consciousness on climate change in the west.  As those in power draw up plans for a response we must engage them to ensure climate justice can be achieved with just transition principles at the heart of it. 

London is at the center of the climate crisis. The City of London has played a massive role in climate breakdown across the globe through exporting unsustainable economic models, devastating communities in the process. It is yet to be held to account for this historic and ongoing injustice.  This story of injustice is replicated in London where blighted communities are left ill-equipped to deal with ravaging impacts of inequality whether through unsafe air quality, fuel poverty or inhumane housing.

London needs a climate transition that is ambitious, rapid, equitable and transformational. Uprooting the deep inequality in the city is intimately linked to achieving climate justice. This could mean decent housing, sustainable and accessible transport, community ownership, well funded local services and much more yet to be defined by the groups we work with. 

Project team

Sakina Sheikh

Sakina leads on the London Leap project. For the last couple of years she has been campaigning for fossil fuel divestment from Local Governments. As part of her Climate Justice work, Sakina has been developing sustainable investment strategies that Local Governments can use to develop their local economies, build community wealth and develop energy democracy. She has previously worked at Global Justice Now on the intersections between Climate Justice and Trade Justice, as well as at Keep our NHS Public.

You can find her on:

Twitter: @SakinaZS

[email protected]

Kennedy Walker

Kennedy leads on the London Leap project. He is a campaigner, writer, and facilitator who specialises in communications and campaigns strategy. He has worked on issues ranging from trade justice to housing with organisations such as Global Justice Now, Centre for Labour and Social Studies, National Community Land Trust Network and more. He also has a background in grassroots and community organising having co-founded KIN, a black campaigner network and was a core member of the London-based group, Take Back The City.

You can find him on:

Twitter/insta: @kwalkeronline

[email protected]