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Boris Johnson opens climate change City Hall photo exhibition

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has opened an exhibition of celebrity photographs by Cambridge Jones to encourage Londoners to take part in a new climate change consultation.

Boris Johnson and Cambridge Jones
Boris Johnson and Cambridge Jones

To kick-start a mass public consultation, City Hall is hosting an exhibition of portrait photographs featuring well-known people taken by leading portrait photographer Cambridge Jones.

Each image will include a caption from the subject giving their thoughts on climate change – these will also feature on a new website where Londoners can give their views.

Those featured in the exhibition include Vivienne Westwood, Richard E Grant, Bear Grylls, Rory Bremner, Laura Bailey, Michael Sheen, Adrian Lester, Mariella Frostrup, Jane Horrocks, Emma Thompson, Most Revd Rowan Williams and Alan Titchmarsh.

"To improve our quality of life, care for our planet and save money from our pockets, we need to adapt our homes and workplaces, moving London to an energy efficient future," says Boris Johnson.

"This has a host of broader benefits including the creation of new jobs and industries.

"This cannot be tackled only with top down solutions from politicians but through a collective response. We want to galvanise Londoners into giving us their thoughts and views.

"Gone are the stuffy consultations of the past, instead we are harnessing the power of new technologies to make it easier than ever before to influence important decisions about our city. I urge everyone to give it a go."

The site enables people to upload ideas, give their views and vote on the other proposals including those contained in the Mayor's own climate strategies. The Mayor has pledged that the best of these responses will be reflected in the final versions of two draft documents launched in February.

• The photographic exhibition is open to the public until 19 March

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