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Welcome to GlosCAN.org, the website of Gloucestershire Climate Action Network.

Please help in campaigning for action on climate change in Gloucestershire by reading our Starting Points and Aims and signing up as a Supporter. Being a Supporter costs nothing and enables you to be on our mailing list if you wish.

GlosCAN is a member of the Climate Coalition.

We are delighted to welcome David Drew, MP for Stroud, as a Supporter.

National and international press articles on climate change

Letters in the local press on climate change

Help publicise GlosCAN – download our leaflet – gloscan leaflet v11 2017

GlosCAN incurs expenses for the running of this website, organising meetings and printing leaflets. Please consider making a donation if you can.

 

Judicial review against the UK government on climate – by Plan B + 11

See page in our Current and Planned Actions section.

 

Forthcoming events:

(See our Forthcoming Events page.)

 

Recent events:

(See also our Recent Events page.)

Parliamentarians’ letter to Michael Gove on ‘Green Brexit’ and climate change mitigation

GlosCAN has coordinated a letter to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, signed by David Drew MP (Stroud), Julie Girling, Clare Moody and Molly Scott Cato, MEPs for the South West. A press release has also been issued – 5 Feb 2018.

See also press release from Julie Girling ‘Let’s link farm grants to cutting CO2’ and her Twitter page.

 

‘Show the Love’ Climate Coalition campaign February 2018

See the film: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love/

GlosCAN’s Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Thu 12 October.  Raquel Hughes from Tidal Lagoon Power, Gloucester, gave a detailed presentation about the proposed tidal lagoon pilot project in Swansea Bay. The project is ready and awaiting decision by Government.

Issues discussed included the ideal nature of the Severn estuary, construction methods and materials used,  potential output of different sizes of lagoon, the price of power generated, managing input to the grid, and suitable sites in the UK. It was estimated that six large-size lagoons (larger than the pilot lagoon) around the UK could provide 8% of UK energy. This would be equal to a ‘Severn Barrage’, but without the negative environmental effects.

We were pleased to have two new volunteers to serve on the Steering Group who were duly elected. The meeting ended with a discussion of ideas for future plans.

 

RSA Watch: Is there still Hope on Climate Change? 7 Sep 2017, Hawkwood, Stroud

In partnership with Hawkwood and Gloucestershire Climate Action Network.

 

Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAT)

actions and developments

 

 

Helping people with reducing their carbon footprint

Community Carbon Reduction Programme – see our page How can I help?

Current Focus

Our current focus is on engaging with local MPs, MEPs and councillors on climate change policies.

 

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Looking back – 1989

‘The public was unaware of the enormous scale of action that was needed to tackle the threat to the world’s climate, Sir Ian Lloyd (Havant, Conservative), chairman of the select committee on energy, told MPs. Speaking in a Commons debate on world climate change and his committee’s report on the greenhouse effect, he said that keeping man’s tenancy on Earth might require a worldwide programme by which all previous endeavours, even in war and in putting a man on the moon, “will pale into insignificance.”’
The Times, 10 Nov 1989. Quoted in Autogeddon by Heathcote Williams, 1991

 

Website header photo: Standish Woods, Gloucestershire, by Philip Booth