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GlosCAN Newsletter November 2020

EVENTS
Stroud CAN Forum meeting
A supply-side climate treaty? Proposal for the virtual climate summit 12 Dec
Stroud District Council 2030 Plan consultation by 16 Dec
CEE Bill

NEWS
Climate Outreach webinar ‘Britain Talks Climate’
Gloucestershire composer Penny Squire composition – A New Way
Jonathon Porritt interviewed for Stroud Book Festival
University of Gloucestershire Mission Net Zero webinar of October
Gaia Event, Gloucester Cathedral Oct-Nov
Government’s plans for measures to 2050
Government’s plans – articles from the press
The Climate Coalition – Ten-Point Plan
Campaign against Climate Change
350.org news

EVENTS

Stroud CAN Forum meeting
The next online CAN Forum is on Monday 7 December, 1900-2100. The focus is on the decarbonisation of transport and there is an exciting line up of speakers. Please register by e-mail for log-in details networksupport@transitionstroud.org
Web pages for the CAN Forum here.
Convenor – Fred Barker 07803 905 430.

A supply-side climate treaty? Proposals for the virtual climate summit 12 Dec
‘Mark the date: 12 December “COP26 Launchpad” – Time for the UK to show real global leadership’
This blog by Hugh Richards, Chair of GlosCAN, is about persuading the UK Government ‘to come up with new climate policy initiatives befitting its self-appointed global leadership role as host to the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow in November 2021. . .’
It contains what Hugh hopes will be a useful tool for engaging with MPs in the run-up to 12 December.

Stroud District Council Draft 2030 Plan consultation
Limiting, adapting, recovering and responding in a changing climate.
The Council ‘is committed to a fast paced target of the entire district being carbon neutral by 2030.
We’ve set out how we think this can be achieved – but we need you to tell us whether we’re heading in the right direction by filling out a short survey.
It’s a big topic so there’s lots of background information to help set the scene (but if you’re short of time you can just fill in the survey if you choose.)’
Deadline is 16 December. See the Draft 2030 Strategy webpage, which includes the print version 2030 Strategy and the 2030 Strategy Master Plan.
Please encourage as many others as possible to take part as well!

CEE Bill
Join the campaign. Keep writing to your MP. We need to persuade as many MPs as possible to get behind the bill in order to make it law.

NEWS

Climate Outreach webinar
Britain Talks Climate: a toolkit for engaging the British public on climate change, from Climate Outreach. The Britain Talks Climate webinar was held on 18 Nov. The recording of the webinar can be accessed here and you can explore the full Britain Talks Climate toolkit here.

Gloucestershire composer Penny Squire composition – A New Way
15 minutes of music with film showing that by living sustainably we can enjoy our lives on a healthy planet.
String quartet played by professional musicians.

Jonathon Porritt interviewed for Stroud Book Festival
Watch interview. ‘It’s not too late, but not for long.’
‘While we are close to passing ‘the point of no return’, there are still compelling reasons to remain hopeful about the climate emergency.’ So argues eminent writer, broadcaster and sustainable development campaigner Jonathon Porritt in his new book, “Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency”.
He joins us to explain his reasons for optimism – as long as we act now – and outlines his compelling blueprint for post Covid-19 recovery across the world, taking in everything from new technologies and the power of innovation, to the mobilisation of young people and a sense of intergenerational solidarity.’
See also: Forum for the Future.
Buy the Book.

University of Gloucestershire Mission Net Zero webinar of 29 Oct
This film recording is the Mission Net Zero webinar led by the University of Gloucestershire for Gloucester Cathedral’s 2020 Hope for Creation series. There were expert speakers sharing net zero carbon delivery issues from Interface floor coverings, Forest Green Rovers & Ecotricity, Gloucester Cathedral and the University of Gloucestershire.
Total duration 2 hours approx. – speakers listed in order of appearance.
Two interesting podcasts on net zero agendas that were mentioned are:
Designing with the Climate in Mind from Interface.
Zero Carbonista from Dale Vince at Ecotricity/Forest Green Rovers.

Gaia event, Gloucester Cathedral, Oct/Nov
The Gaia event is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface offering an extraordinary opportunity to see our home planet at scale.
A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.
You can find the 30 minute video of the Gaia installation and an interview with artist Luke Jerram.

Government’s plans for measures to 2050
PM outlines his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution for 250,000 jobs.
See also: policy paper. Please let your MP know your opinions about the Plan.

Government’s plans for measures to 2050 – some articles from the press
Johnson seeks Downing St reset with ‘green industrial revolution’
Boris Johnson: Now is the time to plan our green recovery
The key areas of Boris Johnson’s ‘green industrial revolution’
Pressure grows on Boris Johnson over UK carbon emissions plan

The Climate Coalition – Ten-Point Plan
Climate Coalition Ten Point Plan for a Green and Fair Recovery.

Campaign against Climate Change
News.

350.org news
350.org: Fossil fuel companies to sponsor the COP26 climate talks?

GlosCAN Newsletter October 2020

EVENTS
CEE Bill Tea Parties, Fridays, Stroud
Climate cairn
Stroud District CAN Forum
Local electricity bill – Power for People
Planning White Paper, consultation ends 29 Oct

NEWS
GlosCAN blog – a supply-side climate treaty
Tewkesbury Borough Council – Climate Emergency Update
Tewkesbury Town Council – Climate Change Action Working Group
BBC Radio Three Counties interview with Cate Cody, Tewkesbury
Other news from Tewkesbury
Government commitment to publish Net Zero Strategy
Greenpeace campaign on transport

EVENTS

CEE bill tea parties on Fridays, Stroud
If you fancy a meet up in person, then come along to the CEE Bill Tea Party 12 to 2pm, 3 King St (next to Poundland), Stroud to promote the bill and chat to real people! See also https://xrstroud.org/

Climate cairn – work continues on Fridays. Contact GlosCAN for details. See http://gloscan.org/climate-cairn-stroud/

Stroud District CAN Forum
(Fred Barker, Convenor, 07803 905 430)
– Stroud District Council’s online consultation event for local climate action group discussion of the draft Carbon Neutral 2030 strategy is on 12th November, 1800-2000. Please put the date in the diary – details and how to register to be circulated shortly! See https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/draft-2030-strategy

– The Stroud District CAN Forum meeting on 26 October (fully booked) will feature presentations from organisations that can work with local groups on renewable energy projects (mainly rooftop PV). Presenters are: Andy Tunstall from the Green Group UK, who will talk about the Solar Streets initiative http://thegreengroupuk.com/solar-streets, which involves a collaborative approach with local groups and parish councils to deliver discounted rooftop PV installations on domestic properties; Aaron Yule from the Big Solar Coop, who will talk about the Coop’s pilot programme  https://bigsolar.coop/pioneer-programme/, which looks to empower and support local groups to deliver rooftop PV on non-domestic buildings (including public buildings and businesses); Peter Boait from Gloucestershire Community Energy Cooperative http://gloscommenergy.org.uk/, who will talk about the Coop’s current projects and how it could work with groups on different types of renewable energy project.

– Finally, just to re-iterate the request for feedback about local experience of the GHG Scheme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme#how-to-apply. If you have any feedback from local members/residents – particularly about barriers and challenges, and suggestions for ways of overcoming them – please do let us know. We can forward information to SWEA, which is collating feedback. Note also that SWEA’s dedicated advice line on the GHG Scheme is now live (01452 937996).

Local electricity bill: Power for People is a not-for-profit organisation, campaigning for the UK to rapidly transition to 100% clean energy and for local communities to benefit from this great transition. Our campaigns will only succeed if many people get involved and take action so we need your help! www.powerforpeople.org.uk/sign-up

Planning White Paper
Consultation ends 29 October. Good, clear 10 min explanation on the (highly complex and lengthy), Planning White Paper, by CPRE the countryside charity. Well worth a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6g6EORy4Rs

NEWS

GlosCAN blog on a supply-side climate treaty: ‘Mark the date: 12 December “COP26 Launchpad” – Time for the UK to show real global leadership’ by Hugh Richards, Chair of GlosCAN
‘There are now just over two months in which to persuade the UK Government to come up with new climate policy initiatives befitting its self-appointed global leadership role as host to the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow in November 2021. . . . Read the blog at http://gloscan.org/2020/10/03/mark-the-date-12-december-cop26-launchpad-time-for-the-uk-to-show-real-global-leadership/

Tewkesbury Borough Council – Climate Emergency Update
Last year a motion for TBC to declare a Climate Emergency was passed on 1st October 2019. A key part of this declaration was to include an audit of the Council’s current position; an action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
TBC has now had an audit and there is an approved plan of action.
Recommendations of all kinds extend from turning down the heating and smarter heat/cool controls to replacing end of life boilers and cooling systems with the latest Green technologies and the installation of PV and further rolling out of the EV fleet. The measures extend across council-used areas of the Council Offices building, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury Leisure Centre, Cold Pool Lane Sports Pavilion, Cheltenham, five domestic support homes, Tewkesbury Cemetery, TBC Fleet (including waste contractors Ubico) and TBC Grey Fleet (privately owned employee / Councillor vehicles used on Council business). Council related journeys by public transport and office waste will also be added in the near future.
Report in full:
https://minutes.tewkesbury.gov.uk/documents/s39699/TBC%20Baseline%20Emissions%20Action%20Plan%20-%20Final%20Report%20-%20June%202020%2012.6.2020.pdf

Tewkesbury Town Council – Climate Change Action Working Group
Web page with some of the things we’ve been doing: https://tewkesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/climate-change-action/

BBC Radio Three Counties Interview
Interview with Cate Cody of Tewkesbury about why David Attenborough is so loved and respected. Starts at: 2 hr 7 min, 39 sec., approx. 9 min.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08rjs8c

Other news from Tewkesbury area Froglife / Toads on the Roads, following success by the Tewkesbury Team this spring, sign up to join or start a group near you at glos.toads@gmail.com; Tewkesbury Nature Reserve is really thriving – to become a supporter of the reserve contact supporters@tewkesburynaturereserve.org.uk; Plastic-Free Communities (Surfers against Sewage) Tewkesbury has a Plastic-Free Group and are working towards accreditation, Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreetewkesbury/

Climate Change Committee welcomes Government commitment to publish Net Zero Strategy, 16 Oct 2020
https://www.theccc.org.uk/2020/10/16/ccc-welcomes-government-commitment-to-publish-net-zero-strategy/ CCC Chairman, Lord Deben, said:
“We’re starting to see some of the cogs turning across central Government to get the Net Zero transition moving. There has been some progress in the last four months but much of what is promised in this document is just that: a promise. We’re pleased to see plans for a comprehensive Net Zero Strategy before next year’s COP confirmed, and new proposals in the works for hydrogen, industry and biomass. These must deliver alongside ambitious policies required from the Energy White Paper, the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and the Environment and Agriculture Bills. There’s clearly more work to do, and we’ll want to see the policies attached to these plans very soon.”

For comparison with other proposals being made, see, for example, Zero Carbon Britain https://www.cat.org.uk/info-resources/zero-carbon-britain/research-reports/zero-carbon-britain-rising-to-the-climate-emergency/

or the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill) https://www.ceebill.uk/

or the UK Climate Assembly report of September 2020
https://www.climateassembly.uk/

Greenpeace campaign- ‘What if we funded transport like it really matters?’
Everyone benefits from better transport, and putting some extra funding into the system could make a real difference. Here’s how things would change if we invested £10 billion more every year into fair, sustainable and affordable transport. https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/transport-funding-buses-trains-walking-cycling/

GlosCAN Newsletter
September 2020

CONTENTS

Events

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
Friday 25 Sep – Sarah Lunnon – meet in Stroud about the Bill
Climate Week NYC 21-27 Sep 2020
School strikes locally – planned actions in view of Covid
Climate Vigil, Stroud
Climate cairn, Stroud
Planning proposal: Larks Green Solar Farm, Iron Acton
Climate Coalition – sign #thetimeisnow declaration

News

Updates from local Climate Action Networks
Ideas from Nailsworth CAN
Vision21, Cheltenham
Article in Politico.eu news about Stroud
UK Climate Assembly has reported

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Events

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill needs everyone’s help.
‘On the 12th August we launched the campaign for the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) bill. This is a Private Members’ Bill, and taking it through parliament will be a hard-fought process but it has been done before with major climate legislation. This is an alliance bill that has been written by scientists, lawyers and activists; it is gathering support from a broad range of campaign groups, businesses, charities and individuals. The bill has the potential to become the most significant move forward since the Climate Change Act 2008.’
Article about the bill at TheConversation.com, The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill is exactly what we need and here’s why.

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Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Overview

This document acts as a summary of the key aims and themes of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (‘the Bill’).

It has been prepared by the CEE Bill Alliance, which is a team of scientists, academics, lawyers and campaigners working together—and guided by current science—to call for urgent, far-reaching and necessary actions from the UK Government to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

The full text of the Bill may be found here, online – here – alongside our accompanying briefing note. To contact the CEE Bill Alliance, email info@ceebill.uk and visit ceebill.uk for further information.

Aims
What will the CEE Bill do?

The Bill will set an emergency path for the UK to follow. It will see the creation of a Citizens’ Assembly that will put forward recommendations, contributing to the work of both the UK Government and UK Parliament in delivering an essential climate and ecological emergency strategy. This objectives of the Bill are to:

  1. Ensure that the UK plays its fair and proper role in limiting global temperatures to 1.5°C by:
  • taking account of the UK’s entire carbon footprint domestically and internationally, necessitating real action on emissions reductions
  • circumscribing reliance on speculative future carbon capture technologies
  1. Actively conserve the natural world by:
  • protecting and restoring the UK’s ecosystems, with a focus on biodiversity, soils and natural carbon sinks
  • mitigating the damage to nature caused by supply chains, domestically and internationally
  • accounting for the UK’s ecological footprint

In order to meet the bill’s objectives, a (temporary) emergency Citizens’ Assembly will help the UK Government and UK Parliament decide the measures to include in the strategy. The Assembly will empower MPs to take the necessary decisions, and also allow people to have a real say in the pathway of a fair and just transition to a zero carbon society, enriched by a thriving, natural world.

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Friday 25 Sep – Sarah Lunnon – meet in Stroud about the Bill
From Sarah Lunnon: On Friday 25th September 12-2pm, 3 King St (& subsequent Fridays)
Bring a flask and cup, table and chair and we will have a cup of tea and call on Siobhan Baillie to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.
Posters welcome.

Climate Week NYC 21-27 Sep 2020
Prince Charles on the effects of climate change
World split on urgency of tackling rising temperatures, poll suggests
UK kicks off Climate Week NYC with a series of ambitious climate commitments

School strikes – less planned actions in view of Covid

Website of Fridays for Future.
Local details from 2019: Youthstrike4climatestroud – Stroud – youthstrike4climatestroud@gmail.com – @Youthstrike4climatestroud
www.youthstrike4climatestroud.weebly.com/
UKSCN Gloucester – Gloucester city – ukscn.gloucester@gmail.com
Instagram: @ukscn_gloucester – Twitter: @ukscnglos
Guardian article: ‘Children urged to strike against lack of action on climate emergency  – Schoolchildren to protest on Friday in first such action since coronavirus pandemic struck’

Climate Vigil, Stroud
Vigils are continuing on Saturdays 11 – 1 outside the Subscription Rooms until 3rd October. See our August newsletter.

Climate cairn, Stroud
The location of the cairn has shifted slightly, to make it easier to get to and around it, and make it more visible, and on flatter ground. There will also be a sign. See details.

Planning proposal: Larks Green Solar Farm, Iron Acton
Planning proposal: Larks Green Solar Farm, Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire
If you would like to have input in the planning process or just learn more, please see details and public exhibition webinar of July.
South Gloucestershire planning website link.
For any further details contact:
jasmine.el-gabban@alpacacommunications.com
tel. 020 7499 2842

Climate Coalition – sign #thetimeisnow declaration
‘This Autumn the government is making crucial decisions about how to rebuild the economy. We know that building a strong, resilient economy goes hand in hand with tackling climate change, so we need to make sure the government sees the groundswell of support for a green and fair recovery package.
We are bringing people together to raise their voices in support of a cleaner, greener future. There are three ways to get involved: by contributing to the Treasury’s Comprehensive Spending Review (by 24 Sep), by signing the Declaration, and through hosting or attending a local green jobs panel event.
Use your voice to tell politicians that you want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild a strong economy.’
Read & sign our declaration now (official launch 28 September), send a message to Rishi Sunak, find resources to get involved, and more.

News

Updates from local Climate Action Networks
The Stroud District CAN forum of 14 Sep covered topics such as Stroud District Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 Strategy, Domestic Retrofit – the Green Homes grant, Promoting Nature Restoration and Carbon Sequestration. Next meeting is 26 Oct. Further details from: Fred, Convenor, Stroud District CAN Forum, 07803 905 430 or see https://www.transitionstroud.org/climate-emergency/

Ideas from Nailsworth CAN
– items on virtual open edible gardens
– mobility and transport survey results
blog on electric vehicles
– and the national campaign Build Back Better

Vision21, Cheltenham – updates and news
Details here.

Article in Politico.eu news about Stroud
Extinction Rebellion’s hometown pushes the radical into the mainstream
– Stroud has long served as a launch pad for fringe ideas that later caught on.
Article written by Sara Stefanini, a communications adviser for the climate campaign Mission 2020 who visited Stroud in the summer.

UK Climate Assembly has reported
Guardian: UK climate assembly: tax frequent flyers and ban SUVs as part of Covid recovery – Assembly made up of members of public says economic recovery should drive move to net zero carbon emissions

BBC (also features XR response): Climate change: Tax frequent fliers and get rid of SUVs, government told

The Guardian view on acclimatising democracy: deliberation, not confusion
Reneging on international deals does not put the UK in a good position to lead global initiatives in the run-up to UN climate talks

Comment on citizens’ assemblies.

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Tue 30 June 2020, Virtual Mass Lobby of Parliament

See the main conversations of the day on the Climate Coalition facebook page.

Wednesday 1 July 2020

What a day! Yesterday we made history with the first-ever virtual lobby of Parliament. Thank you for taking yourself off mute – together we asked over 200 MPs (and counting) to champion a green and fair recovery that works for everyone #TheTimeIsNow

Thanks to your efforts over 13,000 people signed up to meet their MP over zoom and, as far as we know, over 200 MPs and counting were lobbied to push for a green and fair recovery that works for everyone. There were some incredible moments, all of which we’ve tried to capture in our wrap up video here.

Please find below a quick overview of some of the headline social stats from yesterday:
– #TheTimeIsNow was the most used hashtag yesterday by Labour, Lib Dem AND Conservative MPs- Our Twitter account was in the top 3 most mentioned accounts by UK MPs
– the hashtag had a reach of 16m – this is filtered by the # being used with the words ‘virtual lobby’ or ‘green’ or ‘mp’ or ‘climate’ so this 16M is definitely usage related to the lobby
– our mentions were ON FIRE, in the last 24hrs we were mentioned 2,000 times with a reach of 14,617,703 on Twitter and Instagram
– We trended on Twitter for most of the day and were even above Boris’ speech at one point!

We’ll now be looking ahead to make sure the pressure isn’t taken off the government. We will start promoting our Declaration for a healthy, greener, fairer tomorrow next week, encouraging people to sign via thetimeisnow.uk on our social channels with a video featuring key workers calling for a green recovery.

Announcement of the event and details:

The Time is NOW for a green and fair recovery. See: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/

On 30 June we are coming together for a virtual lobby, inviting you, and thousands of others to ask MPs to put people, climate and nature at the heart of our nation’s recovery. https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/virtual-lobby

The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit.

Using our voices to call for action is more important than ever. Have a virtual cup of tea with your MP on Tuesday 30 June and tell them that #TheTimeIsNow to put a healthy, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild from the Coronavirus crisis.

READ THE VIRTUAL LOBBY GUIDE
https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/s/Virtual-Mass-Lobby-supporter-guide.pdf

Mon 15 June 2020

The Declaration for a Healthier, Greener, Fairer tomorrow

Today the Climate Coalition, of which GlosCAN is a member, are launching a seven point action plan, outlining what Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs to do to get us on track to a healthy, green and fair recovery. The Climate Coalition has sent this plan, along with a letter, to 10 Downing Street.

More details…

Gloucestershire County Council’s Local Transport Plan – consultation of March 2020

For ongoing reference,  details about the issues in this consultation are available here. Thank you to all those who took part.

Forthcoming events:

(See our Forthcoming Events page.)

2 March 2020 – The Glasgow Action Plan and Letter to Boris Johnson

GlosCAN has joined over 60 organisations to launch the #GlasgowActionPlan, featuring the five areas Prime Minister @BorisJohnson must prioritise to get us on track to a cleaner, greener future as soon as possible. #TheTimeIsNow. Read the Glasgow Action Plan and the Letter to Boris Johnson here: theclimatecoalition.org/glasgowactionplan #COP26

14 Feb 2020 Climate Coalition – Film: Show the Love

Share this film to show that when we work together, we can make a powerful difference. How will you #ShowTheLove for a cleaner, greener future?
https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love/ 

Sun 8 March, Stroud – Help Build a Climate Cairn

Climate Cairn – EVENT POSTPONED FOR THE MOMENT, PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE

Come and help build a climate cairn,
a stone structure, a beacon of hope;
Stroud’s statement to the future regarding the climate crisis,
the extinction of species, and the loss of habitats.
Each stone represents efforts for the climate,
and our ecosystems. Bring yourself and a pebble !
Come and share actions for wildlife, climate and ecological sustainability by adding a rock or a fossil. As you add it, please tell people what you do, your plans, your thoughts.
Each stone also represents the earth under our feet, its carbon cycles and life support systems.
Each handful represents a person too, their feelings, needs and place in the world.
Please take a pebble from the cairn as a reminder, to hold in your pocket, and return with more ideas.
The climate cairn is a message, a spur to greater action, a symbol of community togetherness on this, the greatest challenge we face: the preservation of life, ourselves, and the whole web of life on the earth.

Location:
Capel’s Mill wildlife site, Dr Newton’s Way, Stroud (across the road from Waitrose). Capel’s Mill site is managed by Stroud Valleys Project and the canal regeneration scheme, and is owned by Stroud District Council.

Fri 21 February, 12.00 noon – 2.00 pm
Introductions, sharing of the principles of the cairn.
Preparation of the ground. Gloves and boots recommended.

Sun 8 March, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Introductions and sharing,
Building the first course of dry stone.
Further regular sessions: to be arranged.

Organised by climate friends, Stroud Valleys Project in partnership with Stroud District Council

News

Latest updates on Community Energy Action Group – Transition Stroud

Details from CAG’s newsletters, see
http://gloscan.org/community-energy-action-group-transition-stroud/
Including:
Free Domestic Energy Awareness Training!
Tree-planting projects
Stroud District Council – advertisement of post of Carbon Neutral Project Officer (by 2 Feb)

January 2020, Sir David Attenborough warns of climate ‘crisis moment’

We’re at a pivotal point in efforts to tackle climate change, the naturalist and broadcaster warns.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51123638

‘What is climate change? A really simple guide’ from BBC news website, Jan 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24021772

The Government and Net Zero – view video of Committee in Parliament – includes Gail Bradbrook of Extinction Rebellion

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Tuesday 18 June 2019

Includes:
Witnesses: Isabella O’Dowd, Climate and Energy Specialist, WWF, Gail Bradbrook, Extinction Rebellion, and Baroness Bryony Worthington, Environmental Defense Fund

https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/3407a5ab-315b-4660-a653-2cf33b9185f6?fbclid=IwAR3PGq0vr0VRCgLGPgoRBtst4XAuSiELDQ2LA10LY4v7HwDMzcaoLNwF63M

The carbon clock is ticking

How much time remains until the Earth’s CO2 budget is used up? Click on the 1.5 deg C button at the top of the picture above (source – Mercator Research Institute) to see the estimates for how long we have left to avoid 1.5 deg C of warming.

Greta Thunberg: ‘You did not act in time’: speech to MPs, 23 April 2019

My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations.

I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science.

Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask?

In the year 2030 I will be 26 years old. My little sister Beata will be 23. Just like many of your own children or grandchildren. That is a great age, we have been told. When you have all of your life ahead of you. But I am not so sure it will be that great for us.

Read more…

 

Read here what our Supporters say about climate change.

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.

Is your MP a Zero Hero?  See more here.

Agroecology and Climate Change – letter to David Drew MP, Nov 2018

Read our page of National and international press articles on climate change.

World ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target
– Key UN report says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/26/global-warming-climate-change-targets-un-report

Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action
Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity, say 94 signatories including Dr Alison Green and Molly Scott Cato MEP
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/26/facts-about-our-ecological-crisis-are-incontrovertible-we-must-take-action

Read our articles and letters in  local media on climate change, including article We commit to tackling climate change by Stroud MP David Drew on 20 Sep in Stroud News and Call for zero carbon county by 2030 by Fred Miller of GlosCAN in the Western Daily Press. The more who add their voices to these public debates the better!

You can help publicise GlosCAN  by downloading our GlosCAN leaflet .

Please also consider making a donation, if you can, towards the costs of hosting expenses for this website, paying for venues for meetings and printing leaflets (although these costs are very modest and kept to a minimum).

Recent events:

(See our Recent Events page.)

Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAN)

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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Quote from The Times: Public ‘unaware of enormous scale of action needed…’ 10 Nov 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.

Quoted in Autogeddon by Heathcote Williams, 1991

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

CO2 budget graphic at top of page: Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)