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Welcome to GlosCAN.org, the website of Gloucestershire Climate Action Network. You can follow us on Twitter: @GlosCAN

 

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)