15 June 2020
The Declaration for a Healthier, Greener, Fairer tomorrow
Today we are launching our 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. We sent this plan, along with a letter, to 10 Downing Street on Monday 15 June.
Dear Prime Minister,
The time is now to lead the UK towards a healthy, greener, fairer future. Ahead of hosting the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow in 2021, we can build back better together if we:
· Unleash a clean energy revolution that boosts jobs across the UK, making our transport, power and housing fit for the future
· Protect, restore and expand our green and wild spaces; allowing nature to thrive, taking carbon from the air and boosting the nation’s health
· Leave no one behind by increasing support to those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change at home and abroad
The UK must lead the world by ensuring our recovery gets us on track to net-zero emissions and limits the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees C. Our best chance of building a resilient economy goes hand in hand with tackling climate change.
We are ready to play our part, and we call on you to join us.
2 March 2020
Glasgow Action Plan and PM letter
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
Show the Love film
People up and down the country are doing their bit to tackle climate change. When we work together, beautiful things are possible. Let’s build a cleaner, greener future together. How will you #ShowTheLove for the people, places and sports you want to protect from climate change?
Share this film to show that when we work together, we can make a powerful difference.
January 2020 – Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the planned March budget.
GlosCAN is a signatory to a letter from the Climate Coalition which asks for greater attention to be given to climate change measures in the Budget. The accompanying briefing lists and explains the measures.
The content in this letter re-articulates the previously agreed spending asks, and the top line asks have been taken from the joint NGO spending report, endorsed by Cambridge Econometrics. It is also calling on the Government to require the UK financial sector to ensure its plans are aligned with Paris – this ask has been included from their COP 26 briefing.
2020 – SHOW THE LOVE THIS FEBRUARY
SHOW THE LOVE BY CREATING A VOICE FOR CHANGE THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE
Every February since 2015, people from all walks of life have joined the UK’s biggest conversation about climate change.
By taking part you’re joining with hundreds of thousands of people – from musicians to football clubs, community groups to businesses, astronauts to schoolchildren, teachers and faith leaders – to show the love for everything we want to protect from the climate crisis.
Beautiful things are possible when we join together. This year let’s continue to be a voice for change that’s impossible to ignore, video https://youtu.be/7_3rnPkYCcc
The Show the Love schools pack is available here. Please share with your school’s team and promote to your school’s network.
The key element of the Show the Love digital comms this year are:
1. A groundbreaking report, highlighting the impact of climate change on our homes
2. A digital pledge action using an Instagram filter, and a quiz on our website
3. An inspiring film showing real people taking real actions
You can read more details here.
February 2020 Report: Home Truths – how climate change is impacting UK homes
The report is about the impacts climate change is having on UK homes, and the solutions at our fingertips to end our contribution to the climate crisis. Top line stats from the report include:
The number of people in the UK facing floods during the winter is more than the population of Birmingham and Manchester combined, according to a new report.
• Around 1.8 million people in the UK living in an area with significant risk of flooding
• Nearly 100,000 properties flooded in England in past 12 years
• Flooding causing more than £1 billion worth of damage a year in the UK
• More than 2,000 insurance claims from homeowners after Yorkshire floods in November 2019
Previous years’ campaigns:
Feb 2019 Report – Recipe for Disaster: How climate change is impacting British fruit and vegetables
British-grown potatoes, vegetables and fruit are at risk as growers struggle to cope with extreme and unpredictable weather, made more likely by climate change.
Apple growers lost around 25% of their harvest in 2017 due to unexpectedly late frosts. Carrot (down a reported 25-30%) and onion yields (reportedly down 40% on a normal year) were hampered in 2018 by warmer than average temperatures. Potato yields were down on average 20% in England and Wales in 2018 compared to the previous season, making it the 4th smallest harvest since 1960. For consumers, the lack of water and extreme heat of 2018 was reported to have cut more than one inch off the size of the average chip.
This report draws on research by the Priestley International Centre for Climate and says the UK can expect more frequent extreme weather events – including longer-lasting and more intense heatwaves, and a one-in-three chance of record-breaking rainfall hitting parts of England each winter.
The report, Recipe for disaster: climate change threatens British-grown fruit and veg, is being published as part of The Climate Coalition Show The Love campaign which celebrates things that we love but could lose to climate change.
Show the love campaign – February 2019
Take a challenge to reduce your personal carbon footprint:
How to effectively message net zero – Climate Outreach recommendations, Oct 2018
Please find here a link to the webinar recording.
Show the Love campaign, February 2018
See the film:
Events held during the Week of Action in October 2016 and the ‘Show the Love’ campaign in February 2017 are shown on the Recent Events page.