Forthcoming events

Climate Change Cafe, at Black Book Cafe, Stroud, every Thursday, 5 till 7

The Politics Kitchen has started a new initiative for having conversations about climate change and climate emergency, every Thursday in the Black Book cafe , Nelson St, Stroud GL5 2HL, from 5 till 7 (we’ve booked the cafe for these weekly conversations).


Climate Emergency Vigil, Wallbridge/Rowcroft, Stroud –

The Vigil is taking a break for the time being. Further details of other kinds of events and actions will follow in due course.




15 April, XR International Rebellion

From Extinction Rebellion (XR):

‘That’s right, the moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost upon us. In less than a week’s time the International Rebellion will begin and thousands of us will be descending on our cities to shut down the streets and demand our governments take immediate action to address the climate catastrophe we all face.

Starting at 11am on Monday 15th April, we will meet at Parliament Square in London before holding five of London’s busiest, municipal areas and bringing the city to a standstill. We will hold a full-scale festival of collective action and creative resistance with people’s assemblies, art actions, stage performances, talks, workshops, food and family spaces.

There is so much going on and we want to make sure you’re all prepared for the week(s) ahead. So check out our comprehensive guide packed with useful information including a map, a timeline, and a legal overview.’


Until Fri 19 April, Extinction Rebellion, Mass MP Letter Writing Campaign

Message from XR:

‘It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Now it is time to wield that particular weapon.

We are calling for a massed letter writing campaign to flood MP’s with our concerns about the climate crisis.

Take up your pens and ask your MP to sign the Caroline Lucas led Early Day Motion #2177 to declare a climate emergency. Demand they accept the need to have the people take the lead on addressing the ecological crisis by supporting the widening call for a citizens’ assembly for the climate emergency.

You can find your local MP here and more details about the campaign here.’


20 April – a Community EV/PV Open Day in Monmouth

Transition Stroud Community Energy Action Group.

Contact Fred Barker, Convenor, Transition Stroud Community Energy Action Group, 07803 905 430


Mon 29 April, Stroud, Community Energy Action Group (Transition Stroud)

The date for the next meeting of the Community Energy Action Group is Monday 29th April, 19.30-21.30. The meeting will be in the Imperial Hotel, Stroud, next to the railway station.

In the meantime, here’s a link to the response of Community Energy England and others to the Government consultation on the proposed Smart Export Guarantee.

A couple of important updates following on from the discussion at the last community energy action group about ways to help lay the groundwork for achieving the Stroud Carbon Neutral 2030 commitment.

The first is that Transition Stroud is organising a workshop on ‘Setting up a local climate action group’. This will take place on Sunday, 28 April 2019, 13:30 – 16:30, at St Laurence Church Hall, The Shambles, Stroud, GL5 1AP. The workshop is designed for individuals interested in setting up a ‘climate action’ group in their local community. The workshop will: provide information about local experiences and good practice in setting up groups; and enable discussion, sharing and learning about early steps. If you are interested, please register here. If you know others who might be interested please share.

The second is to draw your attention to a short note on the status of neighbourhood planning across the Stroud District. This identifies where there might be early prospects for positive plan development from a SCN2030 perspective, and suggests a focus for a future strategy. Please give the note a quick read and provide any feedback on the observations and suggestions. We will review next steps on neighbourhood planning at the meeting of the action group on 29 April.

Fred Barker


TS Community Energy Action Group

07803 905 430


Sun 5 May, Stroud – Learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from Joe St Clair

Time: 7-8.30pm, 45-minute talk and 30-minute questions and discussion
Date: Sunday 5th May
Venue: Lansdown Hall
Cost: £4, raising money to support The World Sustainability Forum

Organised by Transition Stroud.

Refreshments available.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear about and deepen your understanding of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a local, world-renowned expert.

Joe St Clair is the Director of the World Sustainability Development Forum UK, working to meet the targets of the SDGs and Paris Agreement. Joe works globally, researching, writing and speaking about climate change and world sustainability.

Joe will be providing information around SDG’s, gathered from his work, research and connections with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Come and join us for a chance to understand SDG’s, hear how they impact our local community and an opportunity to ask questions and participate in a discussion after the talk.

After the talk, any Transition Stroud members who would like to carry on with further discussion or just take the opportunity to meet up, should head for The Greyhound – also on Lansdown.


Tue 21 May, Gloucester, Gloucestershire Climate Change Summit

by GFirst LEP and Gloucestershire County Council

Free, 09:30 – 16:00.

More details and register

The Growth Hub, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens, GL2 9HW


Our ambition is to achieve a carbon neutral county by 2050. We want to look at how we can all contribute to the delivery of the most sustainable development and shape communities accordingly, helping to deliver the ambitions of the Gloucestershire Energy Strategy and contribute to updating the County Council’s Climate Change Strategy. The event is jointly hosted by Gfirst LEP and Gloucestershire County Council.’


Wed 26 June, London. Mass lobby for climate and environment

The Climate Coalition – details.

‘This Summer, the Government will decide whether to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by committing to a net zero emissions target. They will also have the chance to end nature’s decline by committing to a strong Environment Bill. Now is the time to push for bold action.
On June 26th, thousands of us from every corner of Britain will take our message straight to Parliament in what we hope will be the largest mass lobby for climate and the environment the UK has ever seen.’