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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.

 

 

GlosCAN Newsletter
14 July 2020

CONTENTS

A word from the Steering Group Chair

Events

July – dates t.b.c.– Climate Cairn, Stroud
Join a local climate action network – CANs in the Stroud area

News

Meeting with Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie
COP26 Glasgow Action Plan – letter to Boris Johnson, Climate Coalition, March
Virtual lobby of Parliament – the Climate Coalition, Tue 30 June
Ecocide and pandemics
Making the case for a supply-side fossil fuels treaty
Local zero waste successes
The Big Climate Teach-in
Zero Carbon Britain
350.org
XR
National press news on climate
– What MPs really think about climate
– Letters in response to article about MPs and climate change
– Other press news items
Video about training/lobbying

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A word from the Steering Group Chair

I’m very grateful to our Secretary Vaughan Webber for re-starting these newsletter emails as we come out of lock-down. As you can see, despite Covid-19, there has been a lot going on. Future editions will probably not be quite so extensive!

I hope you find the newsletter emails useful and that you will encourage others to ask to receive them. It’s not necessary to formally sign up as a GlosCAN Supporter to be put on the mailing list; just email Vaughan at info@GlosCAN.org.

Please email any feedback on these newsletters to info@GlosCAN.org.

And don’t forget, GlosCAN is a network that’s there to connect people to take actions they might not do on their own.

Hugh Richards

Events

Climate Cairn, Stroud
The climate cairn is set to resume building work
with suitable precautions, 2 m spacing and just six people at a time!
This project will build a physical feature in the landscape,
which will be a message of hope and a call to action for the future of our biosphere.

Location: Capel’s Mill wildlife site, Dr Newton’s Way, Stroud.
Further details to be announced. Please contact info@gloscan.org.

Join a local Climate Action Network – CANs in the Stroud area
Chalford Climate Action Network
Nailsworth Climate Action Network
Stonehouse Town Council, Climate Change Action Forum
Wotton Area Climate Action Network, and also on Facebook

If you would like to be linked up to an existing group, or are interested in a conversation about the possibility of setting up a local climate action group in your area, Transition Stroud might be able to help so please contact Noel at networksupport@transitionstroud.org.
Read more at transitionstroud.org/climate-emergency
and transitionstroud.org/action-group-on-community-energy/
and gloscan.org/local-climate-action-networks

News

Meeting with Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie
A newly formed Stroud Green Christian group organised a meeting about climate change between Siobhan Baillie MP and local Christians on 13 March, not long before lock-down started. Hugh Richards, Chair of GlosCAN, was one of those present. He says he found the new MP to seem receptive to the varied representations being made by those present, and sent a follow-up letter (pdf) to add to the growing calls to ‘build back better/greener’ after the Covid-19 crisis.

COP26 Glasgow Action Plan – letter to Boris Johnson, Climate Coalition, March
GlosCAN 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 #COP26.

 

Virtual lobby of Parliament – the Climate Coalition, Tue 30 June
Tue 30 June 2020, Virtual Mass Lobby of Parliament
See and listen to the main conversations of the day on the Climate Coalition facebook page

‘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 thetimeisnow.uk

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.’

Making the case for Ecocide Law amidst the pandemic
View the short video.

Making the case for a supply-side fossil fuels treaty
Hugh Richards, Chair of GlosCAN, has written to the Climate Coalition (pdf) asking them to advocate that, while holding the Presidency of COP26, the UK should initiate the negotiation of a supply-side climate treaty to control the global extraction of fossil fuels, as advocated by Norwegian economists and possibly along the lines of a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.

Local zero waste successes
Three Zero Waste stories in the national press in May – two of them from Gloucestershire (Stroud, Tewkesbury), including GlosCAN Supporter Cate Cody

The Big Climate Teach-in
This event took place on 4th July, but you can still view a recording of it on YouTube.
Possibly the biggest climate education conference ever, with educators and students from over 50 countries sharing skills about how to boost climate education.

Zero Carbon Britain
Webinars and online events available.

350.org
Stop fossil fuels campaign.

XR
July UK newsletter 16 ‘The Rebellion Returns 1 September’

National press news and opinion on the climate crisis

– What MPs really think about climate
‘I don’t want to be seen as a zealot’: what MPs really think about the climate crisis  In return for anonymity, MPs agreed to speak candidly about climate change. The difference between what they say in private and in public is striking – and shows us how we can make climate action central to post-pandemic politics. By Rebecca Willis
Rebecca Willis is a researcher in environment and sustainability policy and practice, an expert lead for Climate Assembly UK, and the author of Too Hot to Handle?: The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change (2020, Bristol University Press)

– Letters in response to the above article about MPs and climate change – Headline ‘Moving climate up the global political agenda’ – including letter from Hugh Richards, Chair of GlosCAN

Other news items, see GlosCAN press web page
BBC’s energy briefing (December) —- Will the coronavirus save us from climate change? —- Green new deal? —- Top 10 tips for reducing carbon footprint, BBC, a report of May 2020 —- Road to net zero: what the Committee on Climate Change recommends —- How to solve UK transport problem in the time of coronavirus —- Climate worst-case scenarios may not go far enough, cloud data shows —- UK’s net zero pledge – what has been achieved one year on?

Video about training/lobbying
Climate Advocate Training from Citizens’ Climate Lobby in the US.

Gloucestershire Climate Action Network
Web: www.GlosCAN.org
E-mail: info@gloscan.org
Twitter: @GlosCAN

GlosCAN Newsletter

8 February 2020

CONTENTS

Events
Thu 13 Feb 2020, Stroud – GlosCAN event – “UN climate negotiations: From Madrid 2019 to Glasgow 2020”
Show the Love this February – from the Climate Coalition
Build a climate cairn – Stroud, 21 Feb
News
Stroud – local low-carbon initiatives springing up
Form a climate trade union?
News from the Climate Coalition – Home Truths Report on flooding – report
Climate Coalition letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the planned March budget
Daily Mail article on flying
BBC: What is climate change? A really simple guide
Job vacancy – driver – sustainability charity

Events

Thu 13 Feb 2020, Stroud – GlosCAN event – “UN climate negotiations: From Madrid 2019 to Glasgow 2020”

You are invited to come to an interactive talk and discussion led by Skeena Rathor, entitled “UN climate negotiations: From Madrid 2019 to Glasgow 2020

Details:  Thursday 13 Feb 2020, 7.30 p.m. at Stroud Congregational Church Hall, Bedford St, Stroud GL5 1AY, next to the Subscription Rooms in the centre of Stroud. If parking, please use public parking nearby – see details and map.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission free, but donations welcome.  Expected finish at 9.30 p.m.
All welcome.  Please publicise through your own networks. Details are also at GlosCAN.org.
This will be an informal event where everyone should have a chance to contribute.
If you would like to make a two-minute ‘pitch’ of your own, please contact info@gloscan.org.  Please note that we are not planning to have projection facilities.

Background:  Skeena attended the ‘COP25’ UN climate conference in Madrid in December 2019, and had personal meetings with major participants.  She will talk about her experiences and the inadequacies of the present process, and lead a discussion on what campaigners could do ahead of the crucial ‘COP26’ conference in Glasgow.  2020 is the year that the 2015 Paris Agreement will formally come into effect, and has been widely portrayed as a critical point.  As Sir David Attenborough recently put it in a BBC interview, “The moment of crisis has come”.

 

Show the Love this February – from the Climate Coalition

Show the Love by creating a voice for change that is impossible to ignore

Please help to spread the message by using resources below

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

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

Schools update 

The Show the Love schools pack is available here. Please share with your school’s team and promote to your school’s network.

Digital update

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.

 

 
Build a climate cairn – Stroud, 21 February
 
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.
 
Fri 21 February, 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m. Capels Mill wildlife site, Dr Newton’s Way, Stroud. Second session: Sun 8 March 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ; further regular sessions: to be arranged.
 
 
 
News

Stroud – local low-carbon initiatives springing up

Low carbon initiatives are springing up everywhere! Is there one near you? Click on the map at ‘Carbon Neutral 2030 – Connecting low carbon initiatives across Stroud District’: https://carbonneutralmap.org.uk/. To learn more or get in touch, see the Stroud Community Energy Action Group newsletter at http://gloscan.org/community-energy-action-group-transition-stroud/
 
 
Form a climate trade union?

How can protest expand without alienating support?

One idea is establishing a dedicated climate trade union. Trade unions  are a traditional format of civil disobedience but one which workers, companies and government respect, so workers can protest without fear of losing their jobs.

If anyone would be interested in becoming part of a core group to try to set up this Union with the government’s “certification officer” as an officially “listed” trade union, then please email Adi on stroudepc@gmail.com.

Read more details in Adi’s GlosCAN blog here.

 

News from the Climate Coalition: Home Truths Report on flooding

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

We would love for you to join in the conversation, and help us #ShowTheLove by sharing content from the report. Please see the social media pack here, and social sharegraphics to download here.

https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/home-truths-report

Climate Coalition letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the planned March budget

GlosCAN is one of the organisations signing a letter from the Climate Coalition which asks for much greater attention to be given to climate change measures in the Budget. The accompanying briefing 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, which is 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.

Daily Mail article on flying

New Daily Mail writer John Humphrys – ‘I have given up air travel…In 2018 one in 12 of all international travellers was British. And we do it regardless of the damage to the planet and to our children’s future…… This is for real. Which is why David Attenborough says the planet is heading for disaster… air travel makes a massive contribution to climate change… [My friend] said they’ll be offsetting the C02 they’ll be spewing out with a tree planting scheme. He’s a well-meaning chap but I’m afraid that, like so many others, he’s been horribly misled. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7901205/Why-Im-planning-NOT-use-new-passport-think-says-JO

See other articles at GlosCAN’s press page http://gloscan.org/national-and-international-press-articles-on-climate-change/

BBC: What is climate change? A really simple guide

Read the simple guide here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24021772

Job vacancy – driver – sustainability charity
Charity seeks part-time van-driver to work with volunteers at Reclaim furniture re-use scheme, Cheltenham – www.visionw21.org.uk, office@vision21.org.uk, 01242 224321
 
With kind regards,
Gloucestershire Climate Action Network
Web: www.GlosCAN.org
E-mail: info@gloscan.org
Twitter: @GlosCAN      Gloucestershire
Climate Action Network

 

 

GlosCAN Newsletter

24 December 2019

Job Vacancy – climate action – Transition Stroud

Transition Stroud – Climate Action Group Network Support Post

This is an important post in developing Stroud District Community’s response to climate change – and to achieving the 2030 carbon neutral target for the district.

Transition Stroud has secured funding for a self-employed, part-time, network support worker. The funding is £16,900 funding for a two year period (working an average of 2 days per week, at £12/hr).

TS has agreed that a programme of activities to encourage, enable and support local climate action groups across the District is a high priority. The Network Support Worker will play a key role in our work to enable groups to be set up, and to build and support an effective network. The main tasks will focus on administration, organisation of meetings and events, communications and relationship building, and input to programme development.

A copy of the job description is available here. To apply please send Fred (fbarker@gn.apc.org): your CV; a covering e-mail explaining why you want the job and are a strong candidate; and contact details for 2 referees. Contact Fred if you’d like an informal chat about the post. The deadline for applications is the 12th January. Interviews will be held during the week beginning 27th January.

https://www.transitionstroud.org/transition2014/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/CAG-Support-Worker-Job-description-18-November.pdf

 

General News

 

Transition Stroud – Action Group on Community Energy – Updates and reminders

Dear CAG Forum contacts,

Here are some updates and reminders as the holiday season approaches:

·         Transition Stroud has submitted the ‘initial ideas’ bid to the National Lottery Climate Action Fund on behalf of our initial partnership group (linked to from here).  This follows discussion at the last Forum meeting and a process of feedback, review and revision of an initial draft.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in comments.  We will hear by 22 January whether we will be invited to develop more detailed proposals.

·         Gloucestershire County Council has published its proposed climate change strategy with a covering report for its Cabinet meeting on 20th Dec.  This is available here, item 8, p159-250.  Amongst other things it includes recommendations to establish a £1m ‘Action Fund’ to “develop and incentivise the adoption of low carbon initiatives and improved resilience to climate change”.

·         The deadline for applications for the part-time freelance post of CAG Network Support Worker is 12 January.  Please see the advert (linked to from here) and promote in your networks as appropriate.

·         The Map Jam for entering details of your local carbon projects into the new District-wide mapping website is 18 January.  Venue, timing and registration details are here and a flyer is linked to from here.  Note that you don’t have to bring a laptop (but it would be useful to bring one if you want to contribute a lot), and that the website will be live from the start of the Map Jam event until the end of January (after that the site will be off-line for a short period for review).

·         Finally, the next meeting of the Forum will be on 2 March.  Further details in the New Year.

Best wishes,

Fred Barker, Transition Stroud

Convenor, Local CAG Forum

07803 905 430

 

Greening Tetbury

Election candidates’ climate debate of 5th December- video

From the organisers at Greening Tetbury:
‘We feel it was a successful, thought-provoking debate, in which the candidates demonstrated a real commitment to solving the climate crisis and a reassuring sense of cross-party camaraderie on the subject.
 
The event was filmed and has been posted on the Greening Tetbury website. Please follow this link to watch: https://www.greeningtetbury.org/post/video-of-the-tetbury-climate-emergency-debate-5-12-19…
 

… Although hopefully serving to help voters decide which candidate to support, we hope this debate prompts wider discussion that will continue long after the election and that the candidates and community that engaged in it can work together towards a better future.  Please use the website to make comments and ask further questions.

 
If you’d like to get more involved with Greening Tetbury, would like to work with the group or have any ideas for projects, please contact us at: greeningtetbury@gmail.com

 

How to have Conversations on Climate Change – second video of webinar, from Climate Outreach.org

View on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyltf0YE_C0

The first video (from Climate Outreach), in the summer, was here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uznW6vQ1vsE&feature=youtu.be

 

Music – Walking with Nature
15 minutes of music with film showing ways we can help avert climate catastrophe
by Gloucestershire composer Penny Squire – https://pennysquire.com/

 

Good Green Gloucestershire story
Saint John’s C of E Primary School, Cheltenham – local school children celebrate huge recycling success
Saint John’s Church of England Primary School children have saved nearly 10,000 crisp packets from landfill this year by recycling them with Terracycle. See http://gloscan.org/recent-events/
 
 

LINGO or Leave-it-in-the-Ground

Further to our blog of the summer ‘A ‘LINGO Treaty’ to control legitimately burnable fossil fuels at source?’, the LINGO website (Leave-it-in-the-Ground) is at http://leave-it-in-the-ground.org/why-lingo-2/

Wishing you a Happy Christmas,

With kind regards,
Gloucestershire Climate Action Network
Web: www.GlosCAN.org
E-mail: info@gloscan.org
Twitter: @GlosCAN      Gloucestershire
Climate Action Network