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December 2020

EVENTS

Climate Action Conference, Cheltenham 12 Jan 2021, Vision 21
CEE Bill (Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill) – How to lobby your MP
Crowd Justice appeal, Update on Citizens sue Government for safe Climate Target

NEWS

Climate cairn – Stroud
Stroud District CAN (Climate Action Networks) Forum meetings
Film by Stroud composer Penny Squire
Paris Agreement NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) updates
Production Gap Report 2020
Electric vehicles and lithium
From BBC Radio 4
– Dr Mark Carney on climate change
– Dr Gail Bradbrooke of Stroud, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion
– Climate comedy
– Talking about climate change

EVENTS


Climate Action Conference, Cheltenham 12 Jan 2021, Vision 21, see www.vision21.org.uk
Vision 21 is pleased to announce that in collaboration with Cheltenham Borough Council a Climate Action Conference will take place early next year. It will be in two parts, the first for Cheltenham’s businesses and the second for Cheltenham’s community organisations.
The conferences are the very first step towards the formation of CheltenhamZero – a cross-sector collaborative partnership between local government, businesses, education and community organisations from across the borough, all working to achieve a net zero carbon Cheltenham by 2030. More information from pclegg@vision21.org.uk.


The CEE Bill (Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill)
How to lobby your MP
https://www.ceebill.uk/resources
Visual campaign tools and FAQ for campaigners.

Crowd Justice appeal, Update on Citizens sue Government for safe Climate Target
Young People vs UK Gov
‘We are three young British Citizens, who are from and have families in West Africa and Abya Yala (the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America). We are working together with the Stop the Maangamizi campaign: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide! and the climate litigation charity Plan B, which brought the legal challenge against Heathrow expansion.
The Government knows this is a climate emergency, but has made no emergency plan. It keeps us locked in to the carbon economy with billions in bailouts for polluters, £27 billion for UK roads and export finance for a new liquid natural gas project in Mozambique (compared to just £4 billion new money under Boris Johnson’s 10 Point Plan). It backs the City of London as a leading international hub of fossil fuel finance . At this time of global crisis, the Government plans to cut its legally guaranteed support for the world’s most vulnerable people. . .’
FAQs

NEWS

Climate cairn – Stroud
The climate cairn in Stroud is continuing to take shape.

Stroud District CAN (Climate Action Networks) Forum meetings
Here is the website of Stroud District CAN Forum.
Minutes of meetings are available. Download the latest minutes from the Forum.
The meeting included: transport planning at GCC; electric car hire schemes; A419 Golden Valley inspiration study; NailsworthCAN transport survey.
These minutes contain good weblinks to further info. Join the Forum by e-mailing networksupport@transitionstroud.org
Next zoom meeting is 8 Feb.

Film by Stroud composer Penny Squire – new blog
Read Penny Squire’s blog about the story behind the creation of the music and film.

Paris Agreement NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) updates
Worth looking out for a summary of how things will look in comparison to projections based on existing NDCs.
The UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2020 published this month, with video, reflects existing NDCs.

Production Gap Report 2020 – ‘World’s governments must wind down fossil fuel production by 6% per year to limit catastrophic warming’
Report recently issued. See also executive summary.
‘Last year, the first Production Gap Report sounded the alarm on the disconnect between countries’ energy plans and climate commitments.
This year’s special issue of the Report finds that the COVID-19 recovery marks a potential turning point, where countries must change course to avoid locking in levels of coal, oil, and gas production far higher than consistent with a 1.5°C limit.’
See the key graphic below, or download it from GlosCAN.

 

Electric vehicles and lithium
‘The curse of “white oil”: electric vehicles’ dirty secret – The race is on to find a steady source of lithium, a key component in rechargeable electric car batteries. But while the EU focuses on emissions, the lithium gold rush threatens environmental damage on an industrial scale’.
‘. . . A more immediate solution would be to rethink how we get around. As Thea Riofrancos at Providence College pointed out, if everyone were to adopt “rational forms of transport” – such as trains, trams, e-buses, cycling and car-sharing – then demand for passenger vehicles of all kinds would shrink overnight. . .’

From BBC Radio 4 in December
– Reith lectures: lecture 4: ‘From climate crisis to real prosperity’ (includes contribution from Dr Gail Bradbrooke of Extinction Rebellion). Dr Mark Carney turns his attention to climate change and the link to a crisis in values.
On Woman’s Hour:
Gail Bradbrooke of Stroud, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, 8 Dec, min. 1.
Climate comedy with environmental filmmaker Franny Armstrong, 17 Dec, min. 27.
Talking about climate change, 15 Dec, min. 31.
– From 14 Jan 2020, but available for over a year, Word of Mouth: Communicating Climate Change – Michael Rosen talks to George Marshall about how best to communicate climate change.

 

 

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.

 

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