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GlosCAN Newsletter

July 2021

Contents – Events and News

Supporting the CEE Bill – Friday 23 July, 3 p.m.

Jonathon Porritt – ‘Hope in Hell’ – Zoom meeting Tuesday 20 July 6 p.m.

Camino to Cop – pilgrimage, September

Tewkesbury Friends of the Earth ‘Green Event’ on Saturday 18th September

‘But Beautiful’ – Film showing at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury – Tuesday 24th August, 7.30pm

 

Supporting the CEE Bill

Friday 23 July, 3 p.m. Stroud

Many thanks to all those GlosCAN Supporters who have been contacting their MPs in support of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill – the ‘Climate and Ecology Bill’. Your efforts do make a difference!

CEE Bill. Come and visit our tea-table in King Street Stroud at 3 p.m. where we are supporting the CEE Bill if you live in Stroud constituency.

If you are in another Gloucestershire constituency, please look for any updates at http://gloscan.org/cee-bill/

If you would like to get involved, please contact info@gloscan.org

 

Jonathon Porritt – ‘Hope in Hell’

You are invited to hear Jonathon Porritt talk about his latest book “Hope in Hell” which confronts today’s climate emergency. There will be time for your questions too.

Tuesday 20th July, 7pm (by zoom) Tickets by donation from £1

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jonathon-porritt-hope-in-hell-tickets-161197499059?keep_tld=1

We are delighted to welcome Jonathon Porritt, Sustainability campaigner and writer.

Jonathon is one of the most well-known and longstanding contributors to the environmental movement and is a founding member of Forum for the Future which launched in 1996. The forum works globally with business and government to create a future which is sustainable.

Jonathon writes, “I’ve been in that world for a very long time (having joined the Green Party in 1974), but I genuinely can’t recall ever feeling the same intense combination of despair and hope.”

‘Hope in Hell’ confronts today’s Climate Emergency and is the title of his latest book which he says was the hardest to write because we have left everything too late. Turn your despair into hope as Jonathon inspires us to make the positive changes we all need.

Suggested donation £1 but please give more if you are able.

‘Camino to COP’ pilgrimage from Bristol to COP26 passing through Gloucestershire in September

In early September, a small group (between 10 and 20) of ‘Camino to COP’ pilgrims on the ‘Western Camino’ route to COP26 in Glasgow will be passing through Gloucestershire, with stop-overs in Frampton Cotterell (9th September) Wotton-under-Edge (10th), Stroud (11th & 12th), Gloucester (13th) and Tewkesbury (14th).  They will be starting at Bristol on 9th September and joining on the 20th at Birmingham with the main ‘Camino’ that starts in London on 5th September (https://caminotocop.com/) and will arrive in Glasgow on 29th October, two days before COP26 opens on 31st October.   

This pilgrimage is described by the organisers as “a walk for everyone, although initiated by Extinction Rebellion UK Faith Bridge” – i.e. it is intended to be inter-faith and open to people of no faith.  Christian Climate Action are involved in organising the ‘Western Camino’. 

The organisers’ website states: “The purpose of the walk is to build alliances and engage communities along the route –  faith communities and other local communities – and to spread the word about the urgency of the need for meaningful action to address the global climate and ecological emergency. This is an opportunity for connection and outreach and is expressly not a physically disruptive or civilly disobedient action. Those involved are asked to sign up to this principle.” 

The Stroud stop-over (arriving 11th September, leaving 13th) will be longer than the others, providing the pilgrims with a rest day from walking.  At the time of writing (18th July), a programme of events over that weekend is being planned by members of Stroud Green Christian Group and allies.  Potential opportunities for local involvement and help include:

  • opportunities to walk with the pilgrims from Wotton-under-Edge to Stroud on 11th September (12 miles) and from Stroud to Gloucester (11 miles) on 13th September;
  • offers of overnight accommodation for individual pilgrims on 11th and/or 12th September; and
  • offers of practical assistance with events, including publicity, catering & stewarding.

Please send any expressions of interest in getting involved with the Stroud stop-over to info@gloscan.org, who will forward to the relevant organisers.

We hope to have further information about the other stop-overs in Gloucestershire in next month’s newsletter.

   

 

   

Distance

 

9th Sept

Thur

1

Bristol

Frampton Cotterell

9.3

 

10th Sept

Fri

2

Frampton Cotterell

Wooton Under Edge

10

 

11th Set

Sat

3

Wotton Under Edge

Stroud

12

 

12th Sept

Sun

4

REST

REST

   

13th Sept

Mon

5

Stroud

Gloucester

11

 

14th Sept

Tues

6

Gloucester

Tewkesbury

10

 

15th Sept

wed

7

Tewkesbury

Upton on Severn

7

 

16th Sept

Thurs

8

Upton on Severn

Worcester

8

 

17th Sept

Fri

9

Worcester

Stourport

12

 

18th Sept

Sat

10

Stourport

Stourbridge

11

 

19th Sept

Sun

11

REST

REST

12

 

20th Sept

Mon

13

Stourbridge

Birmingham

9

 

 

But Beautiful – Film showing at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury – Tuesday 24th August, 7.30pm

Filmmaker Ewin Wagenhofer takes us on a journey around the world to celebrate some remarkable people who dare to live differently, all sharing the common goal of a sustainable world. We meet permaculture visionaries, illiterate women building solar panels to bring clean electricity to rural villages, an Austrian forester building wooden houses that require no heating, musicians musing on the actual sound of beauty and a grinning Dali Lama with some wise words of hope for humanity. An inspiring film revealing beauty and the freedom to be happy through connectedness in nature, society and music.

The film will be followed by an open discussion https://www.rosestheatre.org/events/entry/but-beautiful#.YPHs6ZNKgUE

Tewkesbury Friends of the Earth  ‘Green Event’ on Saturday 18th September, Tewkesbury Methodist Church.  Lots of stalls, information and speakers.  From 10am.

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Links to other organisations in Gloucestershire http://gloscan.org/links/

Previous GlosCAN newsletters (searchable) on-line at http://gloscan.org/newsletters/

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GlosCAN Newsletter

June 2021
 

Contents – Events and News

Supporting the CEE Bill – a “GlosCAN CEE Bill Advocacy Group”, meeting Fri 25 June

Fossil-Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty – ‘Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy’

The Climate Coalition – Great Big Green Week, September

Climate Outreach.org – climate assemblies

New musical composition by Penny Squire: ‘This Beautiful Planet’

Proposed new solar farm and battery storage facility

 

Supporting the CEE Bill – a “GlosCAN CEE Bill Advocacy Group”

 

A “GlosCAN CEE Bill Advocacy Group” (working title) is being formed to support people in Gloucestershire to advocate for the ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill’ (‘CEE Bill’; formally titled the Climate and Ecology Bill), especially by engaging in a non-partisan and constructive way with local MPs.  Two formation meetings (involving nine people in all) have already taken place by Zoom, and the next is to be on Friday 25th June, 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to attend the next meeting or otherwise get involved, please contact info@gloscan.org

The size, form and purposes of the group are still being worked out, and they may well continue to evolve.  Potential purposes range from supporting and sharing experience between individuals who are engaging with their MPs, local councillors, academics or other public figures, to perhaps planning more structured campaigns and events, especially in the lead-up to COP26.  If you are not familiar with the aims of the CEE Bill, there are extensive resources on the CEE Bill Alliance website, for example a 2-minute explainer video and Caroline Lucas MP sharing tips on engaging with MPs.

Please pass on the above details to others by sharing this link http://gloscan.org/invitation-to-join-gloscan-cee-bill-advocacy-group/

We have had the following encouragement from Jonathon Porritt: ‘It’s so important that we keep on building the pressure for a Net Zero economy – which will need to be secured long before the current target date of 2050. And that means building support locally all over the country . . . I hope everybody in Gloucestershire will be able to lend their support to this critically important initiative.’

 

Fossil-Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty – ‘Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy – an orderly wind down of coal, oil and gas to meet the Paris Agreement’.

A new report, 10 June,  finds the world has more than enough renewable energy potential to replace fossil fuels and meet 1.5ºC target – #FossilFuelExit.

GlosCAN has endorsed the Fossil-Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and it is open to any organisation or individual to do so. This is a global initiative to phase out fossil fuels and support a just transition.

 

The Climate Coalition – Great Big Green Week, September

TCC have launched MP action to help supporters contact their local representative and call for both a meeting as part of the Great Big Green Week, 18-26 September, as well as asking them to act now in Parliament. (Social media pack here.)

Also Hope for the Future have organised a number of training sessions taking place in July – more information here. This online workshop will give you the skills and techniques to successfully build partnerships with your MP on climate change. Based on over 6 years of research and first-hand experience.

 

ClimateOutreach.org

Climate Outreach reports on a new network to share best practice on design & implementation of climate assemblies. The report is quite specialised, but contains more insights into ways of talking about climate change.

 

New musical composition This Beautiful Planet

A new composition This Beautiful Planet15 minutes of music with film showing that we live on a beautiful planet with a rich diversity of life. Music by Penny Squire. The string quartet is played by professional musicians. Penny is a GlosCAN supporter from Stroud. See her latest blog, with link to the music and film.

 

Proposed new solar farm and battery storage facility

GlosCAN has received an email communication on behalf of JBM Solar  about a proposed new solar farm and battery storage facility in Moreton Valence and Whitminster, reproduced in edited form below.

If you would like to take up the offer of engagement, please could you send a brief e-mail to info@gloscan.org with the subject line ‘JBM Solar’?  Given sufficient responses, we would convene a meeting to work out how best to respond.

JBM Solar: Proposals for Moreton Valance and Whitminster

I am writing to you on behalf of JBM Solar, which submitted a planning application for a new solar farm and battery storage facility in Moreton Valence and Whitminster earlier this year.

JBM Solar has a proven track record of developing solar farms across the UK and Ireland and is seeking to develop a 49.9MW solar farm and a 49.9MW battery storage facility across the two sites. If approved, the plans would provide sufficient renewable energy to power approximately 15,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes a year. The proposals would also deliver an on-site biodiversity net gain of 18.5%.

Further details of the application can be found on Stroud District Council’s (SDC) planning portal using the reference: 21/0465/FUL.

Following the submission of the application, JBM Solar’s team is continuing to work closely with officers, consultees and the local community as the application progresses through the determination process.

The project team is also committed to engaging with local stakeholders to better understand their views and, as such, would be keen to meet with representatives of GlosCAN to get its thoughts on the current plans.

If you would be interested in a meeting with the team or have any initial questions at this stage, please get in touch.

Yours sincerely,

…….
(For and on behalf of JBM Solar)

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Links to other organisations in Gloucestershire http://gloscan.org/links/
Previous GlosCAN newsletters (searchable) on-line at http://gloscan.org/newsletters/
If you have enjoyed reading this newsletter, please pass it on. If you would like to subscribe, please sign up as a Supporter of GlosCAN at http://gloscan.org/supporters/

 

GlosCAN Newsletter May 2021
 

Contents – Events and News

GlosCAN endorses Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
CEE Bill campaign guide
Hope for the Future – effective MP engagement
Climate Outreach – new lessons for building climate change engagement
Stroud District CAN Forum – 14 June, nature-based approaches
Nailsworth Climate Action Network NCAN – stall Saturday 22 May
Tewkesbury Friends of the Earth 22 June
Stroud District Council Climate Emergency – masterplan
The Campaign for Better Transport – new campaign

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GlosCAN endorses Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

 

Just as 50 years ago the world needed a treaty to defuse the threats posed by nuclear weapons, today we need a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty #FossilFuelTreaty.
GlosCAN has endorsed this initiative. An individual may also endorse it.
See GlosCAN blog “A ‘polluter pays’ treaty to control global fossil carbon extraction – a big idea for COP26 to get talking about now”

CEE Bill


 Read the Climate and Ecological Emergency Campaign Guide.
 Can I really make a difference? Find out how you can join the campaign.

Hope for the Future
Your pathway to effective MP engagement webinar – training on effective political engagement around climate change.
The Big Climate Teach-in for MPs. A webinar with lively short presentations on different aspects of climate. Surprising facts for all, not just MPs.

Climate Outreach
After the lockdown? New lessons for building climate change engagement in the UK – report and webinar recording.
This guide provides insights into the climate narratives that unite us and the narratives that divide us when talking about climate change in the context of Covid-19. The survey applied the Britain Talks Climate model to segment respondents into one of seven groups, in order to understand how to maximise the effectiveness of climate engagement strategies and which messages have appeal across the UK population.
8 Recommendations:
1 Talk about climate change as a sign of a world out of balance.
2 Root discussions of climate policy in the economic circumstances and everyday concerns of people’s lives.
3 Stress the need for both individual and government action.
4 Use communal language, and speak in terms of ‘we’ in order to build a sense of collective agency with regard to addressing climate change.
5 Provide information about the actions people can take to reduce their contribution to climate change.
6 Stress the co-benefits of climate action, such as a clean and healthy environment and a restoration of the natural world.
7 Where possible, get to know the values of your audience and speak directly to those values, as some messaging is deeply divisive.
8 Use COP26 as an opportunity to demonstrate UK leadership on climate change as part of global efforts to protect our common future.

Stroud District CAN Forum
The next online meeting of the district-wide CAN Forum is on Monday 14 June, 1900-2100 – nature-based approaches to climate resilience, and discussing how to increase the number and scale of local projects. To that end, it would be great if your group could complete this short survey about local tree planting and rural Sustainable Drainage projects. More . . .

Nailsworth Climate Action Network NCAN – Saturday 22 May
NCAN are having a stall at the Farmer’s Market.

Tewkesbury Friends of the Earth
Next meeting 22 June, venue in Tewkesbury to be confirmed. Contact Steve Goodchild mannscourt@orpheusmail.co.uk

Stroud District Council Climate Emergency
The final Masterplan from the Council is now available: ‘Stroud District Council, the 2030 Strategy Limiting, Adapting, Recovering and Responding in a Changing Climate’.

The Campaign for Better Transport
A quarter of households in England do not have access to a car, so for many people public transport is key to living a full life, and without that key lockdown won’t fully end. Campaign details.

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GlosCAN Newsletter April 2021

Contents

Events

A Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty – can you help?

Help the CEE Bill

CEE Bill and Twitter

Stroud Climate Cairn

Earth Day 2021

The Climate Coalition – Great Big Green Week in September

Stroud District CAN Forum

Our future planet: global greenhouse gas removal

News

New Radio 4 series – programme on the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle

Global climate leaders criticise the UK ahead of COP26 (Guardian article)

Climate Outreach guidance

‘Climate cairn in Stroud highlights crisis’ – Stroud News and Journal

Community Energy England survey

Events

A Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty to control global fossil carbon extraction – can you help?

A new blog-post, and a potential new campaigning focus – Hugh Richards has written a new blog-post

“A ‘polluter pays’ treaty to control global fossil carbon extraction – a big idea for COP26 to get talking about now”,

prompted by, among other things, some interesting cross-party support in the COP26 debate in Parliament on 10 March.

The blog-post includes the thought that GlosCAN Supporters may wish to propose that GlosCAN should join Mary Robinson, 350.org and other climate leaders and organisations in endorsing a specific set of proposals called the “Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty” and/or encourage our elected representatives to endorse it.

If you support this suggestion, please contact info@gloscan.org.

 

Help the CEE Bill

Local election candidates across England are canvassing for support, making it a great time to ask them a direct question..

..will they pledge to support the CEE Bill?

. . . Local authorities, devolved governments and mayors can all play a critical role in placing pressure on Westminster. . .

The opportunity is huge … So how can you help? We’ve put together this action plan to help you get candidates on board. All they need to do is sign our pledge, committing to supporting the CEE Bill should they be elected. Simple!

CEE Bill and Twitter

CEE Bill banner in Tewkesbury

It’s not too late to get involved. If you have a Twitter account, search #CEEbill to find the brilliant banner pictures and videos uploaded by campaigners.

Find your favourite and retweet it to your local MP asking if they will back the #CEEbill. Check here first to see if your MP already backs the Bill. If they don’t, find your MP’s Twitter handle here and tag them in your tweet. 

Stroud Climate Cairn

Capels Mill, off Dr Newton’s Way, Stroud (a canal side site near the centre of Stroud, accessed from Waitrose carpark, and over pedestrian crossing – or along the canal)

The Climate cairn at Capels Mill

The cairn is a collective landscape feature with a message to the future: It is the building of a real stone feature, and at the same time recording people’s ideas, actions and policies to protect the earth’s climate and living ecosystems.

Virtual rocks on climate cairn

To interact with it:

Please place a stone or a pebble on the cairn
and
Photograph a ‘virtual stone’

More. . .

Earth Day 2021

As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business-as-usual.

From April 20-22, join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Together, we can Restore Our Earth™.

Come back on April 20 for the start of the event, and follow our platforms to join the discussion. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™.

 

The Climate Coalition

Everything’s live now for the Great Big Green Week in September.

If you’re thinking of organising anything during the week, it’s worth adding something to the events listing so that others in your area know to work with you. 

There are also guides to getting involved and a few webinars in the week of 19th April, including a couple by the organisers of Sust Fest St Albans

 

Stroud District CAN Forum

A reminder that the next online meeting of the Stroud district-wide CAN Forum is on Monday 19 April at 1900. Topics are: the new parish carbon foot-printing tool https://impact-tool.org.uk, the Forum’s own Low Carbon Mapping Project, and carbon savings from community projects (CSE).

 

Our future planet: global greenhouse gas removal

Science+Industry Museum – online talk series

As well as reducing our CO2 emissions, capturing carbon from the atmosphere could be another way to limit climate change. Hear leading scientists and environmental journalists explore the many aspects of carbon capture, including reforestation and rewilding, as well as a range of industrial methods.

News

New Radio 4 series – programme on the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle

On Monday 19 April at 13:45, BBC Radio 4’s excellent series “39 Ways to Save the Planet” resumes, with programmes subsequently available as a podcasts on BBC Sounds.

The programme going out on Wednesday 21 April (13:45) is called “Polluter Pays”, focusing on ‘carbon takeback obligation’, one of the proposals discussed in Hugh Richards’ blog-post.

 

Global climate leaders criticise the UK ahead of COP26 (Guardian article)

“Major figures in the global climate talks, including veteran diplomats, scientists and respected campaigners, have expressed concern to the Guardian that while the UK is making progress on agreement at Cop26, a series of missteps by the government is in danger of undermining the UK’s leadership and the success of the talks.

Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who led the 2015 Paris climate agreement, warned: “There have been recent decisions in the UK that are not aligning with the ambition of the net zero target. It is worrisome. There are raised eyebrows among world leaders watching the UK.” Full article.

 

Climate Outreach guidance

Guidance for UK climate advocates in the lead-up to COP26: webinar & briefing paper.

‘We run a number of events to share and discuss practical, evidence-based insights on how to drive public engagement with climate change. Our events are all currently online. Can’t join us live? Sign up anyway and we’ll send you the recording.’

‘Climate cairn in Stroud highlights crisis’ – Stroud News and Journal article (see also details in Events section above)

A STONE ‘climate cairn’ is being built at Capels Mill, in Stroud on Dr Newton’s Way. The cairn embodies the conservation of the planet as a living system, in which humans and all other life can thrive. The stones represent the interlocking actions and policies that will protect the earth’s climate and ecological habitats.

Community Energy England survey

recently launched their 2021 State of the Sector Survey to help better understand the state of community energy in the UK. The data will underpin their work to support the sector and lobby for more supportive policies, as well as being influential with policymakers and sector stakeholders. If you’re involved in community energy, please do fill it out.

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GlosCAN Newsletter March 2021

Contents

Events
Stroud District CAN Forum
CEE Bill Twitter storm
The Climate Coalition and MPs
Preparing for COP26 – Climate Coalition, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Mock Cop for young people, Oxford Friends of the Earth, Government COP21 website

News
New GlosCAN constitution
Report on meeting with Stroud’s MP Siobhan Baillie
New group in Cirencester
Updates from Tewkesbury – recycling, volunteering, wildlife, plastic
Website recommendations from GlosCAN Supporters – Client Earth, MyEcoPledge, Hope for the Future
Measure your own carbon use – Carbon Savvy
Climate Outreach rural report
Articles from the press – a carbon tax would be popular, wood smoke pollution, incinerating recycling, local grassroots green initiatives

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Events

Stroud District CAN Forum
The next online meeting of the Stroud district-wide CAN Forum will be on Monday 19 April at 1900, not 12 April as previously advertised. We have another great line-up of speakers:
· Rachel Coxcoon, Director of the Climate Emergency Support Programme at the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in Bristol. Rachel will introduce and demonstrate the new parish carbon foot-printing tool, and answer questions. Note that the tool is now live and ready for use at https://impact-tool.org.uk.
· Paul Hofman and Sam Munton from our very own Low Carbon Mapping Project. Paul and Sam will introduce and demonstrate the new mapping site, and outline plans for its growth, promotion and use.
· Nick Stromberg, from the Local and Community Empowerment team at CSE. Nick will provide advice and point to resources on ways of estimating carbon savings from community projects.

Other news from the CAN Forum
The second round of the National Lottery Climate Action Fund is now open.
‘We’re closing the Electric Car Club survey at the end of the day on Monday 22nd March. This provides a great opportunity to do some ‘countdown’ social media posts to get as many people as we can to complete the survey’ – social media materials are available, please contact the Forum. [See last month’s GlosCAN newsletter.]
· Nailsworth CAN is wondering if you would be interested in collaborating with the group in setting up a ‘Five Valleys Retrofit Fair’ in September? The vision is to book an outdoor space in Stroud and invite contractors to set up stalls to engage the public with various aspects of energy efficiency and sustainable heating/ microgeneration. While the central focus of the fair would be retrofit, there would be the opportunity for CANs to set up stalls themselves to promote their local projects/ideas. This project would require a small, committed team to drive it through. Please let Kat Parker (kat.yatesfield@gmail.com) know if you would be interested in getting involved!
· Chalford CAN have developed and piloted an online event called Climate Walk. Conducted main in breakout rooms, the walk enables participants to see how local choices impact on the climate, raises awareness of possible futures and helps us understand what needs to be done. See the brief overview attached. For information and advice about how to run the event, contact Peter Wormington (petergwormington@mailbox.org).

26 March CEE Bill – Banner drop and Twitter storm

– see full details and instructions for taking part. ‘Climate change and the ecological breakdown doesn’t seem to feature in the Government’s plans. Instead they have pushed back their own Environmental Bill which isn’t strong enough in itself to keep us below 1.5 degrees . . .’ Resources available here.  Read the
Executive Summary of the CEE Bill.

The Climate Coalition and MPs  – Get your MP to a climate classroom!

Hope for the Future and Teachers for Climate Action are organising a really, really cool event this April 16th to bring together teachers, parents, students and their MP in an online classroom around climate change! The aim is to help foster relationships and explore the climate crisis, lifestyle choices, climate anxiety and crucially, how education can be part of the solution. To get involved, follow the instructions here to invite your MP and sign up for the event.

Preparing for COP26
The Climate Coalition – The 10-point plan for a green, healthy and fair recovery
‘We have launched our own 10 Point Plan, together with 70 organisations. This plan sets out a programme of action to get the UK on track to net-zero emissions and show global leadership ahead of hosting COP 26, the United Nations climate summit due to take place in Glasgow next year.’ 
Also includes a score card of how the government is performing on these points.
– COP26 – Who will attend and why does it matter?
Infographic on COPs over time plus COP26.
Mock Cop – for young people.
– Oxford Friends of the Earth
– HM Government COP26 website ‘Together for our Planet.

Climate Coalition – dates for the diary: 18-26 Sep Climate Festival, launched 23 March; 22 April (Earth Day) to 11 June (G7 meeting) – paperchain mobilisations.

News

New GlosCAN constitution
No objections were raised by any Supporters further to our e-mail of 8 February about the changes made at the Steering Group meeting. Our new constitution, adopted on 17 February, can be viewed here.

Report on meeting with Stroud’s MP Siobhan Baillie Members of Stroud Green Christian Group (including some GlosCAN Supporters) met with Siobhan Baillie MP (SB) by Zoom for half an hour on 19 February 2021.  This was almost a year on from a previous (in person) meeting just before lockdown in March 2020.  The topics covered were as follows:
• The UK greenhouse gas emissions reduction objective of the Climate and Ecology Bill (parliamentary name) – publicly known as the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill;
• The proposed new deep coal mine in Cumbria;
• The possibility of a second railway station in Stonehouse (giving direct connections to Bristol) – raised at the previous meeting in March 2020; and
• The Dasgupta Review for HM Treasury on The Economics of Biodiversity.
Other topics also came up in the discussion. A summary of the meeting has been provided by one of the attendees and is found here.

New group in Cirencester
Cirencester Environmental Action group (CEA)

Updates from Tewkesbury
– Bicycle inner tubes recycling at Auto Spares, Barton Street. If yours are puncture resistant, ‘slime’ filled, they will need to be cut open and emptied first.

– Recycling Electricals (WEEE Waste)
A recent change in the law should make it a lot easier to recycle old electrical items. When you buy a new electrical item, the shop you buy it from is now required to recycle the item you’re replacing, on a like-for-like basis, free of charge. If you buy a new toaster, take the old one to the shop with you and hand it over to be recycled. If you forget, or can’t take it when you buy the new one, you have 28 days to take your old one back. Companies that sell large quantities of electronics (Currys PC World, B&Q, supermarkets etc.) are required to offer recycling points for small electrical items, (less than 25 cm on the longest side), for anyone who has something they no longer use. Items include electric toothbrushes and small hairdryers. Some companies have been doing this for some time. Please check with the shop before visiting or ask when you go in. Remember that if your old item is in working order, it could be offered to someone else via Freecycle, or if it’s broken, it’s well worth trying a Repair Cafe to get it fixed before buying a replacement. Electrical items can also be taken by appointment to one of the recycling centres (formerly known as ‘the tip’).

– Volunteer to help others get digitally connected in Gloucestershire
Could you volunteer as a Digital Champion and help change someone’s life? ’TECH Connect’ are seeking tech-savvy residents to help locals get online to combat loneliness and isolation. Receive free online training, develop digital skills and improve your CV. Get support from a huge network. Contact: jenny@itschoolsafrica.org

– Young Wildlife Rangers
Coming Soon on Saturdays in Tewkesbury. Volunteer and learn about how to help nature. Activities will include species monitoring, soil sampling and specific planting and maintenance skills. Depending on the interest, possible age groups will be 11-14, 15-18 and 18 to 24. Contact Cate or further details or to register interest catecody99@gmail.com

– Tewkesbury Toads on the Roads
Our patrollers have recorded over 100 amphibians now and volunteers have been out 114 times. Contact volunteer coordinator (catecody99@gmail.com) to join us if you are in Tewkesbury.

– Plastic-Free Community – We will have a website going live soon – it will feature our Plastic-Free Champions and Allies as well as lots of information regarding local recycling. Please get in touch if you are a local business and would like details of how we can help you to reduce single-use plastics: plasticfreetewkesbury@gmail.com. See Plastic Free Tewkesbury’s Facebook Group

Tewkesbury also has a (private) Facebook page Green Minded People in Tewkesbury.

Websites recommended by GlosCAN Supporters:
ClientEarth.org ‘We are an environmental charity with a unique approach – we use the law to create powerful change and a future where people and planet thrive together. ‘
Recent article – Plastics: A carbon copy of the climate crisis.

Make a climate pledge MyEcoPledge.co.uk
‘Myecopledge is a way in which all of us, no matter how busy we are, can join our own small pledges together and shout about them.’

Hope for the Future – ‘a climate charity which works to equip communities, groups and individuals across the country to communicate the urgency of climate change with their local politicians. Meeting net-zero targets is fundamentally about transitioning to low carbon infrastructure, and so many of the daily decisions around new and existing infrastructure—such as new buildings, roads and utilities—are made at the local level. By engaging with your local representative, you can work with them to support the government’s legislation on reaching net zero emissions by 2050. We offer training and support to help you do this, aiming to transform your elected representatives’ hearts and minds on climate change.’

Carbon Savvy – measure your own carbon use.

Climate Outreach report – rural attitudes to climate change
Equipping rural councillors to engage effectively on climate change – ‘What we know about rural attitudes to climate change. Do’s and don’ts for communicating climate change to rural citizens. Rural ‘Britain Talks Climate’
More reports.

Articles from the press
Carbon tax would be popular with UK voters, poll suggests- Levies on flying, imports and other high-carbon services could raise £27bn a year by 2030, says Zero Carbon Campaign
Zero Carbon Campaign – Most polluters aren’t paying for the damage they do. It’s time we made things a little fairer with a policy that says if you pollute, you pay.

– Wood burning at home now biggest cause of UK particle pollution – Fires used by just 8% of population but cause triple the particle pollution of traffic, data shows.
Burn wood better.

– Revealed: why hundreds of thousands of tonnes of recycling are going up in smoke – Investigation questions eco-friendly claims of incineration industry.

– How grassroots schemes across UK are tackling climate crisis – Thinktank calls for more support for local initiatives ranging from heating to flood schemes.

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GlosCAN Newsletter

February 2021

 

EVENTS
This February: Show the Love – the Climate Coalition
Mon 15 Feb – Fri 19 Feb BBC Radio 4, new book ‘How to avoid a Climate Disaster’ by Bill Gates
Tue 16 Feb, Tewkesbury Green Party hosting Community R4C
Wed 17 Feb, 19.30, Cheltenham Green Party hosting a Clean Air Webinar
19 Feb Stroud Green Christian Group meeting with MP for Stroud – COP-26
20 Feb Stonehouse Community Climate Action Forum – local people’s climate actions
GMO food – Defra consultation till 7 Mar
Stroud CAN Forum events – An electric car club in Stroud District?
16 March 7 p.m. Waste Q&A , by zoom
Young Wildlife Rangers
February-March – Tewkesbury Toads on the Roads
Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign
Tewkesbury Plastic-Free Community
Tewkesbury Nature Reserve
Save unnecessary plastic packaging – shop
NEWS
County council in Cumbria to reconsider coalmine application
Hundreds of millions in green grants for English homes pulled despite delays
Shell announces new emissions goals as it aims to go net zero by 2050
Psychotherapy and climate change

EVENTS

This February: Show the Love – the Climate Coalition

Beautiful things are possible when we work together
This February, people from all walks of life are coming together to show the love for everything we want to protect from the climate crisis. We may not be able to join together in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to raise our voices together.
Whether you have a couple of minutes, an afternoon, or all the time in the world, this page will show you that there are lots of different ways to take part – and we have lots of resources to help you!
Planning a virtual Show the Love event? Tell us all about it!
Send us an email if you would like a large number of printed postcards or stickers for your community group or school.
#SHOWTHELOVE on social media
Green hearts are powerful because they come from you! Show the world how you’re taking part by sharing photos of your homemade hearts on social media with the hashtag #ShowTheLove.
To help get your MP in on the action, you can also send them your heart in the mail or a photo of it on Twitter along with a message asking them to committing to #ShowTheLove for the solutions to the climate crisis.

Mon 15 Feb – Fri 19 Feb BBC Radio 4, new book ‘How to avoid a Climate Disaster’. Bill Gates sets out his far-reaching plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe. Read by William Hope.
Available now Episode 1 – ’51 Billion to Zero’.

Tue 16 Feb, Tewkesbury Green Party are hosting Community R4C  by Zoom on Tuesday 16th February at 7pm.
Community R4C is a community led initiative to provide economic, social and environmental benefits for Gloucestershire by treating our waste as a valuable resource rather than burning or burying it. On the night you will learn about:
The history of the javelin park incinerator.
Community R4Cs campaign against the incinerator.
Why incinerators are the wrong solution.
What action Community R4C are taking now against the incinerator.
There will also be an opportunity to ask Sue any questions you may have about the campaign and Community R4Cs alternative plans for our waste. Donations of £1 (or more if affordable) appreciated.

Wed 17 Feb, 19.30, Cheltenham Green Party are hosting a Clean Air Webinar

19 Feb Stroud Green Christian Group meeting with MP for Stroud Siobhan Baillie about preparations for COP-26

20 Feb Stonehouse Community Climate Action Forum has an event on 20 February, with local people talking about their climate actions, followed by Q&A and discussion. Link for registration is here.

GMO food – Defra consultation till 7 Mar
The UK has been under EU legislation which does not allow GMOs but Boris Johnson has declared his intent to ‘liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules’ bringing us more in line with current US regulations and crop production.
This is concerning enough to take some time to respond to the public consultation Defra has opened until 7th March. The organisation GM Freeze has helpful guidance to assist as you navigate your way through the questions.

Stroud CAN Forum events – An electric car club in Stroud District? – from Stroud District CAN Forum
Dear CAN Forum member,
Here’s the link to the Co Cars survey to identify the level and patterns of interest in developing an Electric Car Club in Stroud District:
The greater the level of interest expressed through completing the survey, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to move to a pilot stage, so please promote the survey in your local communities – to members, supporters and through community-based social media. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.
The survey will stay open until towards the end of March, so there’s time to promote it in local newsletters.
You’ll recall that the idea of working with Co Cars to develop an Electric Car Club in the district came out of the December CAN Forum meeting. Since then, we’ve been in discussion with Co Cars, Stroud Valley Community Car Club and SDC to move the process forward.
As the survey preamble says, an Electric Car Club would help tackle our district’s congestion, parking and pollution problems, whilst providing affordable access to zero emission vehicles for all.
Please complete the survey and circulate it far and wide!
Here are some ideas for messaging:
· Want to help tackle congestion on our roads, parking and pollution problems, whilst providing affordable access to Electric Cars for more people? One solution is an Electric Car Club – where we can book a locally parked car through our phones for when we want to use it. If this sounds like the future you would like – please complete our quick survey here.
· Did you know that most of us use our cars for less than 4% of the time? That up to 40% of the space in towns is taken up by car driving and parking? That many of us would love to drive an electric car but can’t afford the purchase? One solution is an Electric Car Club – where we can book a locally parked car through our phones for when we want to use it. If this sounds like the future you would like – please complete our quick survey here.
· Did you know that each Electric Car Club vehicle has potential to take up to 10 private cars off the road, and over its lifetime save up to 160 tonnes of carbon emissions? If this sounds like the future you would like – please complete our quick survey here.
The source for the stats is the Co Cars presentation to the December Forum meeting.
Please feel free to adapt and use the messaging as appropriate!

The next meeting of Stroud CAN Forum is on 12 April – please put the date in the diary!

16 March 7 p.m. Waste Q&A , by zoom
Cate Cody is leading a Waste Q&A session on zoom on Tuesday 16th March at 7pm. Here is an opportunity to find out how to reduce your waste and what and where to recycle things locally. Cate has not put any landfill waste out for over 4 years, she has visited numerous recycling plants across the UK and has given many previous talks on the subject. “Sparky and full of useful tips and encouragement for the experienced and novice alike.” Contact her for further details catecody99@gmail.com

Young Wildlife Rangers
Coming Soon on Saturdays in Tewkesbury. Volunteer and learn about how to help nature. Activities will include species monitoring, soil sampling and specific planting and maintenance skills. Depending on the interest, possible age groups will be 11-14, 15-18 and 18 to 24. Contact Cate or further details or to register interest catecody99@gmail.com

February-March – Tewkesbury Toads on the Roads
Due to the data gathered last year, Tewkesbury Nature Reserve now has an official Froglife Crossing. If you are local, we have patrollers out (in specific weather) during March. (Covid restrictions and guidelines will of course be adhered to so this could be subject to change). If you would like to help out, first you will need to sign up officially with Froglife: glos.toads@gmail.com Following this you will be asked to give permission to share your contact details with the volunteers coordinator (Cate Cody) who will get in touch with further information.

Cheltenham & Tewkesbury Cycling Campaign – For further details and to become a member, see link.

Tewkesbury Plastic-Free Community – Please get in touch if you are a local business and would like details of how we can help you to reduce single-use plastics: plasticfreetewkesbury@gmail.com Tewkesbury’s Facebook Group.

Tewkesbury Nature Reserve Annual membership is now available (£6 single, £10 joint, £12 family) contact supporters@tewkesburynaturereserve.org.uk

Bnatural Refill Shop. Save unnecessary plastic packaging whilst supporting a local, independent trader. Barton Street, Tewkesbury.

NEWS

County council in Cumbria to reconsider coalmine application – Planning proposal for project near Whitehaven has faced widespread opposition from environmentalists
See previous news about the mine, including quote from Myles Allen (Oxf. Univ.).

Hundreds of millions in green grants for English homes pulled despite delays

Shell announces new emissions goals as it aims to go net zero by 2050
Link to FT article (subscription-based).
Shell’s announcement: ‘Our climate target: Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society’s progress in achieving the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.’
‘Tackling climate change: With this target, we will contribute to a net-zero world, where society stops adding to the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the atmosphere.’

Psychotherapy and climate change
Article from the Association for Humanistic Psychology’s magazine ‘How Integrative Psychotherapy Can Address the Anthropocene Crisis . . . an attempt to address the questions of how and why the human species considers itself separate from ecosystems, and what needs to shift in our thinking and theorising so that we can be part of, rather than split off from, the more-than-human world.’

Would you like to help with preparing this monthly newsletter? You may have suitable experience already, or perhaps be studying a subject such as communications and media. If so, GlosCAN.org would be very pleased to hear from you info@gloscan.org

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GlosCAN Newsletter

January 2021

CONTENTS

EVENTS
Stroud CAN Forum meeting on Zoom Mon 8 February (1900)
The Climate Coalition – Show the Love 2021
Other events and resources from the Climate Coalition
– COP-26 Participation
– Volunteer at the COP
– Eco Action Families
– Useful newsletters
– Britain Talks Climate toolkit
– Today for Tomorrow campaign
– Students for Global Health webinars on climate justice
– CarbonCopy local areas map

NEWS
A carbon fee and dividend – ‘There’s a simple way to green the economy – and it involves cash prizes for all’ – Henry D. Jacoby, MIT
Climate change: Biggest global poll supports ‘global emergency’
Book by Dale Vince – ‘Manifesto’
The Reith Lectures 2020, Episode 4 of 4 ‘Mark Carney – How We Get What We Value – podcast
39 Ways to Save the Planet BBC R4 series – podcast
Bill Gates .. . in bid to buy British private jet services firm

EVENTS

Stroud CAN Forum meeting on Zoom Mon 8 February (1900)
The focus will be on ‘Food and Climate Change’ including: development of a Gloucestershire Food Strategy – emerging strategy being prepared under the auspices of GFirst’s Agri Food and Rural Group with focus on a programme of work to encourage and enable a transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture, and on how we can help shape new programmes on food justice and awareness raising; and the work of the Long Table on building community-based food resilience – Long Table’s activities and plans, and how local CANs can provide support,

The Climate Coalition – Show the Love 2021
Beautiful things are possible when we work together. This February, people from all walks of life are coming together to show the love for everything we want to protect from the climate crisis. We may not be able to join together in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to raise our voices together. Whether you have a couple of minutes, an afternoon, or all the time in the world, this page will show you that there are lots of different ways to take part – and we have lots of resources to help you!

Other events and resources from the Climate Coalition
– COP-26 ParticipationHow to get involved – event/creative installations/exhibition space.
Volunteer at the COP.
– Eco Action Families‘ video on #TheRippleEffect. Do you want to become part of a powerful, rising wave of change? You can take ACTION by joining #TheRippleEffect challenge
– Feedback’s Gleaning Network, which to date has rescued over 560 tonnes of surplus produce, is going to be featured on BBC 4 charity appeals on the 21st and 28th February.
– Useful newsletters: Energy and Climate Intelligence and Carbon Brief.
– Britain Talks Climate toolkit
– The Big Issue have launched their new Today for Tomorrow campaign in support of their Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill which is currently going through Parliament – (second reading in Commons Fri 22 Jan).
– Students for Global Health have put together a series of 4 webinars on climate justice, with topics including how climate justice intersects with gender and how youth activists can fight for it at COP26. The first one starts on the 28th January from 6-7pm and running weekly after that. Sign up here!
– CarbonCopy have launched this brilliantly designed map. Explore what’s happening locally, from places that have not yet declared a climate emergency to places targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

NEWS

A carbon fee and dividend: ‘There’s a simple way to green the economy – and it involves cash prizes for all’ Henry D Jacoby
The ‘carbon dividend’ is so elegant that it seems too good to be true. Governments should make it a post-pandemic priority
Letters. The barriers to a carbon fee and dividend policy.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Climate change: Biggest global poll supports ‘global emergency’.

Book by Dale Vince‘Manifesto’

From Climate Crisis to Real Prosperity – The Reith Lectures 2020.
Mark Carney – How We Get What We Value – episode 4 of 4. Podcast.
Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of England, argues that the market can be redirected to alleviating climate change.’
Includes ideas on: net zero at the top of the hierarchy of values, ‘values drive value’, rapid societal change; company reporting, risk management and returns (commercial opportunities of net zero); ‘what gets measured gets managed’; TCFD – Task Force on Climate-Related financial disclosures; effect of net zero expectations on companies; livelihoods, employers’ net zero plans; investment company transparency on climate risks; where people should place their savings; banks and climate risks.

39 Ways to Save the Planet. BBC Radio Four, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, presents 39 ideas to relieve the stress that climate change is exerting on the planet – podcasts.

Bill Gates in bid to buy British private jet services firm
Gates’ Cascade Investment fund teams up with US private equity firm on offer for Signature Aviation’.

 

GlosCAN Newsletter

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

 

 

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GlosCAN Newsletter 14 July 2020

GlosCAN Newsletter 8 Feb 2020

GlosCAN newsletter 24 Dec 2019

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GlosCAN Newsletter Nov 2018