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GlosCAN Newsletter

8 February 2020


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
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


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
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  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.

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

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.

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’: To learn more or get in touch, see the Stroud Community Energy Action Group newsletter at
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

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.

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.

See other articles at GlosCAN’s press page

BBC: What is climate change? A really simple guide

Read the simple guide here:

Job vacancy – driver – sustainability charity
Charity seeks part-time van-driver to work with volunteers at Reclaim furniture re-use scheme, Cheltenham –,, 01242 224321
With kind regards,
Gloucestershire Climate Action Network
Twitter: @GlosCAN

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 ( 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.



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:…

… 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:



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

View on YouTube:

The first video (from Climate Outreach), in the summer, was here:



Music – Walking with Nature
15 minutes of music with film showing ways we can help avert climate catastrophe
by Gloucestershire composer Penny Squire –



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

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

Wishing you a Happy Christmas,

With kind regards,
Gloucestershire Climate Action Network
Twitter: @GlosCAN

Climate Action Network