15th February 2013

Campaign against Climate Change February Newsletter


The start of the new year has been an interesting and exciting time for us.

As we reflect over last year, with the changes to our planet - the unprecendented melting of Arctic ice and the ever growing certainty of a 2°C or higher global temperature rise, the increasing action being taken by citizens on climate change and progressive steps to work with non-environmental groups to campaign for a future that works for us all, and the departure of the National Coordinator Phil Thornhill; we find ourselves with the opportunity to re-group, re-strategise and face the year with a bold new plan of action.

We are already certain, however, that we want to dedicate more time working with and supporting grassroots organisations.
 

Farefail 
Great Fuel Robbery 

#ForwardOnClimate - Keystone pipeline solidarity action 
Energy Bill - Greenpeace & the Battle for Britain
AGM - 2nd March

Climate Change in the news
Get involved

 

#Farefail - UK's railways and our climate

On Valentine's day actions were taken all over the UK to highlight the ridiculous state of railway ticket prices. Events were held everywhere from Edinburgh to Durham, York to Manchester, Lancaster to Derby, Birmingham to Nottingham, Wolverhampton to London, Oxford to Wales, Bath to Bristol, and Somserset to Brighton.

Transport is a serious contributor to our carbon emissions - so it makes enormous sense to tackle our transport infrastructure as the demand for travel will not reduce. To read the climate argument see our blog here.

We need to support these campaigns where ever we can - the climate crisis free future will only happen if we build a carbon free society with all and for all.

See how to get involved at FareFail campaign site.



 

 

Great Fuel Robbery - Weekend of Protests

Fuel Poverty Action are calling for a weekend of actions to protest against the "Great Fuel Robbery" that is being orchestrated by the UK Government, E.ON, EDF, British Gas, Scottish Power, N Power and SSE.

This must stop now. Not only can people afford the bills and are dying in their homes, but the pursuit of fossil fuels will ensure that that the situation stays this way as well as perpetuating climate change.

To find out where the fuel bill assemblies are taking place click here.


 

#ForwardOnClimate - Keystone pipeline solidarity action - 17th February

This Sunday, thousands of Americans will head to Washington D.C. to push Forward on Climate and ask Obama to take the first step to putting the US on the path to addressing climate change and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

We want to show our solidarity and support to those fighting in North America.  This Sunday we will be sharing a petition that has been prepared by UK Tar Sands Network,350.orgPeople & Planet and Pembrokeshire Friends of the Earth asking for Nick Clegg to support the Fuel Quality Directive that which would strongly discourage Tar Sands oil from entering Europe - closing off a major new market and thwarting future expansion plans.

Show your support by retweeting and sharing images of those resisting, using the hashtags #ForwardOnClimate #IdleNoMore and #NoKXL on twitter and on Facebook by sharing messages of support to those bravely resisting.

Join the rally at thunderclap - this means that you can join with those in North America directly, both you and they can see how many people have shared, tweeted and posted their resistance to the Keystone Pipeline and we can be united despite our distance.

Look out for the petition on our website as well as other related news and blogs.



Energy Bill - Greenpeace & the Battle for Britain

Last Monday, Greenpeace launched an online action to fight for our energy bill to include a 2030 carbon-free electricity target. This is ahead of the amendmend that will be voted on the 26th March and is aimed at the Lib-Dems who have the chance to change the balance. Please join in the fight!

Here is an extract from the Greenpeace website:

'The Battle for Britain has begun. Was it when Chancellor George Osborne called us the environmental Taliban? When he announced he wanted to build 40 new gas-fired stations and turn the UK into a 'gas hub'? When he was revealed in our undercover investigation as trying to dismantle the Climate Change Act? When he rolled out the red carpet for fracking companies across England? Or when he vetoed a 2030 goal in the Energy bill for carbon free electricity?

The Energy Bill currently before parliament is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to clean up our power sector and create low carbon jobs. Along with hundred of business leaders, UK companies, investors and civil society groups, we want to see carbon-free electricity by 2030.

Don't let all your amazing work be undone. The climate - and Britain - needs you. Tell your MP to support clean electricity and green jobs now.'

  
 

AGM - 2nd March

Come and help us plan for the year's campaigning!

 

Venue: SOAS, room V111, Vernon Square campus (closest tube: King's Cross)

Time: 1-5pm

We welcome discussion, thoughts, tactics, that you want to share. To help us have a focused day it would be great if we can begin talking now about what you would like to see us do this year. The Campaign has got a few things up its sleeve but it's important that we take the time to hear what you think. So let's start the conversation!

Either join the discussion via the comment section heretweet us @campaigncc #ccc2013 or on our facebook page.

If you are looking for a starting point, have a look at the minutes from the London meeting on 29th Jan - its focus was on assessing the successes and failures of last year's events to act as a springboard for discussion of what tactics and campaigns we should implement this year. You can also click here to find out about last year's events.

Find out more details on the website.


 

More ways to get involved!

To get the latest news of meetings, campaign events and online actions, sign up for our emails or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Please consider making a regular donation. We are a very small organisation and need the financial security which helps us respond to events as quickly as we did last week. (Could you help fundraise for us? Get in touch!)

Finally, forward this email to any friends who may be interested.


Climate Change in the news

Gas company targets protected Manú park in Peruvian Amazon
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/11/gas-company-manu-park-...

An Avaaz petition to halt oil exploration in Ecuadorean Amazon gets 1m+ signatures in just over a week
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/06/petition-oil-ecuadorean-amaz...


Wind is now cheaper than fossil fuels in producing electricity in Australia, the world’s biggest coal exporter 
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-06/australia-wind-energy-cheaper-t...

DECC survey shows 79% support renewables & just 4% oppose them, with 64% supporting vs 13% opposing onshore wind
http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2013/02/05/government-poll-charts-major-...
 
Meanwhile, George Osborne's subsidies for oil and gas are piling up to almost £1bn (£864m and rising)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/04/friend-of-the-earth-georg...

 
France announced plans to cut light pollution and CO2 emissions by banning all-night lights in shops & offices
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/30/lights-out-france-shops-offices

 

An Introduction to the Climate Threat

We are on the threshold of a frightening new era........ never before has humankind's abuse of the environment put the whole planet in danger.

This is what Climate Change does.

It has become the very greatest threat to our planet and everyone on it, besides all-out war with modern weapons of mass-destruction.

The Greenhouse gases that cause climate change have a delayed effect, like a disease with a long incubation period. This means that we do not know how much irreversible damage we have done already - but we know that if we don't act now the effects will be many times more devestating still.

The damage has been done mainly by the rich nations (which burn more fossil fuels like coal and oil, and so emit more CO2 - the main 'greenhouse gas') but the poorest will suffer worst and most immediately ...though everyone is threatened in the long run. People are dying from climate change now though it is not obvious since it is happening through a steady and unrelenting increase in the frequency and severity of the kind of 'natural' disasters (floods, droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, etc..) that we are used to1.

Essentially this is because 'global warming' means an increase in the 'energy' in weather systems generally : that energy not only makes for an increase in temperatures : it also makes for more extreme and more violent weather. Furthermore the rate at which humankind is causing global temperatures to increase (and the climate to change) is much greater by far, than ever before while humankind has existed. And it will not neccessarily be a slow, steady increase : when we reach certain thresholds there could be very sudden changes ....and the whole process could accelerate and spin out of control in the nightmare of what scientists call "run-away climate change". So what 'global warming' and 'climate change' really mean is 'climate de-stabilisation' ....with the threat of total disruption of the global climate upon which every one of us depends upon for his or her existence.

The vast areas of cold empty space that make up the vast bulk of the Universe are inhospitable to Life. Life is able to exist on the earth only thanks to its gossamer-thin protective covering - its atmosphere. And thanks to the fact that this atmosphere contains just the right amount of heat-trapping gases. So that our planet is not a desolate frigid lump like Mars or Pluto, or scorchingly, intolerably hot like Mercury or Venus. Now humankind is upsetting that precious and precarious equilibrium.

This is down to the Industrial Revolution and the massively increased release of certain gases into the atmosphere that this brought about. Most of all this was Carbon Dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas formed from "fossilised" vegetation, buried beneath the earth's surface) but also included increased amounts of methane, nitrous oxide, and halocarbons. At the same time we have been cutting down trees - clearing forests - at an unprecedented rate. Trees, like most vegetation - and indeed 'life forms' - are largely made of carbon so their burning or rotting away releases what had been "stored" carbon, back into the atmosphere, as CO2.

carbon graphThe result of this is that over the last 2 hundred years we have increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by about ONE THIRD. This is - already - a higher level than has ever been reached in the last 20 Million years....that's far longer than humankind or humanoid-type creatures have existed. So don't let anyone tell you : oh, we've seen this all before....in the seventeenth century there was a mini-ice age. What's happening now is on an infinitely greater scale than that.....we just haven't seen anything like all the effects feed through yet (that's frightening). Yes there have been changes that big, way, way, back in the geological record but they were always accompanied by a catastrophic impact on Life on Earth - as it at that time existed.

This doesn't mention the increases in other 'greenhouse' gases. Altogether the rise in greenhouse gas concentrations is just beginning to feed through into actual climatic impacts. Global average surface temperature has risen by about 0.6°C in the last hundred years. This might not sound much but already the global 'physical' impacts have been considerable, including a 10% reduction in snow cover and a 40% decrease in the thickness of Arctic sea ice (at its seasonal thinnest). The 2000s were the warmest decade on record.

How much are temperatures going to rise this century ? No-one really knows. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have suggested between 1.4 and 5.8°C. To understand what that means you have to bear in mind that the upper figure represents a 41% increase over todays global average temperature: it took just a 21% decrease to bring about the last ice age. Small temperature rises are more significant than they sound when you bear in mind the sensitivity of the earth's climatic systems.

temperature graphAnd in any case the Hadley Weather Centre has suggested a temperature rise of around 8.8°C2: this is, in effect, a really massive increase. Part of the reason they have come up with this bigger figure is that they have begun to take into account what are called "positive feedbacks". That means reactions in the biosphere triggered by rising temperatures, that cause them to rise yet faster. For instance there are huge 'stores' of carbon in forests or tundra permafrost that rising temperatures could cause to be released, thereby causing temperatures to rise yet higher again. A real frightener (not taken into account by the Hadley Centre) are the 'methane hydrates', crystal structures on the edges of continental shelves whch contain vast quantities of carbon (in the form of methane which is 20 times more powerful as a 'greenhouse gas' than CO2). If rising temperatures in the water or sediment around them caused the methane to be released the impact could be absolutely enormous.

These factors could all bring about very sudden (and quite likely unpredictable) changes. It is not just a case of temperatures rising but whole climatic systems suddenly changing (like the possible 'switching off' of the Gulf Stream) We could be tipped into dire and irreversible situations on reaching certain thresholds. The cumulative effect would be "run-away" climate change that would render our planet uninhabitable. This word "uninhabitable" has not just sprung out of my own morbid imagination: its the one actually used by a British Secretary of State for the environment, Michael Meacher, MP.

In the final analysis the really important figures to keep in mind are the ones about the background rise in carbon concentrations... the once-in-20 million year increase from which the effects can hardly be anything but very frightening indeed.

It is as well to remember that not only has the consensus around the reality of human-induced climate change been consistently building but the seriousness of the impacts have consistently been revised in an upwards direction. Extrapolating on this basis just imagine what they will be predicting in 20 years time! Remember that while it may be possible to find at least one scientist to say more or less anything most of them do not prosper in their careers or gain respect from their colleagues by sticking their necks out and making statements that risk sounding outrageous. There is an inbuilt bias towards conservatism in the scientific/academic establishment: these frightening conclusions about climate change would never have surfaced in the way they have without something very, very, real behind them. And what is more their predictions are, for the most part, much more likely to err on the side of a cautious underestimate, than they are to overestimate, the scale of the climate change problem that we will have to face.

Climate Change, then, is not 'just another' environmental problem. We have only been significantly aware of it for the last twenty or so years...in that time it has revolutionised the environmental debate, and magnified beyond measure the scale of the environmental threat. At one time talk of "Saving the Planet" was a rather meaningless slogan. Climate Change means that now its for real.

But don't just take our word for any of this. Check out what other organisations say like the Royal Society.

For an updated view on the gravity of the 'Climate Emergency' we are now facing see here.

References:

[1] http://dniester.grida.no/go/graphic/trends-in-natural-disasters
[2] https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climatechange/news/latest/four-degrees.html

Notes:

1.  “… in a world without deep emissions reductions, warming will kill many tropical forests in the second half of the twenty-first century, returning vast quantities of carbon to the atmosphere. This would run the risk of tipping the world into runaway global warming.” Jeremy Leggett, The Carbon War, 2001, p. 323.
 
Lost forest cover, decaying vegetation and overheated soils are expected to release as much as 77 gigatonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. This will raise global temperatures significantly more than the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts to date…The battle to get greenhouse gas levels under control ought to be treated as global priority number one. Tam Dalyell MP, New Scientist, 7 February 2003
 
2. “If today’s warming continues and deep-sea temperatures cross the threshold at which methane hydrates melt, huge amounts of methane could be released, triggering drastic global warming.” Jeff Hecht, New Scientist, 7 December 2002.
 
3. “If a qualitative climate change were to occur suddenly in the coming century—within less than 10 years—as has happened many times before in geological history, we may already have written our epitaph.” Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington DC, The Guardian, 1 March 2002.
 
4. “The ultimate concern is that if runaway global warming occurred, temperatures could spiral out of control and make our planet uninhabitable.... this is the first time that a species has been at risk of generating its own demise.… The dinosaurs dominated the earth for 160 million years. We are in danger of putting our future at risk after a mere quarter of a million years.” Michael Meacher, UK Minister for the Environment, The Guardian, 14 February 2003.

 

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Climate Change: Going Beyond Dangerous

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Climate Emergency

We are in a Global Climate Emergency.

The situation is much worse than we are told by those in power and much worse than the day to day discussion in the media would suggest.

The need to take action on climate is more urgent and more immediate than ever. The measures currently being taken at the national level – and even the best plans, currently being floated at the international level – are quite inadequate to meet the current level of threat.

The main reason for this is that the destabilisation of global climate has progressed much more quickly than scientists thought.

This has had the result that the plans developed to deal with it are now insufficient, being based on out of date scientific projections.

That is the case even when those plans themselves are proving fantastically difficult or impossible to implement due to a failure to secure the necessary political support at national or international level. In fact all along there has been strong political pressure to minimise the scale of the threat and what needs to be done. This means that many of the assumptions made have been optimistic and it has too often been forgotten that we are dealing with a range of probability, where the scenarios based on less optimistic assumptions have been largely ignored. Unfortunately in many cases it seems to be the more pessimistic assumptions that are proving true.

International policy, such as it exists, and the national policies of many individual countries are based on the reports of the IPCC – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This body represents the consensus of a huge body of experts, but establishing that consensus is a process that not only tends to favour the cautious and conservative but necessarily takes a very long time. There are long periods between new reports and the science used in the reports may already be somewhat dated even when the IPCC report first appears. That means that in a situation where the science is evolving and changing very rapidly the primary scientific report on which policy is based can often be out of date.

 A striking example of the physical world moving much more quickly than the predictions of scientists is the disappearance of summer ice from the arctic. An average prediction for the total disappearance of arctic summer ice ten or so years ago, hovered around the 80-years-from-now mark. It is not now unusual to hear predictions of the complete disappearance of summer arctic ice by 2030 or even sooner. See here and here.

More broadly the over-optimistic assumption underlying many classic projections can be characterised as the exclusion of any positive feedback processes. The assumption has been one of a gradual or ‘linear’ rise in temperature when the geological record suggests that ‘non-linear’ progression has been closer to the norm, in previous episodes of rapid global temperature change. This means that the angled line on the graph is not one that is more or less straight but one that steepens abruptly when certain thresholds or “tipping points” are met. The steepening is due to the triggering of ‘positive feedback’ effects. Examples are the drying out and burning of forests which thereby release more carbon into the atmosphere causing the temperature to rise yet more quickly again, or the exhaustion of the capacity of soils or the sea to absorb carbon leading them to release it instead, causing an increase in the rate of warming once again. At a certain point these natural processes could become so strong that they are putting more extra carbon into the atmosphere than humankind itself is directly – at that point the situation would be completely outside our control. Meanwhile the task for planners is redefined – it is not about how to keep that line on the graph from rising too steeply, it is about not letting it on any account reach a certain level – when it will suddenly shoot upwards. The situation we are in is not so much that of the thrifty householder who simply needs to plan their carbon budget wisely and well ahead – but rather of the man staggering though a minefield in the dark: he does not know when he might make that fateful step that will obliterate him, he only knows that the more walking he does the more he is likely to make it. The situation, in other words, is much more uncertain and dangerous than generally portrayed.

There are two ‘positive feedback’ processes which are particularly relevant in the context of the much-quicker-than-predicted disappearance of the summer arctic ice. One is the loss of albedo effect. The white arctic ice reflects heat away (albedo effect) but the dark waters exposed when it melts would absorb the heat instead – thereby increasing global temperatures. The second is the melting of the perma-frost in Northern latitudes. The permafrost contains around twice the amount of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) currently in the atmosphere: it would therefore triple the level of atmospheric green house gases if it all melted. Warmer waters in the Arctic sea clearly have the potential to warm the surrounding land masses and the permafrost they contain.

There is yet another third ‘positive feedback’ process which could be relevant: underneath the oceans are the remains of organic matter from dead plankton or washed into the sea by rivers over the millennia, degraded by bacteria and frozen to form crystalline ‘methane hydrates’. These are kept stable by a mixture of temperature and pressure but in the relatively shallow, cold, Arctic sea the former is especially important. An increase in temperature caused by a warming of the waters could possibly release large quantities of methane from the hydrates: while lasting not nearly so long in the atmosphere, methane is a greenhouse gas twenty times as powerful as Carbon Dioxide. It has been suggested that the very rapid rises in atmospheric carbon and temperature associated with 'extinction events' such as that of the End-Permian (which wiped out 95% of life on Earth as it then existed) could only have been caused by massive releases of methane from the ocean beds. In 2008, for the first time, methane was found escaping – to date in relatively small quantities - from the Arctic Ocean.

Looking no further than a series of possible knock on effects from the observed acceleration of Arctic sea ice melting, we can see a potential chain of events that could trump the careful calculations of the IPCCC and render many of our plans to gradually reduce emissions worthless.

All this means there is an overwhelming need to do as much as we can NOW. Securing real effective action in the short term – ideally crash programs of emissions reductions or ‘decarbonisation’ – are more important than ambitious programs for the more distant future. The fact is that by the time that future arrives the situation may have changed dramatically and we will have to adapt to a whole new set of circumstances. The only thing we can be sure of is that the adaptations we have to make then will be all the more drastic and traumatic in proportion to how little we manage to achieve now.

We do not just have a huge but predictable threat that we need to do big but measurable things to deal with - we have rather a current state of global climate emergency in which targets are rapidly becoming meaningless, in the face of an overwhelming need simply to do as much as we possibly can as fast we possibly can.

And there is no big problem over what we could or should be doing right now, either internationally or nationally – there is just a lack of will. The latter (‘national’) category is the easier because it does not require the agreement of other countries and there is plenty that we could be doing in the UK straight away – the list starts with things we should not be doing like building new coal-fired power stations, increasing aviation capacity, or expanding unsustainable agrofuels but goes on to embrace a recession-busting ‘Green New Deal’ which includes an extensive program of energy efficiency and home insulation and a renewable energy revolution involving a huge expansion of wind, wave, tidal, solar and other sources of carbon free energy. This would go hand in hand with a massively ramped up public information campaign on the gravity of the climate crisis and a sustained campaign to change attitudes and behaviour in line with that.

The Climate Emergency should be the overriding priority of every politician and to which all available human and material resources should be immediately directed. Those in power, however, are not currently acting with anything approaching the degree of urgency and resolution required by the circumstances – until they do it is the duty of each and every one of us to do our utmost to influence them to do so. If they will not declare a Climate Emergency and act accordingly then we have to do everything possible to communicate that sense of emergency to others and to push for the action that it demands.

 See further the Climate Safety Report published by the Public Interest Research Centre

 See also http://www.climatecodered.net/

For a more general background about the Climate Threat see here.

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2014 Newsletters

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Events :

 

Time to Act Climate Change Meeting

First Organising Meeting for National Student Climate Occupations, in association with the COP21 in Paris

 

Take Action: CCC Actions & Allies' Actions:

 

Reclaim Shakespeare Company: Viking Flash mob June 15th

Stop Camerons new Fracking Law

March 7th 2015, Mass Action & Carnival

Reel News: Glastonbury

People’s Assembly Demonstration against Austerity: June 21st - No More Austerity: Demand the Alternative

Reclaim the Power Action Camp: Take on the Frackers! August 14th - 20th

 

Updates on event past and current:

 

Energy Tour

AGM

Cabaret Fundraiser

 

Other bits and bobs:

 

Climate Change in the news

Videos of interest

More ways to get involved!

 

Events:

 

Time to Act Climate Change Meeting


 

As I’m sure many of you are aware, our actions this year have been led by our aptly named Time to Act campaign.

This Tuesday 10th June, we’ll be holding our Time to Act Climate Change Meeting. The purpose of this is to provide an environment to bring together anyone working on climate issues, so that we can all share what we are currently working on, and to find key moments within our campaigning where we can support each other. This is not limited only to those working on climate change, but also includes volunteers, supporters, and members of different campaigning organisations.

 

The meeting is on 10th June from 7-9 pm in the October Gallery (24 Old Gloucester St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL).

 

As a community we are many, but we are often spread out. By working together we can have the public presence that we know we should have.

 

There will be a dedicated space at the meeting for all representatives from campaigning organisations to share what they are currently working on, with the aim to encourage cross support for all our activities from campaigning organisations, supporters of the anti-climate change cause, and volunteers.

 

The programme for the evening

Introduction: John Stewart Chair of CCC and Suzanne Jeffrey Vice Char of CCC

Film: A short film on the Time to Act campaign so far, with statements from supporters.

What's happening: A space for everyone who represents a group or organisation to have time to share what they are currently working on.

Break

Time To Act: Fiona Brookes will briefly talk about the background to the Time To Act campaign. Fiona will also speak about COP 21 and our plans to mark it, and events already planned within the this campaign.

March 7th 2015, Mobilisation and Carnival: Peter Coville (CCC Steering committee member) will give a presentation on the mobilisation, talk about how people can get involved, and will be taking questions afterwards.

 

 

First Organising Meeting for National Student Climate Occupations: In association with the COP21 in Paris - Dec 2015

 

 

 

In 2015 the 21st Conference of Parties will be taking place in Paris. Students in Paris will be occupying their universities on Monday 7 December, and on the Tuesday they will be dancing out of the colleges onto the streets and asking everyone to join them.

 

As a result Students from Oxford, Cambridge and Warwick are calling for action at the time of COP21 in Paris 2015.

 

CCC is organising a meeting to discuss plans to occupy and other actions at the time of COP21. The meeting will be a chance to talk to other student groups about what obstacles there might be for these actions, and how we might overcome them.

 

Venue: Chadswell Healthy Living Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Chadswell, Harrison Street, London, WC1H 8JE

Join us on our Facebook event!

 

Climate change is serious, and the leaders of the world are not acting. We must come out of Paris in a spirit ready to carry on the fight for the Earth. More information on how to get involved with actions or start your own, is on our website.

 

 

 

Take Action: CCC Actions & Allies’ Actions

 

 

Reclaim Shakespeare Company: Viking Flash mob June 15th

Join us next Sunday June 15th at 3pm, for the grand finale of the theatrical protest group the Reclaim Shakespeare Company’s pop-up protests, targeting the BP-sponsored British Museum with a piece of mass interactive theatre.

 

This is the last in a series, but surely not the last protest against the British Museum’s heavily BP-branded Vikings Exhibition.

With your help, the company is planning to bring a Viking inspired longship into the Great Court of the Museum, in order to give BP a Viking funeral.

No experience of ship-building or transportation is required, and there will plenty of roles that don’t require heavy lifting.

 

To sign up for the action, email info@bp-or-not-bp.org and they will send you a short message with some simple instructions for your part in the performance. Learn these instructions and then be in the Museum at the appointed time to join the horde. You don’t need to dress as a Viking (although this is very much encouraged). You can also show your support by “joining” this Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/811387198874308

 

Sign up and we'll see you there, and please do share this callout far and wide!


 

Stop Cameron's new Fracking Law!

 

David Cameron wants to change the law so fracking companies can drill under our homes without permission.  But the plans can’t go through without MPs votes, so if we can get them to see how unpopular Cameron's idea is, they'll think twice before voting it through when the time comes.

 

Sign now and leave a comment for your MP. We'll include them when we deliver the petition, and we've teamed up with Friends of the Earth to increase our strength.

 

To get involved in more actions check out our Take Action Now page.

 

 

March 7th 2015, Mass Action & Carnival

 

As part of our Time to Act on climate change campaign and as part of our mobilisation leading up to the COP talks, CCC will be leading a march and carnival with the support and involvement of a myriad of different organisations, supporters, and volunteers.

 

There will be five different blocks, each leaving from a different location, with speeches and action(s)/stunt(s) at each location. The blocks are: Jobs & Transport; Energy; Food; Water; Finance. Each block will have a giant prop inspired by it i.e. Water= Giant tap etc, and action attendees will carry and set off ringing alarm clocks outside of Parliament.

 

After the speeches and actions every block will head towards parliament, initially converging at Ludgate before continuing the march together to Parliament. Provisions will be made for those who have difficulty walking long distances.

 

There will also be a big board with the demands, so it is clear to everyone why we are there. Afterwards there will be live music and poetry.

 

More information on the action will be given at the Time to Act Climate Change meeting on Tuesday 10th June.

 

It was highlighted at the AGM the block Biodiversity/species loss was missing, and it needs to be included. Ideally it should be integrated without adding another block, possibly by combining two of the other blocks – Attributed block name: Natural world.

 

If anyone has suggestions on how to integrate a Biodiversity/species loss block without adding a sixth block please get in contact with us at: info@campaigncc.org with the subject heading Biodiversity block.

 

 

Reel News & One Million Climate Jobs @ Glastonbury

 

 

Reel News will be hosting a talk at Glastonbury this year, on Thursday 26th June; 1:00pm. The talk is on climate jobs and will include talks and discussions on the top.

 

If you would like to attend or for more information please email Reel news at info@reelnews.co.uk with the subject Fliss Premru: Glastonbury – Climate Jobs.

 

Also feel free to like Reel News on Facebook.

 

 

People’s Assembly Demonstration against Austerity: June 21st - No More Austerity: Demand the Alternative

 

 

Organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, this is a good opportunity to show solidarity between climate and economic justice activists, and build stronger links within our movements.

 

The march is a stand against austerity and will start from the BBC’s London Headquarters, culminating outside Parliament. Meet at 1pm, BBC HQ, Portland Place, the nearest tube station is Oxford Circus.

 

Coaches are being organised from across the country - get in touch with your local People's Assembly group for transport details: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/local-groups

 

If you are not able to attend, please do sign their petition: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/peoplespetition

For more information, head to the people assembly’s website.
 

 

 

Reclaim the Power Action Camp: Take on the Frackers! August 14th - 20th

 

 

Reclaim the Power and No Dash For Gas will be hosting an action camp later on this year, from the 14th – 20th August. It will

be held at a fracking site, the exact location and travel information will be revealed nearer the time, in order to keep the fracking industry in suspense.

 

Through this action camp, you will be supporting a community on the frontline, fighting fracking, and joining the dots between

climate, social and economic justice. Alternatives to fracking exist, a million climate jobs could be created from alternatives,

demands on energy could be reduced, and individuals could convert to community and publicly owned renewables.

 

At the camp you will share skills, meet friends, participate in workshops and take mass civil disobedience.

Get involved and get inspired - let's take on the Frackers and win!

 

For more information on the event and to keep up-to-date, like the event on Facebook or visit No Dash For Gas’s website

 

 

 

Updates on events past and current:

 

 

Climate and Energy Revolution Tour

 

 

In the middle of all this we've also begun our climate and energy tour.

 

So far we have visited Valley Wind Cooperative in Huddersfield, and Baywind Cooperative in Cumbria. Both visits were incredibly inspiring. We’ve worked with some incredible people so far and we are hugely grateful to have been hosted by them.

 

The objective of this tour is to make a film promoting community energy projects that take back power away from corporations and Government, whilst tackling climate change. We want to show that renewable energy really works, and use the film as a campaigning tool that highlights renewable energy as a solution to climate change.

 

The end result will be a film called Time To Act on Climate Change: Join the Energy Revolution.

 

We hope to inspire people who see this film to take action in their own communities, drawing confidence from the projects they see in this film. As well as giving much deserved recognition to the people who are leading the way in this energy revolution.

 

I, Leia, have been writing blogs about our experiences so far, and they are up on our Climate & Energy Revolution Tour page.

 

 

 

AGM:

 

 

Last weekend on Saturday 31st May we had our 2014 AGM, at University of London Union.

 

There were a lot of new faces, and some old faces from a few years ago who we haven’t seen in a while. It was great to reconnect with supporters, and to also connect with new supporters and other interested parties.

 

We got through a lot in the AGM, and amongst other things elected a new steering committee, presented the logistics of the March 7th march, and updated the meeting on the Time to Act campaign. The full minutes from the AGM can be downloaded from here.

 

 

 

Cabaret Fundraiser:

 

 

An immense thank you to everyone who came to our Cabaret Fundraiser last Saturday after the AGM; the fundraiser proved to be a great destination for allowing everyone to talk, have fun, and unwind after the AGM.

 

The Cabaret night had something for everybody, the acts were fantastic, the food was tasty, and the drinks were flowing. The night included performances from Anna Chen, Charles Shaar Murray, Pete Deane and Marie McCormack

 

It was a great night that additionally allowed us to raise funds which will help our organisation to continue tackling the problem of climate change.

 

Thank you to everyone who came and helped us while the night away, and raise funds!

 

 

Climate Change in the news:

 

Obama says carbon pollution caps will 'protect health of vulnerable' – as it happened

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/02/obama-climate-change-carbon-emissions-live

First major tar sands oil shipment arrives in Europe amid protests

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/06/first-tar-sands-oil-shipment-arrives-in-europe-amid-protests

Climate contrarians accidentally confirm the 97% global warming consensus

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/jun/05/contrarians-accidentally-confirm-global-warming-consensus

Totally rubbish: Britain risks turning into a nation of wasters

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/totally-rubbish-britain-risks-turning-into-a-nation-of-wasters-9436673.html

Climate change will hit price of cereal and household basics next, report claims

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-will-hit-price-of-cereal-and-household-basics-next-report-claims-9402143.html

Flash flooding to become norm in southern England says Met Office

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10868510/Flash-flooding-to-become-norm-in-southern-England-says-Met-Office.html

Barack Obama makes long-promised move to put US ahead on climate change

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10870992/Barack-Obama-makes-long-promised-move-to-put-US-ahead-on-climate-change.html

 

 

Videos of interest:

 

David Attenborough: 'Climate Change - Britain Under Threat'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq1oFhTINXE

Dog Wood Alliance: Our Forests Aren't Fuel

http://dia.dogwoodalliance.org/p/salsa/web/questionnaire/public/?questionnaire_KEY=1656

 

 

More ways to get involved!

 

To get the latest news of meetings, campaign events and online actions, sign up for our emails or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Please consider making a regular donation, if you don't already. We are a small organisation and need the financial security which helps us respond to events as quickly as possible. (Could you help fundraise for us? Get in touch!)

 

Could you please forward this email to any friends who may be interested? Thank you.

 

 

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Leia, Fiona, Jack, Amelie, and the CCC Team

 

May 2014 Newsletter

Campaign against Climate Change May 2014 Newsletter

 

Conference

Cabaret Fundraiser

Energy Tour

AGM - 31st May 2014

Climate Change in the news

More ways to get involved!

 

May saw the start of an exciting time for CCC with our first International Conference of the year, (3rd-4th May). Our Energy Tour is next up, and we are also holding our AGM, and a Cabaret fundraising night at the end of the month. Here's a rundown of what has happened, and what is still to come in May.

 

''Power Shift UK: Breaking Down the Barriers'' Conference:

 

 

 

Last Weekend (3rd – 4th May) we held our joint conference with Global Power Shift UK (GPS-UK) at UCL University. The aim was to create a diverse learning space for attendees to share their ideas, experiences, and learn from each other and our guest speakers.


The conference was hugely successful, with about 140 people attending across the weekend. The seminars and workshops received high praise from attendees, and there has been talk of GPS-UK helping to facilitate two more conferences around the UK.


Conference resources:


One of the outcomes of the conference was to create a temporary shared Google calendar in which all those signed up, could list their events for each other to see. This will be used until Climate Coalition launches its online communications and engagement platform, which will act as an area to connect professionals, individuals, and organisations, and also allow for resources and information to be shared.


The majority of the conference itself was filmed, and we'’ll be posting links to the footage and typed-up conference notes shortly.

 


Cabaret Fundraiser:
          

 


With the excitement of our successful joint Conference with GPS-UK, we now have at the end of the month our Cabaret Fundraiser.


The event is open to everyone and directly after our 2014 AGM, and of course anyone attending our AGM during the day and looking to unwind in the evening with fellow supporters, is more than welcome.


It is set to be a fantastic evening filled with laughter, fun, tasty food, good music, debate, and satire, and some new faces.


There’s sure to be something for everyone, shows and activities include: poetry performance(s), satire sketches and live music, with reasonably priced drinks, a free tasty buffet and our special green non-alcoholic cocktail which is free upon entry!


Do not miss out on the opportunity of having a great time whilst helping our organisation to continue to tackle the problem of climate change.

 

Tickets can be bought here:
The prices are £10 for a waged ticket and £7 for students and concessions.

 

Location:

Amnesty International UK
25 New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EA


We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday 31st May.

 


Energy Tour:
                          

 

In the middle of all this we’'ve also been arranging our energy tour, set to commence the week of the 12th May.  We will be visiting a number of community energy projects and energy cooperatives around the UK, including the Wind-energy project at Valley Winds, Kirklees, and the range of Solar/ Insulation energy projects at Wren, Cornwall.


We are making a film to promote community projects that take back power away from corporations and Government, whilst tackling climate change. The objective of this film is to not only show that renewable energy really works, but also as a campaigning tool that pushes the solutions to climate change.


We hope to inspire people who see this film to take action in their own communities, drawing confidence from the projects they see in this film. As well as giving much deserved recognition to the people who are leading the way in this energy revolution.


The footage that we film will be turned into a short film to display the advantages of renewable energy and energy efficiency which we can show at Time To Act public meetings, and distribute to our local groups.

 

AGM - 31st May 2014:

 

                                                     

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this May 31st. All are welcome to attend, however only Members & Supporters have the right to vote at our AGMs.

If you have a standing order with us then you are a member, as well as everyone who signed up for membership from October 2013 onwards. For non-members and non-supporters you will be able to sign up for membership in order to qualify for voting, on the door.

Our AGM will include:


Report from the Chair
Feedback on 2013, and update on 2014 events
Resolutions & Nominations for the Steering Group (Only Members & Supporters have the right to vote)
Guest speakers
Approval of accounts


If you would like to submit a resolution or a motion, please email info@campaigncc.org with the subject AGM 2014.

We're all looking forward to seeing you there! And don't forget our Cabaret Fundraiser is directly afterwards at Amnesty International UK.

  

 

Climate Change in the news:


White House unveils climate change report with 'urgent' call for action – live
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/06/white-house-climate-change-report-live-updates


Climate change affects us all. So what's stopping us joining forces to act on it?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/06/climate-change-affects-all-solutions-new-york-summit


The top ten global warming 'skeptic' arguments answered
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/may/06/top-ten-global-warming-skeptic-arguments-debunked


UK energy too cheap, says study
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/06/uk-energy-too-cheap-newcastle-university


Australia risks ‘going backwards’ on climate change and straining Pacific ties
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/05/australia-risks-going-backwards-on-climate-change-and-straining-pacific-ties

 


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Please consider making a regular donation. We are a very small organisation and need the financial security which helps us respond to events as quickly as possible. (Could you help fundraise for us? Get in touch!)

Could you please forward this email to any friends who may be interested? Thank you.

 

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Campaign against Climate Change Spring 2014 Newsletter

CCC have an exciting year planned ahead of us, with May being a particularly full month.

Since our last newsletter we have been working on a number of Conferences scheduled for May and December, we are also holding our AGM, a cabaret fundraising night, and there is more. Here's a snapshot of some of the events, conferences, meetings we have planned for the year that we will be putting into action with the help and involvement of a lot of our dedicated & lovely supporters:

 

Power Shift UK: Breaking Down the Barriers & Diversifying the Climate Movement Conference

AGM - 31st May 2014

IPCC Report & BBC - 31st March 2014

CCC Cabaret Fundraising Event - 31st May 2014 

Time to Act: Community Energy Tour - April 2014-May 2014 

Allies' Events:  Biofuelwatch: Biomess Awards - 9th April 2014

Tipping Point for the Climate?

Come along to our London group meeting!

Climate Change in the News

More ways to get Involved!

 

Power Shift UK: Breaking Down the Barriers & Diversifying the Climate Movement Conference

3rd - 4th May

Campaign against Climate Change & Global Power Shift UK conference

 

The Conference will be held at UCL University, and aims to create a diverse learning space for attendees to share their ideas, experiences, and learn from each other and our guest speakers. 

The Conference is open to passionate climate crusaders from all walks of society who want to contribute to the debate on Climate Change. We really want the Conference to be a reflection of society as a whole, and so welcome applications from individuals with a diverse background, i.e. a Cosmologist with a penchant for local community conservation projects, in order to create a diverse mix of Conference attendees. 

Programme 

Day 1:
Will largely consist of Workshops for attendees, fostering communication and discussions on outreach programmes on Climate Change and environmental problems, learning in a collective environment that is inviting to all. Our guest speakers will also be giving talks on the day.

Day 2: 
Will put everything learned from the workshops into practice, and be aimed at planning a joint strategy to reach out and help mobilise support and engagement from a wide range of participants, to help diversify the UK's climate change action movement.  

Both days provide a setting for like-minded individuals to mix and mingle with each other and discuss vital Climate Change issues and potential solutions. There are only 100 spaces available, so remember to save the date for May 3rd and 4th, and look out in your emails for application details for what is sure to be a fantastic Conference and experience. 

 

AGM - 31st May 2014

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this May 31st. All are welcome to attend, however only Members & Supporters have the right to vote at our AGMs. For non-members and non-supporters you will be able to sign up for membership in order to qualify for voting, on the door. 

Our AGM will include:

  • Report from the Chair
  • Feedback on 2013, and update on 2014 events
  • Resolutions & Nominations for the Steering Group (Only Members & Supporters have the right to vote)
  • Guest speakers
  • Approval of accounts

If you would like to submit a resolution or a motion, please email info@campaigncc.org with the subject AGM 2014.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

CCC Cabaret Fundraising Event - 31st May 2014

 

After our AGM we are holding a night of fun and live entertainment within the walls of Amnesty International's London Offices.
We would like to invite you to our Cabaret Fundrasing event [hyperlink these words], that will feature satirical-sketches, poetry  
performances and an auction. A tasty buffet will be provided with both vegetarian, and vegan alternatives, along with a range of alcoholic and  
non-alcoholic drinks; including CCC's famed Special non-alcoholic cocktail, free upon entry. 

Tickets can be purchased from our website here, and on the night.

Do not miss out on the opportunity of having a great time whilst helping our organisation continue to tackle the problems of Climate Change.

 

Time to Act: Community Energy Tour - April 2014-May 2014    

All rights reserved by: Pixie Pix (Thelms Eye)

As part of our Time to Act 2014-2015 Campaign, we will be going on a tour to highlight some of the UK’s fantastic Community Renewable Energy projects currently in action and create a campaigning film focusing on the solutions.

We will be visiting around 7 different Community Renewable Energy Projects, all across the UK, from Brixton, London to Colne Valley, Huddersfield. 

The aim of the tour is to increase awareness of the alternatives to our current energy sources and distribution, collecting evidence that we don't need fossil fuels.

We will be interviewing with members of staff involved in the project, taking pictures and video footage of the projects and the project members. The Footage gathered will be turned into a short film, which we use to campaign ahead of the 2015 General Elections. 

The film will be used as an educational tool highlighting the importance of renewable energy, being shown at CCC meetings, also available online for anyone who wants a copy.    

 

Allies' Events:

BiofuelwatchBiomess Awards - 9th April 2014     

On the 9th and 10th of April the Argus European Biomass Trading 2014 Conference commences, which includes a gala dinner and awards ceremony to recognise “outstanding contributions” to the biomass industry. These ''contributions'' include a firm's ability to burn biomass, produce harmful substances, destroy the environment and creating social injustice. Representatives from E.On, RWE, Drax, Eggborough and GDF Suez, and UK businesses MGT Power and Helius and many other large biomass industry companies, will be in attendance receiving praise for their ''good work''.

In response, Biofuelwatch are hosting an Alternative Awards Ceremony to show contempt at this celebration. This alternative ceremony is open to anyone concerned about forest destruction, carbon emissions and air pollution, and will be held on the same night as the Argus European Biomass Trading Awards Ceremony, outside Gibson Hall, on Wednesday 9th April.

Biofuelwatch will be ''welcoming'' attendees with banners and placards, and presenting their alternative “Biomess Award” to the Biggest Biomass Baddie at the conference, who will be chosen by the public. To vote for the Winner of the Biggest Biomass Baddie Award, members of the public are encouraged to cast their vote in the run up to the event on Biofuelwatch's website.

Event Address:
Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3BA; Near Bank, Monument and Liverpool tube stations.

Tipping Point for the Climate? 

A call to NGOs and local groups to sign up to a clear statement of climate science.

The Kirklees Campaign against Climate Change has drawn up the Tipping Point declaration – an eight point statement about the causes and impacts of climate change both now and in the future. Originally the basis of a local campaign, they are now using this for a wider initiative to raise awareness of climate science.

We need to stop talking about whether 2C is 'politically feasible' and start listening to the scientists. The Campaign against Climate Change encourages national and local organisations to sign up to this declaration and use it to help wake up decision makers to the reality of climate change here and now. 

To read the Tipping Point declaration and find out how your group can sign up to it, click here.

 

Latest IPCC Report & the BBC - 31st March 2014                                               

The latest section of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Assessment Report 5 Part 2, is due to be released on Monday 31st March. This critical report is the most comprehensive and authoritative investigation into the impact of climate change ever undertaken. Following the IPCC's report last year into the physical science of a warming world, this new report sets out the impacts on humans and ecosystems. And its conclusions are already known to be alarming.

The BBC are a public service, paid for by us, and we need them to uphold their obligation to us by reporting the IPCC's finding accurately. Take action now, and tell the BBC how important it is for them to report this accurately.

 

Come along to our London Group Meeting!

Time: 2nd April 2014, 6.30pm

Venue: TBA

It's time for us to get back on the streets! We are planning some stunts and actions, and we want to hear your thoughts. We also welcome discussion, thoughts, tactics, that you want to share.

Keep a look out on our upcoming events section of the website, facebook page and twitter for update on location.

                                                     

Climate Change in the news

Evidence for human-induced climate change grows as 2013 is revealed as the sixth-hottest on record

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/evidence-for-humaninduced-climate-change-grows-as-2013-is-revealed-as-the-sixthhottest-on-record-9212971.html

Climate change impacts and adaptation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26715589

Climate change: we've put off the difficult decisions for too long

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10701265/Climate-change-weve-put-off-the-difficult-decisions-for-too-long.html

How to teach ... Earth Hour

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/mar/24/how-to-teach-earth-hour

 

More ways to get involved!

To get the latest news of meetings, campaign events and online actions, sign up for our emails or follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Please consider making a regular donation. We are a very small organisation and need the financial security which helps us respond to events as quickly as possible. (Could you help fundraise for us? Get in touch!)

Could you please forward this email to any friends who may be interested.

2013 Newsletters

17th April 2013

Campaign against Climate Change April Newsletter

We've had an exciting month in the CCC Office with the arrival of lovely new people to the team!

In the form of Abi who is an Outreach Campaigner who will be making links with you soon, Danya who looks after our Campaign Communications, Jack who will be speaking to you through social media - is a Digital Campaigner, and Rory who is exploring potential sources of finance as Fundraiser.

With the rise of the extreme energy industry still unabated, biofuels insidiously creeping into the energy mix, brave activists needing our support and solidarity as well as opportunities to have fun whilst doing a good deed, there is a lot to be getting on with!


Go to a Festival for Climate Change

London Meeting

Camp Frack 2

Draxtic Action

EDF* Off

Extreme Energy Gathering

Confronting the Climate Crisis Conference

Climate Change in the News

 

Go to a Festival for Climate Change

Campaign against Climate Change has partnered with The Workers Beer Company, who provide the best bars to be found in UK festivals, so that CCC supporters are able to go to a festival for free in return for working a shift behind the bar.

You are given free access to the festival, free transport to the festival site (from London), free access to an exclusive camping area (with its own toilets, showers and subsidised canteen), free food and drinks vouchers. . .

PLUS: for every hour you work behind the bar £6.50 will be donated to the campaign!

So, which festivals are available?

Glastonbury is now full but Latitude, Leeds and Reading Festival still have places left.

For more info on how to apply and what's involved see here.

 

London Meeting: Monday 22nd April


SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) Main Building, Room 279, from 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Thornhaugh Street, off Russell Square, WC1H 0XG, 5 minute walk from Russell Square tube station (Map here).

Agenda:

- Camp Frack 2 Planning Session (CCC dedicated area, Stewards, Workshops, Films, Kitchen, Networking opportunities, etc)

- CCC Fundraiser - 8th June (following CCC Trade Union conference)

- Upcoming Events and flyering

- AOB

After the meeting we will go for some drinks. Newcomers are always welcome!

Feel free to share comments on the agenda if you can't make it!

 

Camp Frack 2: 10th - 12th May

10-12th May 2013 - Mere Brow, near Tarleton, PR4 6JX, Next to 'Leisure Lakes', Lancashire

Organised by a coalition of local and national anti-fracking, Trade Union and environmental groups including Campaign against Climate Change, REAF, RAFF, FFF, Merseyside Against Fracking, Friends of the Earth & Gtr Manchester Assoc. of Trade Union Councils, Frack Off and many more!

TIMETABLE:
Friday 10th: 5.30pm-11pm (transport at midday from London, see below)
Saturday 11th: 10.30am-11pm - Workshops, music, etc.
Sunday 12th: Protest Action - Assemble at 11am
 
Programme includes live music, presentations and workshops, film showings, discussions on campaign strategy, children's entertainment, poetry, protest action and lots more!
 
Due to the cost of the event we will need to charge £12 per pitch for camping (includes free admission to the entire event) and day tickets are £2 for adults, £1 for under 18s, £5 for a family.
 
Campaign against Climate Change are organising a coach from London leaving on Friday 10th (lunch time) and returning to London on Sunday 12th after the march (please check the website for updates).
 
Want to help? (This will grant you free access to the event and meal vouchers).
We are looking for stewards, first aiders, cooks and artists: please email us now at info@campaigncc.org.
 
More information to come. In the meantime, join us on facebook and help us promote the event!
 
 

Taking DRAXtic Action: Wednesday 24th April

Biofuel Watch are calling for an action to be held outside the DRAX Annual General Meeting, to highlight the absurdity of converting the power station from coal fire powered to biomass.

This is falsely decribed as part of the solution to the energy crisis, when in fact it only deepens the damage we are doing to our forests and woodland, ensures that energy prices stay unaffordable and does not help us to meet our climate change targets.

We will be gathering at 12noon, at Grocer's Hall, Princes Street, EC2R 8AD.

Other organisations supporting this action, as well as Campaign against Climate Change, are: Carbon Trade Watch, Christian Ecology Link, Climate Justice Collective, Coal Action Network, Coal Action Scotland,  Colombia Solidarity Campaign, Corporate Watch, Frack Free Somerset, Fuel Poverty Action, Gaia Foundation, London Mining Network, London Rising Tide, Occupy London Energy, Equity and Environment Group, Rising Tide UK and World Development Movement.

 

EDF* Off: An Occupy Energy, Equity and Environment Group Assembly

EEE assembly to support No Dash for Gas: Friday 26th April, 6.30pm-9pm at SOAS room G2.

Speakers include: Danielle Paffard from No Dash for Gas, Theo Simon - Hinkley activist and band member of Seize the Day, a contributor from the 'EDF Off' switching energy provider website and a representative from the Blacklist Support Group.

Come and find out about what EDF is up to - from trapping us into a high carbon future, shutting down the right to protest as well as taking part in union organising, to a nuclear waste legacy that will last thousands of years - and how WE can unite to build a movement to fight EDF and the Big 6 Energy Companies.

To find out more please see here.
 
 

Extreme Energy Gathering: 27th - 28th April

Merci Centre in Manchester on the weekend of 27/28th April 2013.

Groups that are against fracking (though it may not be their sole issue) are coming together to plan, strategise and skill share to build local resistance to extreme energy extraction, refinement and production.

"Empowering and connecting communities to resist this destruction is crucial. The gathering aims to provide a space to allow diverse campaigns to meet, share information and support each other. In particular it is intended to help network people who are organising to resist including those from threatened communities."

For individuals planning travel arrangements, the Gathering will be starting at 10am on Saturday 27th (with tea from 9:30am) and finishing 4.30pm on Sunday 28th April. However crash space and food will be available from 6pm on the Friday night (please let us know if you are planning to arrive on Friday).

For more info please visit the event site here.

 
 
Confronting the Climate Crisis Conference:  Saturday 8th June
 
London Metropolitan University, Stapleton House, 277 Holloway Road, London, N7 8HN, 11:00am until 5:00pm
 
As part of the One Million Climate Jobs initiative the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group is holding a conference bringing together climate scientists, politicians, trade unionists & environmental activists.
 
The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group has published two reports on the potential for "One Million Climate Jobs" to deal both with unemployment and to reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%. This, our fourth conference, will explore how we can continue to fight for these jobs in an era of austerity. But it will also be an opportunity for trade unions to listen to climate scientists and understand what is happening to our weather and our environment.

Speakers include: Professor Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tynedale Centre for Climate Change Research; Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA; Chris Baugh, Deputy General Secretary, PCS; Suzanne Jeffrey, Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group; Andreas Ytterstad, Union of Concerned Scientists (Norway) and author of Norwegian Climate Jobs report.
 
To register for tickets please click here
 
 

Climate Change in the News:

British children 'deeply concerned' about the impact of climate change
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/17/british-children-deeply-concerned-climate-change

Grassroot-level innovations may hold the key to global challenges
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/apr/17/grassroots-innovation-solutions

Why it's time to end China-bashing on the environment
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/apr/16/time-end-china-bashing-environment

 

14th March 2013

Campaign against Climate Change March Newsletter

Let's get going!

Now that we have finalised our main programme of work for the year at the Annual General Meeting, spoken to you about what you want the campaign to continue doing and what you like to see us explore, our fires are stoked and we are ready to launch back into the fight against climate change!

Lots has been happening in the climate and environmental activist community this month, with EDF's mad lawsuit and the Energy Bill threatening to lock us into a fatal energy mix, as well as exciting campaigning events on the horizon.

We look forward to seeing you on the streets soon!
 

Annual General Meeting
Energy Bill update
London Group Meeting (Now on Tuesday 19th)
No Dash for Gas vigil - EDF*off!
Camp Frack 2


Annual General Meeting

The campaign is off to a good start with a meeting full of discussion and debates, and with 5 new members coming onto the steering group. The minutes of the meeting are now available here and the results of the resolutions here. You can also find video reports from the Guest Speakers using the links below:

Tisha Brown, Frack Off London

Emily Coats, No Tar Sands Network

Ken Montague, Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group

Duncan Law, Biofuel Watch

Sarah Clayton, Airport Watch

Ruth London, Fuel Poverty Action Group (part of Climate Justice Collective)
 

 

Energy Bill

Last month we shared with you Greenpeace's online action to contact the LibDems ahead of the vote on the proposed amendments to the Energy Bill in late March. We've recently discovered that the vote might not happen until some point in May.

This gives us more time to lobby the LibDems who said that they would support the changes, if other people did.

Stop Climate Chaos Coalition have come up with a list of the top MPs to lobby ahead of the vote. If your MP is listed below, please contact them and urge them to support the cross-party amendments proposed by Tim Yeo MP.

Mr Simon Hughes MP
Mr David Ward MP
Sir Bob Russell MP
Ms Claire Perry MP
Mr Mike Crockart MP
The Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP
Mr Robert Buckland MP
Mr Adrian Sanders MP
Mr Peter Aldous MP
Mr Graham Evans MP
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Mr Jason McCartney MP
Mr Neil Carmichael MP
Mr  Oliver Colvile MP
Mr Ian Swales MP

Also, happening all over the country are "Energy We Can All Afford" meetings. We urge you to attend them!

 

London Group meeting

To give people with the opportunity to join the EDF*off vigil on Wednesday 20th (see details below) we have decided to move the meeting to Tuesday.

Tuesday 19th March, 7-8.30pm

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) 

Russell Square, WC1B, 5 minute walk from Russell Square Tube stationCampus Map here.

After an exciting AGM, we are keen to get going and start our plans for 2013! So please join us to discuss ideas and projects.

On the agenda:

London group structure - do we want to keep it as it is and focus on national events or do we also want to do London-based projects?

Camp Frack 2 (10-12th May) - planning session (details here)

Energy Bill update 

Public meetings - suggestions

COP caravan (November) - sharing ideas

AOB

After the meeting we will go for some drinks. Newcomers are always welcome!

 

No Dash for Gas vigil - EDF*off - Wednesday 20th March, 5pm onwards, EDF HQ

Supported by the Campaign against Climate Change

'On Wednesday 20th March, most of the twenty-one campaigners from No Dash For Gas will be sentenced for their part in a protest at an EDF power station. There is a possibility that some of them may be jailed. If they are, we will stand with them.

Last year they abseiled into the flues of the West Burton gas-fired plant and lived inside the chimneys, blocking the plant’s scheduled opening the following day and stopping 20,000 tonnes of CO2 over the course of their week-long occupation. They were incredibly brave, they did what they did in the name of climate justice, and now they need us.

If they receive jail sentences it will be a turning point for our movement. It will be the first time that climate campaigners have been jailed in Britain, and we will mark that moment. They’ll know that on their first evening in prison we're outside EDF’s headquarters in Victoria, London, standing with them.'

Join the event on facebook!

And don't forget to visit the EDF*off website, and switch EDF*off as your energy supplier now!

 

Join us for Camp Frack 2!

10-12th May 2013 - Mere Brow, near Tarleton, Lancashire

Organised by a Coalition of Anti-Fracking, Trades Union and Environmental Groups including REAFRAFFFFF, Merseyside Against fracking, Friends of the Earth & Gtr Manchester Assoc. of Trades Union Councils, Frack Off and Campaign against Climate Change.
 
In September 2011 the Campaign against Climate Change, Frack Off, REAF and other climate groups organised Camp Frack (1) to protest against plans by Cuadrilla Resources to drill for shale gas. However, it seems like the message wasn't loud enough so JOIN US again for CAMP FRACK 2 and a weekend of activity in opposition to fracking and other forms of extreme energy & in support of the fight for ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS.
 
Including Live Music, Presentations, Film Showings, Discussions on Campaign Strategy, Poetry, Protest Action, and more!
 
Watch the website for updates. In the meantime, join us on facebook!

 

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18th December 2013

Campaign against Climate Change Winter Newsletter

It's been a busy few months at Campaign against Climate Change. Since our last newsletter we've been all over the place - from attending the COP in Warsaw to manning the barricades at Balcome; running events with various coalition groups; launching our new campaign - and moving offices. Here's a snapshot of some of the things that we've got up to since the summer - with the help and involvement of a lot of our dedicated supporters:

Time To Act! Launch
Events and Public Meetings
Fracking at Barton Moss Update
Biofuels Letter hand in with Biofuelwatch
Church of England Fossil Free Survey
Christmas Shopping at Housmans
We're back in Kings Cross
Some of our Latest Blog Posts

Time to Act! Launch

Earlier this year we launched our new campaign called Time to Act! focusing on UK Energy and the UK's Energy Policy. We’re at a crossroads in the future of UK energy; on the one side unconventional fuels like shale gas and tar sands, on the other renewables like wind and solar. Renewables are the only long-term solution which will secure a fairer future for all and help to combat the problems that we are facing.

The Time to Act! Campaign is designed to help bring about a new energy future. We need the government to realise that there is another way - one that promises action on these interlinked social & environmental problems.Working with grassroots communities and making links with renewable energy projects, we´re building a base of lobbyists prepared to bring the political pressure needed to help us show the Government and the European Commission what a future that works looks like. 

Events and Public Meetings
Over the last couple of months we have had a number of public meetings and events, from solidarity vigils to public meetings, here's feedback on a couple of them.

Philipinnes Vigil
Two weeks after the devestating Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philipinnes with deadly force, we gathered at the Philipinnes Embassy in London to stand in solidarity with all of those affected by the typhoon. We lit candles and messages of solidarity and support were read. This date also coincided with the end of the COP19 talks in Warsaw where Yeb Sa
ño, the Climate Commissioner for the Philippines, made an impassioned plea for action: 
"Superstorm Haiyan is a climate nightmare -- carbon pollution is driving more frequent and intense storms which are devastating vulnerable communities. New realities require new politics, I urge you to stop the sad tradition of feet-dragging on commitments to cut pollution, and breaking promises on finance"
We send all of our support to those who are still suffering from the impacts of Super Tyhoon Haiyan in the Philipinnes.

​​International Insights - What we can learn from the latest IPCC report and COP19

The International Insights meeting was a great success, with a range of speakers updating us on a number of topics; 

  • Greenpeace UK's Chief Scientist Doug Parr spoke on the latest climate science,
  • CCC's National Coordinator Fiona Brookes, spoke about her experiences in Warsaw at the COP19 talks, 
  • Graham Petersen spoke as the UCU representative on the International Trade Union Confederation delegation at COP19,
  • Carla Montemayor, a Philippine relief and reconstruction campaigner, shared with us updates of what is happening in the Philippines.

The meeting highlighted the importance of the interconnectedness of the problems that we face due to the impacts of climate change and how the only way to help solve and mitigate further problems is with a holistic approach.

Time to Act! Climate, Fuel Poverty and Energy Reform
Campaign against Climate Change and Fuel Poverty Action teamed up to hold a meeting called 'Time to Act: Climate, Fuel Poverty and Energy Reform'. The event focused on the connection between fuel poverty and climate change; that by addressing climate change through a better energy policy, we can solve social injustices such as fuel poverty.
The speakers at the event were:

  • Claire from Fuel Poverty Action,
  • Jonas, a representative of the climate working group of FeIS, (Für eine linke Strömung), which is part of the Berliner-Energietisch coalition which recently organised and mobilised for a referendum on the ownership of the Berlin energy grid,
  • CCC's National Coordinator Fiona Brookes.

The meeting really struck a chord with the attendees and there were some great discussions from the floor about the UK's energy problems and what the UK's Energy Future could look like.

Fracking at Barton Moss Update

After the success story that was Balcombe, the fracking companies moved up to the 'desolate north,' but if they thought they would have it easy up there, they were wrong. Campaign against Climate Change is supporting the Barton Moss Protection Site and the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group organised a rally that attracted support from anti-fracking groups from across the North West. Around 250 people marched behind a Samba band to the IGas drilling site and rattled the gates so vigorously that the company had to reinforce them with a JCB. There were banners from Salford University and College Union, Salford UNISON, Salford and Manchester Trades Councils and the GM Public Transport Unison branch. Speakers included the Vice-President of the Bakers Union, representatives of local Labour Party and the Greens, and the Chair of London Region RMT, which has recently passed an anti-fracking motion. The rally preceding the march had one minute's silence for Nelson Mandela and ended by singing "Free Nelson Mandela!". 

Read the full report and watch a selection of the speeches on our website

Biofuels Letter hand in with Biofuelwatch
On Wednesday 18th December we joined forces with Biofuelwatch, FOE and UKWIN to hand in a letter demanding the dropping of biomass and energy-to-waste projects from the UK Guarantee Scheme. The Government is ploughing ahead with the UK Guarantee Scheme, where private companies are guaranteed that, if anything goes wrong with their investment, the government will pay back their loans for them out of general taxation.  In other words, tax payers carry the risk of private investments. Energy companies have been at the forefront of applying for such guarantees, such as the Drax Power Station, allowing them to stay open and keep burning coal as well as increasing amounts of imported wood pellets that have been linked to the destruction of highly biodiverse and carbon rich wetland forests in the southern US.

Read Biofuelwatch's explanation on why the letter is so important here.

Church of England Fossil Free Survey
The Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is reviewing its advice on climate change for the Church’s national investing bodies. This would be a good opportunity for the Church of England to take a clear moral position on this issue and join other organisations divesting from fossil fuel companies. However, we were disappointed to read their stakeholder survey, which is worded in such a way as to make it difficult to express support for action to be taken and contains leading questions against fossil fuel disinvestment.

You can read CCC's full response to the Fossil Free Survey on our website.

Christmas Shopping at Housmans

It's only a couple of weeks left until Christmas now and if you are anything like us in the CCC office you might still have a couple of stockings left to fill. Housmans is an independent, not-for-profit bookshop, specialising in books, zines, and periodicals of radical interest and progressive politics. So this Christmas, rather than using union-busting, tax-avoiding Amazon please support your local bookshop, such as Housmans.

We're back in Kings Cross
Finally, after a couple of busy months of moving offices, the CCC team is back at King's Cross. It has been a very hectic time for us and we would like to apologise if you could not get in contact or we did not get a response out to you as quickly as we should have. We would also like to thank the London Action Recourse Centre (LARC) in Whitechapel for putting us up when we didn't have a home and would urge anyone looking for a space to host events in London to check them out.

Some of our Latest Blog Posts
Stop the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Haiyan: Inside each Newborn Violent Storm is the DNA of the Fossil Fuel Industry and Capitalism
Time to Act! Wake up to Climate Change #4
Food Production and Climate Change: A Global Problem Requires A Global Solution
Columbia in Solidarity with Balcombe over Fracking
Switch to Good Energy: How Divestment Can Help the Climate
IPCC Mythbusting

We're off now for Christmas - but we'll be back in January for another busy year. We wish you all a very happy holiday and New Year.

29th May 2013

Campaign against Climate Change May Newsletter

Well it's been a blustery and active month for the campaign!

For those of you who attended and helped out at Camp Frack 2, you'll know that despite the horrible weather that it was a great event. There were brilliant activities, informative and inspiring speakers and fantastic opportunity to skillshare and network with different groups fighting extreme energy on a variety of levels.

But as one event ends, another approaches in quick succession - Confronting the Climate Crisis Conference

It's not far away, and with a stellar line up of speakers it looks to be every environmentalist's dream symposium for getting up to date with the latest climate science, whilst making connections.

So with that close on the horizon, not to mention the upcoming vote on the Energy Bill,  the People's Assembly, the G8 summit, more anti-fracking events, and the launch of new campaigns over the coming weeks there's lots to do!

Confronting the Climate Crisis Conference

Energy Bill: The Vote

Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change Energy Stunt

The People's Assembly

G8 Week Events

Climate Change in the News

Latest Blogs

 

Confronting the Climate Crisis Conference

Saturday June 8th 11.00-17.00

London Metropolitan University, Stapleton House, 277 Holloway Road, London, N7 8HN

As part of the One Million Climate Jobs initiative the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union group is holding a conference bringing together climate scientists, politicians, trade unionists & environmental activists.

The conference brings together a top line-up of speakers at a time when climate change is becoming ever more relevant:

  • The keynote speaker with be Professor Kevin Anderson, from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, one of the world’s leading – and most radical – experts on climate change.

There will be an international session which will include contributions from Norway, South Africa, America and the Canadian indigenous movement.

The conference will stage a variety of workshops including some on the melting Arctic and our weird weather, led by experts in their field.

Register here.

For more on the CCC Trade Union website, and on the Facebook event.

You can get further directions using this map.


Energy Bill: The Vote

Will the Energy Bill help the UK to cut carbon emissions or open the door to a fossil-fuelled 'dash for gas'?

It's been a long wait, but the date for MPs to vote on a clean power target in the Energy Bill has now been set for 4 June.

In a few weeks  MPs will vote on an amendment which would keep the UK within its legally binding climate change targets. The government would have to set  a limit on CO2 emissions from electricity by 2030 in line with the recommendations of the independent Committee on Climate Change.

With the climate changing, we have no time to lose in putting the brake on our CO2 emissions. This target would give certainty to investors in the UK to start the shift to clean energy. The alternative is to lock in reliance on expensive gas for the UK's energy, smashing our climate targets.

If you haven't written to your MP yet - there's still time! If you've already written, but not had a satisfactory response - it's time to write again! We have lots of tips for replying to Lib Dem and Conservative MPs.

Thanks for all your efforts so far - it's time for the last push!

Read more about the Energy Bill.


Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change Energy Stunt

Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change are doing a final stunt in Holmfirth involving mourners in front of a gravestone, on the “eve” of the vote on the ‘clean energy target’ amendments to the Energy Bill.

The gravestone will be in memory of the different things ‘killed by a dirty energy bill’ (CO2 cuts, jobs, affordable and secure energy) and people will act as mourners looking at the grave.

They will give out the remaining fliers from their ‘clean energy vigil’ which provide information about the vote and urge people to contact their MP through the 38 Degrees website.

Please feel free to turn up and join in! For more information see our event page.

It would be great if some of you could organise your own vigils, for information about how to start yours, download the document at the bottom of the event page here.


The People's Assembly

The People's Assembly is a coalition of groups who are against austerity, and aims to provide a forum for "anti-austerity views which, while increasingly popular, are barely represented in parliament." They want to unite the opposition to austerity and coordinate action together.

We will be going to the National Conference on Saturday 22nd June to encourage the People's Assembly to put climate change on their agenda! Would you like to attend the conference and support the case for a climate change motion within the People's Assembly? Join the event in Westminster! You can find out more information and register here.

If anyone who is attending the People's Assembly Conference is willing to do some flyering for our Confronting the Climate Crisis, please get in touch with us!


G8 Week

There are are lot of things going on in G8 week, including these two series of events.

They Owe Us are a collection of people involved in anti-cuts groups and environmental campaigns. They are organising an event for G8 on Friday 14th June at 12.30 in Canary Wharf, check their website nearer the time for more details.

The Spark is a week of events run by London Roots Campaign, Jubilee Debt Collective, People and Planet, and War on Want. There will be films, discussion, music and social justice workshops happening from 10th - 15th June 2013. The Spark wants people to get together, share skills, train each other and strengthen movements for social and ecomonic justice.

They are holding a workshop on Thursday 13th June called Cuts, Climate, Action! The workshop aims to discuss how we can successfully make the links between economic policies which cause climate change and the devastating impact of austerity. It will also give a whistle-stop tour of what's coming up in climate activism over the next six months.

You can find out more about the events and how to find the Spark here.


Climate Change in the News

Fiona Harvey: Green groups attack government resistance to EU climate change goals

John Abraham & Dana Nuccitelli: 97% Global Warming Consensus Meets Resistance From Scientific Denialism

Malcolm Sutton: Warmer seas could lead to more dolphin deaths in South Australia

John Abraham & Dana Nuccitelli: Matt Rildley’s Misguided Climate Change Policy

Spiegel Online: German Brewers Oppose Fracking Because of Fear Over Clean Water

Clive Hamilton: Geoengineering: Our Last Hope, or a False Promise?

Andrew C Revkin: Science Group Criticizes Politicians for Global Warming Distortions

Fiona Harvey: Don't delay on renewable energy, government told

Tom Bawden: China agrees to impose carbon targets by 2016

Tom Bawden: No 10’s new energy adviser is a former British Gas lobbyist

 

Latest Blogs

Balcombe Unites Against Fracking: Richard Harding and Jack Alexander

Heathrow: Local Opposition as Strong as Ever: John Stewart

How not to save the planet: Claire James

Two degree limit: a dangerous way to think about climate change?: Claire James

 

 

2012 Newsletters

27th October 2012

Dates for your diary!

7 November– US Election demonstration: against fossil fuel money in US politics..
1 December– National Climate March: "Get Fracktious"


US Election demo: against fossil fuel money in US politics

Wednesday 7th November (the day after the US election)

In less than 2 weeks the US election will determine the course of international climate negotiations for years to come.

Who will be US President on 7 November? Romney, puppet of the climate deniers, or Obama, who has brushed climate change under the carpet? This summer great swathes of the US suffered under droughts and wildfires. But by pouring $250 million into this election (in TV ads and lobbying - see here)  fossil-fuelled interests have ensured that climate has not been mentioned in presidential debates – for the first time since 1984.

If Romney wins, we need to make a conspicuous stand against the extreme Right, their rejection of science and their replacement of facts with dangerous ideology.

If Obama wins, this is his last chance to stand up to the dirty money and media lies in the US and take action on climate change.

Join us on Wednesday 7 November at 6pm outside the US embassyMap here.

If you can, come earlier at 3pm outside the the City of London HQ of the Koch Brothers  ('Koch International' at Fountain House, 130 Fenchurch Street, EC3 Map here).  The Koch Brothers have been key in both funding disinformation on climate change and in instigating the wave of populist anti-science, anti-regulatory, right-wing extremism associated with the  "Tea Party" 

Make a stand against the dirty money take-over of the US!

Facebook page.

 

Get Fracktious!



This year there was a record-shattering decline in  Arctic sea ice. The CCC has been busy for the past month or 2 bringing the significance of this ominous event to the government and political parties - as well as organising a Public Meeting with Professor Peter Wadhams from the Cambridge Polar Ocean Physics Group who predicts the complete disappearance of arctic sea-ice at end of summer by 2015 (something which not long ago was not predicted to happen till the end of the century!!)

........and to this frightening evidence that cimate change is happening much quicker than anyone predicted our political leaders are responding……by scrabbling for even more fossil fuels to burn!

In Canada the exploitation of carbon-intensive tar sands threatens to send an extra 200 megatonnes of heat trappng gas into the atmosphere while in the UK George Osborne is embarking in a new  Dash for Gas which threatens to obliterate any chance we have of achieving the targets in the Climate Act (see the CCC demo against this outside the treasury here).     

We say NO to tar sands, NO to Arctic oil extraction, and a massive NO to George Osborne’s plans to divert funding from renewables to bring massive-scale fracking to the UK. Join us Saturday 1st December!


Can you help us?

Email info@campaigncc.org if you can help with any of the following:

·         stewarding on the day ( stewards@campaigncc.org - main stewarding meeting eve of Monday 26th November )

·         publicity beforehand – we have lots of flyers to distribute, so if you could get them out at any events, universities, colleges etc. let us know ( info@campaigncc.org)

·         logistical planning – anyone with engineering skills, artistic skills and/or enthusiasm would be welcomed onto our working groups!

We have plans afoot to build a ‘fracking rig’ outside Parliament and a ‘tar sands pipeline’ between the US and Canadian embassies - so any help with the advance preparation of these would be much appreciated.

          Working Group for Fracking Rig first meeting will be Thursday 1st November ( info@campaigncc.org or 02078339311 for more details)

 

Finally, could you take a couple of minutes – forward this email to friends, and if you’re on Facebook, invite them to our event for 1st December.

Thanks!

 

Climate change in the news

George Osborne was left looking isolated in his anti-green crusade as businesses lined up to tell him to stop sabotaging the green economy. See for instance here for businesses calling for a target for the decarbonisation of  electricity supply by 2030 (something Osborne has been squirming to avoid...).  To drive home the point 250 people from Stop Climate Chaos organisations (including CCC), unions and businesses came together outside the Treasury last Thursday to tell him ‘Green is Working’.

The long-awaited Energy Bill is expected to be delayed until 19 November. See here. Rumours include an agreement with Osborne to cap onshore wind in return for a decarbonisation target. See here.

David Rose in the Daily Mail has been pushing the tired line that ‘warming has stopped’. For some expert debunking we recommendCarbon Brief and Skeptical Science among many others. Meanwhile, an Australian DJ has been told to undergo 'accuracy' training after lying about climate change. Leo Hickman discusses the problem of journalists who make up facts and manufacture doubt.

Over 40 ‘zombie’ road schemes abandoned by successive governments or defeated at public inquiry on environmental grounds have been revived. Campaigners are getting ready to fight them all over again.

30 August 2012

Campaign against Climate Change August Newsletter
 

August has been a hectic month for us, spurred on by news of unprecedented Arctic ice loss. In this email there are actions to take (including writing to Cameron and signing our petition to the new Director General of the BBC) and news of our recent Arctic iceberg protest. Looking ahead, we are planning for the National March in December and a political battle this autumn over the UK Energy Bill to prevent a dash for gas.

 

Arctic Sea Ice Crashes

In the past week, Arctic sea ice extent has not just broken the minimum record: it has crashed right through it, and is still melting at an unprecedented rate. We don’t know how soon it will be before the Arctic is completely ice-free in summer. It is almost certain to be within a decade or two, and Professor Peter Wadhams (who has been observing ice thickness from submarines for 40 years) has predicted it will disappear by 2015.  Read more about the implications of Arctic ice loss from George Monbiot, Climate Progress and Climate Code Red.


Action: Send a message to David Cameron telling him to heed the wake up call of the melting Arctic.


The day after the news appeared on the NSIDC website that the minimum Arctic sea ice record had been broken CCC activists were outside Downing Street with an "Arctic Wake up Call", demanding emergency action on climate now from David Cameron and the government. Many thanks to those who turned out with just one day’s notice! See more photos from the event


Watch out for our London Public Meeting on the Arctic Emergency  with Peter Wadhams as key speaker – provisionally Wednesday  September 26th.

This news makes the Climate Emergency all the more immediate and an emergency response all the more urgent – you can support the CCC’s  call for Emergency action here.

 

Petition calling for better climate change reporting on the BBC

 "You can't absolutely prove, can you, that CO2 is responsible for global warming?" John Humphrys, Today programme, 13 July.

On 17 September, a new Director General, George Entwistle, will take office at the BBC. We will be writing to him to ask for the BBC to take its responsibilities seriously when it comes to reporting climate change.


Action:  If you have ever been concerned about the way climate change is covered on the BBC, please sign this petition and share it widely.

 

Future plans and events

The stage is set this autumn for a battle over whether a target to decarbonise the electricity sector by 2030 will be included in the Energy Bill – or whether the door will be left open. As George Osborne and other Tories have been trying to ensure, for a dash for gas at the expense of renewables. It now seems that the Liberal Democrats may be set to try and re-establish their green credentials at their party conference.

Action: Tell Nick Clegg to stand up to Osborne on the Energy Bill

 

Here at the Campaign against Climate Change we will be busy working towards our National Climate March on Saturday 1 December. We will be protesting against the most visible and concrete manifestation of Osborne’s dash for gas – “Fracking”. Pushing the positive alternatives in terms of green energy and climate jobs and the need for an emergency response to ever more visible signs of  the deepening Climate Emergency.
 

If you would like a speaker from the campaign to come and talk at your local group over the next few months, to galvanise support for the demo but also with a focus on the CCC’s Climate Emergency campaign, - and our Early Day Motion and why we need it  - email us
 

The plans for 1st December are now taking shape. We couldn’t comment, of course, but they might possibly have something to do with an unauthorised press release circulating from a certain ‘Gorilla Resources’.


“Gorilla Resources announce huge shale gas find in Westminster, London…” Read more

 

More ways to get involved!

To get the latest news of meetings, campaign events and online actions, sign up for our emails or follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Please consider making a regular donation. We are a very small organisation and need the financial security which helps us respond to events as quickly as we did last week. (Could you help fundraise for us? Get in touch!)

Finally, forward this email to any friends who may be interested.

 

Other climate change stories in the news

  • One of the government’s most senior scientific advisors has stated that the goal of limiting temperature rises to 2°C seems to be 'out of the window', and warned George Osborne to stop blocking climate policies.
     
  • Tim Yeo, a senior Tory who has been one of the party’s most prominent voices on climate and the environment, unexpectedly waded into the row over a third Heathrow runway, claiming a new runway would not increase emissions, in a bizarre U-turn.
     
  • New figures showed carbon emissions from 97% of local authorities increased in 2010 following research last year which showed the majority of councils cutting back or abandoning carbon-cutting policies.
     
  • In the US, Mitt Romney set out his energy plan, vowing to increase domestic fossil fuel production and tear up environmental regulations.
     
  • EU biofuels policy is challenged as a study finds  that even homegrown rapeseed fails to make the 35% savings in greenhouse gas emissions, over fossil fuels, that would be required for it to be called ‘sustainable’.
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29th June 2012

CCC Newsletter June 2012

Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit update

Thanks to everyone who made it a success – we had 60+ speakers and hundreds of attendees.

 

Video and audio recordings are available on the website /events/2012/alternativeriosummit and more will be uploaded soon.

 

 

Climate Jobs Caravan update

 

Stories and photos from the 24 towns and cities visited by the Climate Jobs caravan /climatejobscaravan

 

 

Zero Carbon Britain

 

On the 21st July it's Zero Carbon Britain Day! We launched Zero Carbon Britain Day last year, with events happening all over the UK to promote the goal of zero carbon emissions.

This year our theme is the “Race to Zero Carbon Britain (by 2030)”.

In London we will be having a series of races in Euston. With heats pitting renewables against fossil fuels, three-legged races encouraging people to work together to get to the finish line of zero carbon emissions, with races including the obstacles facing us today – being ambushed by the Koch Brothers, held back by lack of government action and diverted away from the goal by the discovery of unconventional fossil fuels!

 

From there we will take our message to parliament, on a bus hanging with banners, to Palace yard where the medal ceremony will take place. Medals for the races as well as medals for the worst emitters, climate deniers and the most obstructive to progress will be given out and accompanied by speeches.

 

When: 12 noon


Where: Euston Square Gardens, outside the front of Euston station

So if you fancy taking part please let us know, if not see you there!

 

 

Free tickets to Reading and Leeds festival – Workers' Beer fundraising

 

Are you interested in getting free entry to the summer’s top festivals and helping raise money for the Campaign against Climate Change while you’re at it?

This is how it works:

1. You travel to and get entry into the festival for free.

2. You work for an average of six hours per day serving and pouring drinks in the beer tent.

3. After your shift you get to listen to your favourite bands while drinking a couple of free drinks and enjoying a free meal.

4. We get £6.50 per hour for every hour worked to help us fund the campaign.

5. Everybody wins!

We have 7 tickets available for Reading and 3 for Leeds so email us back quickly! Committed people only, deadline 10th July!

Line-up at https://www.readingfestival.com/line-up/poster https://www.leedsfestival.com/line-up/poster

 

 

Climate change in the news

 

The main event has obviously been the disappointing outcome from the Rio+20 Conference. This was determined even before leaders turned up, with a draft expunged of anything controversial or ambitious.

 

Meanwhile new analysis suggested that the global rise in carbon emissions is far bigger than previous estimates, threatening chances of staying under a 2C rise by 2050.

 

The UK summer has been mild and overcast so far, but little media coverage has been given here to the record-breaking heatwaveenveloping parts of the US, threatening health and exacerbating wildfires.

 

On a positive note, the first federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in the US has been upheld by an appeals court against legal challenge from corporates. The Environmental Protection Agency will be able to regulate on emissions from factories, power plants and vehicles.

 

In the UK, plans for a new coal-fired power station in Hunterston, North Ayrshire have been dropped.

 

Two new global campaigns to watch – to end fossil fuel subsidies and Greenpeace’s campaign to protect the Arctic from exploitation.

 

In the UK, the government finally made its announcement on the mandatory carbon reporting promised by the Climate Act – a positive step forward, but disappointing in that it is at first limited only to companies listed on the London Stock exchange.

 

Elsewhere the government’s green record is not looking good (as summed up by the Guardian’s greenometer). Most recently Osborne found money to cancel the planned fuel duty rise, with continued mutterings against renewables subsidies from the Tory back benches.

 

Leaked documents show how the UK government has lobbied behind the scenes to weaken an EU energy efficiency deal, and also against EU renewables targets.

 

Finally, in a call to action challenging apathy on climate change, activists from a group known as ‘Climate Siren’ climbed the gates of Buckingham Palace with a banner quoting Prince Charles: “…the doomsday clock of climate change is ticking ever faster towards midnight. We are simply not reacting quickly enough.” Their open letter to the Queen is here.
 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2012/jun/25/rio-20-great-gatsby

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/21/global-carbon-emissions-recordhttps://www.lubbockonline.com/national-news/2012-06-27/record-heat-hampers-efforts-fight-wildfires

https://www.bloomberg.com/

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2187353/plans-carbon-capture-power-station-abandoned

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2012/jun/18/campaigners-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies

https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/arctic

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2186281/mandatory-carbon-reporting-firms-cards

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2011/jan/05/greenometer-government-green

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/14/uk-government-eu-energy-efficiency

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jun/03/coalition-dilute-eu-green-energy-targets

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/24/climate-siren-group-prote_n_1622622.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

 

10th May 2012

Climate Job Caravan 12th-25th May
Rio Alternative Conference, 16th-17th July
Zero Carbon Britain Day, 21st July
Demo against Boris Island airport - TOMORROW 11th May!
Anti-fracking bike ride, Lancashire, 20th May, 
Report: Fossil Free Future at Big 6 Bash 3rd May
Workers Beer festival fundraising
Climate Change News
Finally...
 

One Million Climate Jobs Caravan – find details of events near you

The Climate Jobs Caravan will be travelling round the country from 12 to 25 May, The final details of events   and a list of local contacts are on the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group website.

Helping solve the climate & economic crises

Following the example of the Trans Africa Caravan of Hope, which carried the message of climate justice to the UN talks in Durban, the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group is organising a Climate Jobs Caravan here in Britain.

Based on the Million Climate Jobs report, produced with the assistance of the CWU, PCS, TSSA & UCU trade unions, the Caravan will highlight how creating climate jobs can help us tackle the twin crises of the economy and climate change. There is an inspiring 10 minute video that sets out what we can achieve.

The Caravan will be touring simultaneously in the North and South of the UK. See below for dates. Contact details for each area and information about events as they are finalised can be found on our local groups page and on the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group website. Alternatively contact: climatejobscaravan752@gmail.com or 07961 669650.

map of routes

Route 1
12 May – Edinburgh
13 May – Newcastle
14 May – Derby
15 May – Leeds
16 May – Stoke-on-Trent
18 May – Sheffield
19 May – Liverpool
20 May – Huddersfield
21 May – Bolton
22 May – Wigan
23 May – Blackpool
24 May – Lancaster
25 May – Manchester


Route 2
12 May – London
13 May – Coventry
14 May – Cardiff
15 May – Birmingham
16 May – Cambridge
17 May – Norwich
18 May – Oxford
21 May – Southampton
22 May – Portsmouth
23 May – Brighton
24 May – Redhill
25 May – London

To find local contacts for all these places and for more information on the  Caravan see here.

Sign the One Million Climate Jobs petition here.

 
Rio Alternative Conference  – booking now open

Saturday 16th June to Sunday 17th
(the weekend preceding the summit Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd)

       

Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change with the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Department for Development Studies.

Taking place at the central London Universities - SOAS, the Institute of Education (IOE) and University College London (UCL). Opening plenary in IOE, Thornhaugh Street off Russell Square, Russell Square Tube. Map here.

To register a place at the conference click here.

If you would like to steward at the conference click here.

Rio to Rio: 20 wasted years?

Between 1992 and 2012:

The global surface temperature has risen by 0.38C.
The Arctic sea ice has decreased by 2.94 million square kilometres
The CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 35.19 PPM.
30 661 900 hectares of Brazilian forest have been lost.
More than 431,215.08 million tonnes of CO2 have been emitted.
The amount of CO2 emitted per year has risen from 21,421.45 to 30,398.42 million tonnes.

A wide range of workshops and seminars  - and an exciting main plenary  - are planned.

Timetable: 

Saturday
9.00 - 10.00 Registration, Coffee
10.00 Conferernce opens: intro at Institute of Education Students Union Bar
!0.30 Session 1
12.00 Session 2
1.15 Lunch
2.15 Plenary in UCL
4.15 Session 3
5.30 End of sessions
Coffee, drinks, music in IOE SU bar

Sunday
1..00-12.00 Registration, coffee, stalls
12.30 Session 4
1.45 Lunch
2.30 Session 5
4.00 Session 6
5.30 Peoples's Assembly
6.30 Ends.
Ongoing discussion, drinks, music in IOE bar..

Titles include :
  • ”“Food Security how can we stop a tragedy unfolding ?”“
  • Green Energy versus ‘Extreme’ Energy
  • “One Million Climate Jobs”
  • “Inequity is not only bad for society but a barrier to dealing effectively with the ecological crisis”
  • “Renewing Political Commitment to win the global battle against eco-calamity: a lost cause or is there a way forward. ?”
  • “We will not achieve environmental justice without a fundamental shift in values”
  • “New legal frameworks for a new era of environmental progress and justice”
  • “Can London lead the way in the fight against climate meltdown ?”
and more workshops on: Green growth vs De-growth; bioenergy and land grabs; forests and biodiversity; aviation; geo-engineering; oceans; Zero Carbon Britain by 2030; arctic methane time bomb; generational justice; climate refugees;civil disobedience; “fracking”; population, gender and climate change; false solutions; TREC: energy from the deserts …and more.  
 
Early confirmed speakers include:
 
John McDonnell MP (Labour), Jean Lambert MEP (Green Party), Deborah Doane (World Development Movement), Jeremy Leggett (Solar Century), Jenny Jones (Green AM & Mayoral candidate), Aniol Esteban (New Economics Foundation), Derek Wall (Green Party/Green Left),  John Stewart (chair Airport WatchHACAN etc) Stephen Tindale(ex-Director, Greenpeace), Oliver Tickell (author Kyoto 2), Mayer Hillman, Mel Evans (Platform), Prof Peter Mollinga(SOAS), Hannah Smith (COIN & Refugee & Migrant Climate Forum), Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party), Deepak Rughani (Biofuelwatch), Murad Qureshi (GLA & Bangladeshi community), John Lanchberry (RSPB), Rich Hawkins (PIRC), David Powell (Economics Campaigne, Friends of the Earth), George Barda (Occupy LSX), Centre for Alternative TechnologyAction AidNative Spirit FoundationUK Tar Sands Network,  David Wasdell (Meridian Project), Andrew Lockley & Tim Kruger (on geoengineering), John Maclaverty (GROW Campaign, Oxfam), Suzanne Jeffrey (CCC Trade Union Group), Debi Wagner (US Citizens Aviation Watch via skype), Chris Baugh (assistant General Sec Public  & Commercial Services Union), Peter Challenor  (National Oceanography Centre), Danny Chivers, Speaker from theEradicating Ecocide Campaign, Gerry Wolfe (TREC-power from the deserts), Muzammal Hussain (Wisdom in Nature), Susan Roaf & Fergus Nichol (on built environment), Terry Reintke (co-spokesperson FYEG- Federation Young Euro- Greens), Melanie Strickland (Wild Law, Occupy), Ian Mason (Wild Law), Daniel Scharfe (Greenspeed), Tim Emerson,Christian Ecology Link, Chris Church (Low Carbon Communites), Emma Biermann (350.org), Neva Frecheville (WWF)… and many more invited.

 
Check altsummit for more details as they become available.

To register a place at the conference click here.

If you would like to steward at the conference click here.
 

Zero Carbon Britain Day  – RACE TO ZERO (Carbon)

Saturday 21st July

Join other people all around the country in finding fun, imaginitive ways to promote the goal of a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030 (see more about that here). There are all sorts of things that you can do : a public meeting to discuss the solutions, a stall and/or display in a public place, a picnic, a cycle ride, a parade, street theatre.......

But the theme we are suggesting is a   

 
RACE TO ZERO (CARBON by 2030!)

Organise a “Race to Zero” – with the finishing line at 2030 (as it were). There are lots of different ways to do this – it could be a real race (running, hopping, three-legged, egg-in-spoon, whatever…) perhaps with sponsored participants, as long or short as you like

 - or it could be more of a symbolic race (dress someone up as ‘Climate Apocalypse’ and race against them, or have ‘human wind turbines’ or ‘solar panels’ racing against coal-fired power stations, or oil industry bosses, or prominent skeptics or………the possibilities are endless).

Or a mixture of these: a real race with symbolic elements including people in fancy dress (a la London Marathon etc…), but fancy dress with a significance ……

And how about a medal ceremony at the end ? (this will be a week before the start of the London Olympics). This could be as much “in the spirit of” or “a satirical parody of” the Olympics as would suit your point of view – in any case the important thing would be to try and catch some media attention….. maybe you could get some local celeb to award the medals ??

And you could add to this whatever you want with a rally or meeting or picnic and/or press call at the beginning or end …..

You might want to use the Zero Carbon 2030 report, published by the Centre for Alternative Energy (CAT) as a focus for discussion - or as something to promote to the public to show that ZCB by 2030 is really possible.

For a really big success start planning now !

We need a bold ambitious target both for the UK to fulfill its responsibilities to the rest of the world - especially the poorest and most vulnerable  - and to do our very best to jog the rest of the world - especially the rich and powerful - into getting serious about an effective international agreement to bring down greenhouse gas emissions globally. Zero Carbon by 2030 is just the bold ambitious target we need, for the UK. For more about Zero Carbon Britain see here.

 To see Zero Carbon Britain Day 2012 flier (and download or order hard copy)  - click here.
  

Demonstration against "Boris Island",  proposed airport

Tomorrow Friday 11th at 9.30 am at City HallLondon
( City Hall is at  110 Queen’s Walk, nearest tube/rail: London Bridge. Map here)

More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/223059497804342/

Speakers include London Assembly members Jenny Jones (Green mayoral candidate ),  Murad Qureshi (Labour - chair Environment Commitee), Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem - Chair London Transport Commitee))

Supported by: No Estuary AirportAirportWatch, and Campaign against Climate Change
 

 Fylde and Ribble anti-fracking bike ride

Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF), Friends of the Earth and Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) are organising an anti- Fracking bike ride that will tour fracking sites in Lancashire to highlight the issue of fracking to the government and local councillors.

The ride will follow two routes from Southport and Blackpool. Southport route c.9.30am start from the train station, and slightly later start (c. 10.30am) in central Blackpool.

With lunch stops in Lytham St Annes and Hesketh Bank.

You are welcome to cycle for all or part of the routes.

For more info please see this flyer or contact Rachel.hubbard@foe.co.uk / 0113 242 8151
 

 Report : “Fossil Free Future” at the ‘Big 6 Energy Bash’

Thursday 3rd May

The CCC joined the “Fossil Free Future” block at the “Big Six Energy Bash”, organised by the Climate Justice Collective on Thursday May 3rd.  The event was organised to mark the  UK Energy Summit being held on the day in the City of London.
 
Despite some rhetoric about low carbon energy the big six energy companies are still pushing for more fossil fuels instead of making the transformative leap into renewable energy that we desperately need, to have any chance of decarbonising our economy fast enough to prevent catastrophic climate change.
 
Picture above shows the CCC's banner-painting effort for the demo - on display !

 
Workers Beer Festival volunteering

Are you interested in getting free entry to the summer’s top festivals and helping raise money for the Campaign against Climate Change while you’re at it?

If so then you’re in luck! This is how it works:

   1. You travel to and get entry into the festival for free.

   2. You work for an average of six hours per day serving and pouring drinks in the beer tent.

   3. After your shift you get to listen to your favourite bands while drinking a couple of free drinks.

   4. We get £6.50 per hour for every hour worked to help us fund the campaign.

   5. Everybody’s a winner!

This is run by the Workers Beer Company – an established organisation that has raised over £3,000,000 for good causes over the years.

Applicants must be hard-working, reliable, sensible, over 18, and definitely be able to work on the required dates. Experience doing bar work is obviously preferable but by no means essential – full training will be provided.

Below is a clist of events:

 

Event Start

Arrival on site

Event

Location

Transport/camping

Event Finish

9th June

 

Women Chainmakers Festival

Sandwell West Midlands

No

9th June

23rd June

 

Crystal Palace Garden Party

London

No

24rd June

12th July

11th July

Latitude

Henham Park, Suffolk

Yes

15th July

13th July

TBC

Tolpuddle

Tolpuddle, Dorset

TBC

15th July

27th July

 

Victoria Park London Live Olympic Event

Victoria Park, London

No

12th August

24th August

23rd August

Reading

Reading

Yes

26th August

24th August

23rd August

Leeds

Leeds

Yes

26th August

8th September

 

Proms in the Park

Hyde Parker, London

No

9th September

Please email us at workersbeer@campaigncc.org if you want to sign up or have any other questions.

 

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you can help us once again!

 
Climate change in the news

At a key meeting of energy ministers from the world's biggest economies and emitters in London, David Cameron was due to give a keynote speech on clean energy. However, this was downgraded at the last minute to a few minutes of remarks, described as a ‘betrayal’. The  International Energy Agency warned them that on current form, the world is on track for warming of 6C by the end of the century

The Committee on Climate Change urged the government to include emissions from aviation and shipping in the Climate Change Act. The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee pointed out that the UK’s emissions are falling only because imported consumer goods from China mean that emissions are outsourced. EU’s emissions targets, too, could be said to depend on false accounting.

The lower house of Brazil’s National Congress passed a Forest Code which would significantly weaken protection for the Amazon, with hopes resting now on Brazil’s president vetoing all or part of the bill.

More positively, Mexico’s Senate has unanimously passed a climate change law with legally binding emissions targets.

In the UK, government advisors gave the go-ahead to continue fracking. The Department for Energy and Climate Change released their bioenergy strategy, with plans to burn an amount of wood equal to eight times the UK's domestic production
 

 And finally…

How to write a Daily Mail article about climate change. https://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2012/04/how-to-write-a-daily-mail-article-about-climate-change

A new documentary comic book, Science Tales, takes on myths and lies about science. You can read (early versions of) the sections about climate change and general science denial on the author’s blog.

2nd March 2012

 March 2012

Any members who wish to receive the CCC newsletter in paper format can respond to this email providing a postal address.

Don't forget to renew your membership! Of course this does not apply to members who have standing orders. 

Upcoming new events:

  1. AGM, 3rd March (TOMORROW), Room B102, SOAS, Russell Square campus. See map here.
  2. Come and meet anti-fracking campaigners from all round the UK, share skills and experience at the National Anti-Fracking Gathering.
  3. Frack off are organising Mob 2 demo against Cuadrilla on March 14th.
  4. Date for the diary: Alternative Rio Conference.
  5. For London supporters there is a meeting on 12th March 2012.
  6. Zero Carbon Britain Day: Saturday 21st July 2012. 
  7. And finally we have our usual roundup of the most important national and international news stories of the past few weeks.

1. AGM

Come and help us plan for the year's campaigning. See how you can get involved!

Discuss what the "agreement" reached at the Durban COP really means and how we should be reacting to it.

What can we expect from the Rio Summit and how will the US election effect global action on climate change and our campaigning around it ?

Check the CCC website for updates.
 

 2. National anti-Fracking gathering

Come meet other groups campaigning against hydraulic fracturing - "fracking".

Get informed, meet anti-fracking campaigners from all around the country and get together to stop fracking in the UK NOW, before it gets a hold and becomes unstoppable.

Details: Saturday 17th March circa 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester. Map and Directions here.

Check the CCC website for updates.
 

 3. Frack off Mob

"On the 14-15th of March, The Marriott Hotel Regents Park is playing host to another orgy of misinformation and industry propaganda, all in the name of shafting the planet for profit. Let’s not disappoint! Fracking investors and the fracking companies themselves will be there. This is a fantastic opportunity to expose the greenwash and show investors and backers how dangerous and unpopular it is."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012, 3-8pm, 128 King Henrys RoadNW3 3ST London.

More details TBC - join the event to keep updated!
 

 4. Rio Alternative Conference

The Campaign against Climate Change is planning an 'Alternative Summit' for the weekend preceding the Rio Earth Summit.

This will be within the central London Universities (SOAS, IOE, Birbeck).

Check back here for more details as they become available.

Also, on the 24th March the Occupy St Paul's Environmental and Equity group are hosting their own alternative Rio summit. The event is 24th March: 11am - 5am at the London Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7XW.

Details of the event found here: http://feministlibrary.co.uk/visit-us/
 

 5. London Group Meeting

The CCC London meeting will be held on Monday the 12th March in the Housmans bookshop (5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX), from 6.45-8pm. 

Everyone is welcome to discuss upcoming events and how you can help.
 

 6. Zero Carbon Britain Day

Join other people all around the country in finding fun, imaginative ways to promote the goal of a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030.

More information Can be found on our website here: ZCB2012

Our office computers are on getting old and slow; would anyone happen to have any, laptops, screens or computer hardware which they would be willing to donate for use in the campaign office at King's Cross. It would be hugely appreciated.
 

 7. Climate change in the news – UK

Climate Change increases disease risk in UK - "Climate change is raising the risk of diseases such as Schmallenberg in the UK and northern Europe, say scientists"

A new strategy to co-ordinate links to offshore wind farms has been published which could reduce the cost of connections by up to £3.5 billion.

Energy giant 
ExxonMobil was fined £2.8m for failing to report carbon dioxide emissions from its Mosmorran chemical plant in Fife, it has emerged.


Climate change in the news – International

Increasing number of Americans believe climate change is real.

US Researchers build waste water generator. Researchers and scientists build prototype green energy solution using reverse electrodialysis (RED) technology. 

N.A.S.A study finds that Arctic ice is melting at a rate far faster than previously expected, increasing the rate of release of a number of deadly chemicals.

Canadian Climate skeptic academic revealed. - A group of scientists is raising the alarm about "incorrect science" in a course at Ottawa's Carleton University that was taught for three years by a climate change skeptic.

 

28th January 2012

Start of a new year & a whole host of new events coming up:

  1. AGM, 3rd March, Room B102, SOAS, Russell Square campus. See map here.
  2. Come and meet anti-fracking campaigners from all round the UK, share skills and experience at the National Anti-Fracking Gathering.
  3. Frack off are organising Mob 2 demo against Cuadrilla on March 14th.
  4. Date for the diary: Alternative Rio Conference.
  5. For London supporters there is a social evening and meeting to look forward to.
  6. And finally we have our usual roundup of the most important national and international news stories of the past few weeks.

1. AGM

Come and help us plan for the year's campaigning. See how you can get involved!

Discuss what the "agreement" reached at the Durban COP really means and how we should be reacting to it.

What can we expect from the Rio Summit and how will the US election effect global action on climate change and our campaigning around it ?

Check the CCC website for updates.

  2. National anti-Fracking gathering

Come meet other groups campaigning against hydraulic fracturing - "fracking".

Get informed, meet anti-fracking campaigners from all around the country and get together to stop fracking in the UK NOW, before it gets a hold and becomes unstoppable.

Details: Saturday 17th March circa 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester. Map and Directions here.

Cuadrilla, the company that has been fracking for shale gas in Blackpool, is hoping to find further reserves in the Home Counties. Mark Miller CEO of Cuadrilla visited the Sussex village of Balcombe and got more than he bargained for. CCC campaigner Fiona reports.

Check the CCC website for updates.

3. Frack off Mob

"On the 14-15th of March, The Marriott Hotel Regents Park is playing host to another orgy of misinformation and industry propaganda, all in the name of shafting the planet for profit. Let’s not disappoint! Fracking investors and the fracking companies themselves will be there. This is a fantastic opportunity to expose the greenwash and show investors and backers how dangerous and unpopular it is."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012, 3-8pm, 128 King Henrys Road, NW3 3ST London.

More details TBC - join the event to keep updated!

4. Rio Alternative Conference

The Campaign against Climate Change is planning an 'Alternative Summit' for the weekend preceding the Rio Earth Summit.

This will be within the central London Universities (SOAS, IOE, Birbeck).

Check back here for more details as they become available.

5. Social and meeting

The CCC London meeting will be held on Monday the 6th of february in the Housmans bookshop (5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX) , from 6.45-8pm. 

Everyone is welcome to discuss upcoming events and how you can help.

Join us too for the social and have a drink with us and discuss climate change, politics, or anything else. Everyone welcome.

Details: Monday 20th February from 6.30pm, The Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NL.

Take Action: Tell the World Bank not to finance a massive new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. http://act.350.org/sign/kosovo/

6. Climate change in the news – UK

The government lost its appeal against the court ruling that its cuts to solar feed-in-tariffs were unlawful, but is seeking permission to appeal again in the Supreme Court.

A handful of MPs blocked the Daylight Saving Bill by tabling wrecking amendments.

The controversial London-Birmingham high speed rail link has been given the go-ahead from Transport Secretary Justine Greening.

Boris Johnson briefed the Daily Telegraph that Cameron supported his idea for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. The Guardian gives a slightly different line

Climate change in the news – International

Obama refused permission for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. While TransCanada can reapply next year, this is a significant victory.

A draft of the development goals for the Rio +20 conference was leaked – and condemned for a ‘lack of urgency’.

A European Commission report found a 30% target for 2020 would be cheaper than expected while an unambitious 20% risks a return to high-carbon investment, making decarbonisation more painful in the long term

The IEA chief economist stated that phasing out global fossil fuel subsidies could take the world half way to necessary carbon cuts.

The Bank of England governor is warned that fossil fuels are sub-prime assets, since to stay within 2C just 20% of existing fossil fuel reserves can be burned.

The Bulgarian government refused Chevron permission to frack for shale gas after massive demonstrations
 

 

 

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The countdown to this year's COP has begun:

  1. Stand up for Climate Justice with us on Saturday December 3rd (and overnight 2nd-3rd).
  2. Before that there's the chance to discuss the issues at our Climate Justice Conference on Saturday 12th November. 
  3. We have the latest from the anti-fracking campaign including a report from Camp Frack and the days following, and the government's current stance on shale gas. There's also a demo tomorrow morning!
  4. The biofuels campaign comes back to the fore with a public meeting and upcoming demo in London.
  5. For London supporters there is a social evening and meeting to look forward to.
  6. Keeping with the climate justice and biofuels theme we have two online petitions for you to sign, wherever you live.
  7. And finally we have our usual roundup of the most important national and international news stories of the past few weeks.

Countdown to Durban – Stand up for Climate Justice!

March in London, halfway through the international climate negotiations in Durban

This year the floods in Pakistan have returned displacing 5 million and killing hundreds. Last year's floods were the worst in living memory with 20 million affected and 2,000 killed. Last year also saw record breaking temperatures in Russia with wildfires and crop failures while this year we have seen the latest in a series of exceptional droughts in East Africa causing famine in Somalia.

The frequency and severity of weather related disasters is on the increase and scientists tell us this is due to human-induced climate change caused overwhelmingly by the high emissions and high consuming lifestyles of richer countries like our own. Its the poorest and most vulnerable around the world - many of them in Africa where this year's climate talks are being held - who have done the least to cause the problem but who are suffering the most. And all this is set to get worse. Yet climate change and the conversion to a low carbon economy are routinely dismissed as minor concerns.

Join us and stand up for climate justice on Saturday 3rd December midway through the Durban Climate Talks. Put the date in your diary now. Watch out for more details at standupforclimatejustice

If you are up for spending the night (2nd -3rd December) out at a symbolic "climate refugee" camp e-mail climatejustice@campaigncc.org

Download a flier for the 3rd December (pdf) here.

Download a Climate Justice information flier (pdf) here.


Saturday 12 November – Climate Justice conference

12.00pm-5:00pm, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) or IOE (the Institute of Education) nearby - check website etc. for updates.

Speakers to include Rehad Desai  - film-maker and campaigner from South Africa who will speak on the South African mobilisation for COP 17 (amongst other things)and Murad Qureshi (GLA member, Labour, UK Bangladeshi community).

Provisional timetable:

12.00pm - 1.00pm Opening plenary
1.00pm - 2.00 pm 'Regional' workshops (climate impacts in South Asia, Eastern Africa etc.)
2.00pm - 3.00pm Break and fringe workshops
3.00pm - 4.00pm Thematic workshops (biofuels, food prices & food sovereignity, climate finance etc.)
4.00pm - 5.00pm Closing plenary.

With Biofuelwatch, Bolivia Solidarity Campaign, Action Aid, CCC Trade Union Group... and more.

More details will be announced on our website, plus keep an eye on future e-mails for more information.  If you are interested in organising a workshop contact info@campaigncc.org


If you want to help with any of these events we’d also love to hear from you. Please e-mail info@campaigncc.org or call the office on 020 7833 9311.

 

 

Shale gas update

It has been an incredibly busy couple of months in our campaign against fracking. Following the success of Camp Frack (covered here on North West Tonight and Granada) Cuadrilla Resources claimed to have found 'vast' shale gas deposits on the Lancashire coast and announced plans to drill 400 wells.

This was accompanied by a protest outside the meeting with the now familiar message "Frack Off". Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator of the Campaign against Climate Change was featured in media coverage of the event on the BBC website, Channel 4 News, North West Evening News and BBC North West Today.

Letters revealed fracking will be minimally regulated in the UK, and the energy and climate change minister, Charles Hendry, seems unconcerned about the climate change issues. However, Chris Huhne stated “We will not consent to so much gas plant so as to endanger our carbon dioxide goals”

STOP PRESS: There will be a demonstration tomorrow morning at 8:30am outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change, see here for more details.

 

 

 

 

Biofuels campaign – report back from the meeting and upcoming demo

Last Tuesday Biofuelwatch in association with CCC organised a public meeting entitled “The real cost of subsidies for biofuel and biomass electricity” . The venue was filled to capacity as for three hours the hall heard from speakers including Elias Mtinda (Food Rights Coordinator for ActionAid Tanzania), Kenneth Richer (Friends of the Earth), Emilia Hanna (Biofuelwatch), Sarah Clayton (AirportWatch) talk about the insanity of subsidising biomass and biofuel instead of real renewables like wind and solar. You can see videos of Kenneth’s speech here and Sarah’s speech here. Presentations from the event can be downloaded here.

Saturday October 22nd - Protest against biofuels fuelling climate meltdown

12noon outside DECC – Department of Energy & Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2AW

The protest coincides with a DECC public consultation on Renewable Obligation Certificates – ROCs, which are subsidies for ‘renewable electricity’. Yet instead of rewarding only true renewable energy, such as sustainable wind and solar power, a large and growing share of ROCs goes to biomass (wood) and biofuel power stations. Those are paid for by all of us, through a surcharge on our fuel bills. At a time when health, education, social welfare and environmental programmes are being cut drastically, the government is planning to reward biomass and biofuel power stations with £3 billion a year! See more information at biofuelsdemo2011

See below for an action you can take backing scientists’ claims against the EU’s statement that biofuels are sustainable.

 

 

CCC London social evening – Wednesday 26th October

Come and have a drink with us and discuss climate change, politics, or anything else. Everyone welcome.

 

CCC London meeting – Monday 7th November

Everyone welcome to discuss upcoming events and how you can help.
 

 

Online campaign actions

The Time for Climate Justice Campaign is calling for world leaders to commit to strong international action on climate change that works for the world’s poor. Send them your photos and we’ll make sure decision makers see them: www.climatejusticeonline.org/take-action/photo-petition/

On October 7th, 2011, 168 scientists warned about biofuels in a joint letter addressed to the EU. Energy derived from field crops is by no means environmentally friendly, despite the European Union’s claims. Support the scientists’ call to protest by signing their petition: https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/776/biofuel-please-support-the-scientists-call-to-protest

 

Climate change in the news – UK

George Osborne refuses to lead on climate change, pledging that the UK will cut carbon no faster than the rest of the EU.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond plans to raise the speed limit to 80mph.

Eric Pickles announced a £250 million fund to encourage councils to return to weekly rubbish collections, potentially reducing recycling.

The Daily Mail is still inventing wildly inflated figures about the cost of green energy measures, despite already being censored by the Press Complaints Commission. Carbon Brief reports.

 

Climate change in the news – International

Climate shifts lead to famine, famine leads to misery, and misery leads to wars, according to a statistical analysis of preindustrial Europe.

A new report, released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED), begins to quantify how much rich nations—and taxpayers—are supporting fossil-fuel production and consumption

The EU is set to ban tar sands from transport fuel in its new fuel quality directive, but the proposal still needs to be voted in by member states and the European Parliament. Britain in particular is opposing the ban after heavy lobbying from Canada.

Weeks after the peaceful protests in Washington where 1,252 people faced arrest, over 100 were arrested in Ottowa in a similar protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, planned to transport tar sands oil from Canada to Mexico.

Airlines from the US and other countries are attempting to stop the EU making them pay for carbon emissions, bringing them into the emissions trading scheme.

Scientists report that the hottest decade on record would have been even hotter if not for deep oceans absorbing heat – potentially causing accelerated warming in the coming decade.

More than 30 million people were displaced last year by environmental and weather-related disasters across Asia.

 

13th September 2011

 

We're getting our bags packed for Camp Frack but that's not all the news:

  1. Camp Frack is this weekend, and there has just been an EDM submitted proposing a moratorium on shale gas extraction.
  2. Our demo against a mystery corporate target was the Koch Brothers, and we had a massive banner outside their London HQ.
  3. The new Climate Emergency pamphlet is online for you to download.
  4. Fancy a pint and a chat? Come to our next social evening at the end of the month.
  5. Be sure to put our climate justice conference in your diary.
  6. Take part in online actions against Koch Industries and the government's fracking policy.
  7. Read the latest climate change news, including the latest on sea ice levels and a big direct action in the USA.
 
CAMP FRACK - THIS WEEKEND!

17th - 18th September
 
Join us in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire for a weekend of activism against the growing threat of shale gas. We need renewables - not another source of fossil fuel!
 
Camp Frack will be at Manor Farm near Hesketh Bank village close to where the current drilling operations are taking place.  Hesketh Bank is South of the River Ribble near Southport, but easiest to access by getting the train to Preston and catching the number 2 bus to Shore Road/Chapel Road bus stop (cost £3.40 single, timetable here). From there, it's a few minutes walk to the site of the camp from the bus stop.  See map here. The camp is organised with the landowner's permission.
 
The camp is free but donations welcomed. Vegan food will be available at cost. Parking is limited on site so please use bus and train or park elsewhere. If there is a pressing need for you to drive to the camp please let us know so we can see if a space can be arranged.
 
The camp will include a day of workshops on shale gas, and on planning an ongoing national campaign against it. It will involve raising local awareness about the problems with shale gas and an action day of peaceful protest mainly focused on the nearby active drilling rig, but we also hope to have the option of expeditions to take the message out to Blackpool and Preston as well.
 
If you have any questions then e-mail info@campaigncc.org or call 0790 331 6331.
 
Camp Frack has already amassed interest from the media, including The Guardian and the Blackpool Gazette. George Monbiot has also written an editorial on fracking mentioning the camp.
 
To download a flier about fracking (you could improve it or make your own!) click here.
  • Caroline Lucas and Michael Meacher have submitted an EDM calling for a moratorium on coal bed methane, shale oil and shale gas. Read it here and get your MP to sign it. Download a template letter to send to your MP here.
 
 
REPORT - DEMO OUTSIDE KOCH BROTHERS' LONDON HQ
 
 
Last Wednesday we unveiled the target of our mystery demonstration as being the Koch Brothers, and we had a great demo outside their office on Fenchurch Street in the City of London. See more photos from the day here.
 
The ‘Koch Brothers’ are the world’s biggest “fat cat corporate funder of climate disinformation” – currently rated as such by US Greenpeace (surpassing even ExxonMobil) whilst also having been fingered as the main funders, and instigators of the climate denialist “Tea Party” movement. Read more about them at denialfunders
 
See below for an e-mail action that you can take against Koch Industries.
 
 

CLIMATE EMERGENCY PAMPHLET LAUNCHED

After months of research, our new 52-page pamphlet has been launched, covering everything from renewable energy to El Niño, and from global dimming to methane hydrates. You can view and download it absolutely free from our website: pamphlet.

For hard copy orders, please e-mail info@campaigncc.org

 
CCC LONDON SOCIAL EVENING - WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
 
Join us in the Queens Head pub at 66 Acton Street in Kings Cross (map here) from 6pm for a celebration of our recent successes and a thankyou to everyone who made them possible. Plus a chance to meet various folk involved in the campaign...

Call 07903316331 if you need help finding the venue etc.

 

CLIMATE JUSTICE CONFERENCE - SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

This year's big public meeting will have a climate justice theme which will be carried over into our demonstration on December 3rd. The conference will be held at the School of Oriental and Africal Studies (SOAS) in central London. Keep an eye out on future e-mails for more information.

 

ONLINE ACTIONS

E-mail Koch Industries offices around the world asking them to stop funding climate change disinformation.
kochaction

Sign the petition on the government's own e-petitions website calling for a moratorium on fracking.
epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/14271

And don't forget to e-mail your MP to ask them to sign EDM 2159!

 

LATEST CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS

Australia has passed landmark legislation which forces big companies to pay a tax of A$23 (£15) per tonne of carbon emitted from July next year.

1,252 people, including James Hansen and Daryl Hannah were arrested outside the White House over 14 days in protest over plans to build the "Keystone XL" pipeline which will transport oil from Canada's tar sands to the US.

The falling cost of solar power has led to a boom in installations in the USA.

Arctic ice levels have now hit a record low, surpassing the previous low point that was reached four years ago.

George Monbiot gives his critical analysis on a new geoengineering project whereby water droplets are injected into the atmosphere in an attempt to reflect more sunlight back into space.

 

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12th August 2011

It might be the holiday season but we're certainly not taking a break...

  1. We're organising a mystery demo in London, against a corporate funder of climate denial
  2. But the biggest demo coming up is Camp Frack against shale gas near Blackpool
  3. We also had a public meeting on shale gas, which you can listen to
  4. Our Zero Carbon Britain Day was a success with events around the country
  5. There are online petitions to sign, plus information on a demo against rising train fares
  6. Plus a roundup of the latest news from the UK and elsewhere

 

Mystery demo in London

Against a fat cat corporate funder of climate disinformation

Wednesday 7th September

Early morning action around 8.00 am
 
There will also be a follow up action in the evening around 4.45 to 7.00 pm

Interested in taking part? You will need to send us a mobile phone number using the form at campaigncc.org/mystery – the location to gather for the action will be texted to you nearer the time.
 

Camp Frack

Weekend of 17th-18th September

Put this date in your diary now! More details will be in the next newsletter.

Join the resistance to the “fracking” invasion! Stop the massive expansion of shale gas extraction in the UK! We need renewables - not another source of fossil fuel!

Camp Frack will be in the Blackpool/North Lancashire area.

It will involve workshops on shale gas, and on planning the campaign against it. It will involve raising local awareness about the problems with shale gas and an action day of peaceful protest against the drilling activities currently in progress in the Blackpool area.

Register your interest by entering your e-mail address at campaigncc.org/campfrack. We will send you more information as soon as it is available. If you are interested in getting a coach from London, and/or are willing to help out then please tick the relevant box. This will give us an idea of numbers and help us plan transport.
 

Camp Frack has already amassed interest from the media, including The Guardian and the Blackpool Gazette.

See about the anti-fracking banner placed 500 feet up Blackwall Tower in our news section below.
 
See our shale gas page here and download a PDF flier for the camp here.

 

Fracking Hell? What will shale gas mean for the UK?

Report from public meeting, 19th July, London

In the run-up to Camp Frack, a keen Conway Hall crowd gathered to hear Kevin Anderson (Tyndall° Centre), Caroline Lucas (Green Party MP and leader), Michael Meacher (Labour MP) and Phil Mitchell (Blackpool Green Party) discuss the rise of fracking, and where the anti-fracking campaign goes from here. We also heard from the anti-fracking group in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales as well as questions from the floor.

You can listen to or download an audio recording on our website: frackingmeeting



 
Zero Carbon Britain Day

Saturday 16th July

What the government is doing is piecemeal, inadequate and in some ways counterproductive. We need a more coherent, energetic and determined approach to reducing emissions – and a bolder more ambitious national target. We need Zero Carbon by 2030.

Activities and events took place all around the country.

On a day on which the weather made immersion in water seem anyway highly likely... many actions around the country used the theme of “Zero Carbon Britain before we drown” or similar, involving semi-submergence in water near a local landmark.

Others involved lobbying MPs to sign Early Day Motion 853 which calls for Zero Carbon Britain by 2030.  

Others involved meetings or workshops focused on the Zero Carbon Britain 2030 Report produced by the Centre for Alternative Technology, (CAT) which outlines a practical, well researched plan for reaching a zero carbon economy by 2030.

Here are some of the events we have heard about so far (all on 16th July unless stated otherwise)


London
"Zero Carbon Britain before we drown" photo-op in the Thames (see photo above).

ImageNorth London
There was a photo taken by the river Lea with goggles and a banner for the submergence theme.

Brixton
A group did a wild food walk to mark the day.

 

Kingston-upon-ThamesImage
In Kingston there was a time trial with several different modes of transport: a kiddy's bike, a scooter, a skateboard etc.. and a bunch of people pushing a BMW. The idea being to emphasise the power needed to get around in a car compared with self-propelled vehicles. See full account of event here.

Derby
A regional workshop was held on Saturday 9th July "Zero Carbon Britain 2030 and Strategies for Combating Climate Change", with Peter Harper from CAT, Peter Robinson (Climate Alliance) and Phil Thornhill (CCC), at the Derby Roundhouse.

ImageBrighton
Photoshoot in the sea near Palace Pier.

Lancaster
Regional workshop "Zero Carbon Britain 2030 and Strategies for Combating Climate Change" with Paul Allen from CAT and Peter Robinson (Climate Alliance).

Scarborough
The event was cancelled due to bad weather. Local actvists will try to rerun within the next few weeks, however..

The plan is to have at least 4 people (ideally  5 or 6 people) in the sea and a good photographer. We have told local press and will probably get the photo in the paper.

The banner will read something like "Zero Carbon Scarborough Britain by 2030 or we're in deep water!"

E-mail toad[at]amphibian.dyndns.org

Sheffield
In Sheffield there was a bike ride up the Don Valley taking in 2 or 3 of the renewable energy sites on route.

At 12.00 noon there was a short publicity stunt - a tug of war - ‘Bikers versus Banksters’ somewhere on the Meadow Hall site near the river.

 Manchester
There was a small exhibition of cartoons and photos showing the effects of climate change, along with a stall, petitions and leaflets around zero carbon in Manchester City Centre.

South Lakes
There was a cycle ride to the house of local MP, Tim Farron, to lobby him to sign EDM 853.

Bristol
ImageA demo was held in Bristol for Zero Carbon Britain day. Leaflets were handed out and a talk given on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Photos were posed for, for  the local paper, in the fountain outside the hippodrome, an iconic Bristol landmark! At the end of this the banner was hung near the main road to spread the message!

Pilton (Barnstaple)
The North Devon Greens had a Zero Carbon Britain stall at the Pilton Green Man Festival.

Nottingham
Transition West Bridgford’s Eco House Group launched an exciting new project called Eco Houses Under Construction.

Oxford
Oxford CCC and Low Carbon Headington held a Zero Carbon stall at the East Oxford Farmers Market to campaign on the EDM, 11-2pm Sat 16th, Manzil Way, Oxford. A public meeting on Zero Carbon campaign is planned for November.

 

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Kirklees
Kirklees CCC has already held a Zero Carbon Cycle Tour on 7th May. See here. On 16th July there was an activity with a stall and 'Zero Carbon Snakes and Ladders' game in Huddersfield.

There was also a Zero Carbon picnic at Drax power station.

Finally, there was a lobby of  Barry Sheerman MP on 22nd July.



Online (and offline!) actions

Tell the Obama adminstration to cancel the the Keystone XL pipeline which will transport tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the USA: act.350.org/sign/tar-sands/

The Campaign for Better Transport is campaigning against disproportionate rises to rail fares. Sign the online petition and on 16 August come to the demonstration outside Waterloo station on your way to work. See here for details: bettertransport.org.uk/fairfares/blog/time-hit-streets

Request that the government make UK based Bombardier the suppliers of trains for the Thameslink project: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/202

Ask Chris Huhne to stop pushing unfair climate loans on the world's poorest countries:
www.wdm.org.uk/stop-world-bank-climate-loans-write-chris-huhne-now

 

Climate change in the news – UK

Campaigners on Saturday scaled Blackpool Tower and dropped a banner reading "Shale gas is coming to the UK, we can stop it".

Tory MEPs who voted against climate targets have revealed the extent to which they were lobbied by fossil fuel groups.

The UK starts to get serious about offshore wind energy. Of only 108 offshore turbines built around Europe's coastline from January to Juneall but 7 were built around the UK.

The House of Commons transport committee has warned that savage cuts to rural bus services are harming vulnerable or disadvantaged people.

What’s going on in the UK media?

A review of the BBC's science coverage concluded that its drive for impartiality lends too much credence to maverick views on climate change, MMR and GM.

Another study finds over half the coverage of renewables in the British press is negative.

Meanwhile, Carbon Brief questions where on earth the Daily Mail is getting its figures from when opposing green energy.

Finally, Top Gear is caught (again) faking tests of electric cars to make them look unreliable.

 

Climate change in the news – International

Famine in Somalia: is the drought linked to climate change?

Climate Progress highlights fears of massive methane release from Russian permafrost – which may shrink 30% by 2050.

New research shows deforestation emits 2.9 billion tonnes of carbon per year (fossil fuel emissions are currently above 8 billion tonnes). www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810093835.htm

Friends of the Earth reports massive Canadian lobbying to protect tar sands exports to Europe. Tar sands oil is now even being marketed as an ‘ethical product’.

China expected to cap carbon emissions.

A US study finds conservative white men are much more likely to deny climate change, particularly if they think they know a lot about it.

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We've got so much coming up we're not quite sure how we managed to fit it all in the newsletter...

  1. Zero Carbon Britain Day is this Saturday, with events around the country, including a Zero Carbon Beach Party on the River Thames in London.
  2. A public meeting next week on shale gas with Kevin Anderson, Caroline Lucas, Michael Meacher, and more.
  3. The big announcement of Camp Frack - a camping weekend near Blackpool in September.
  4. Two e-mail actions for you to take part in: tar sands extraction in Madagascar and renewable energy in Rugby.
  5. A roundup of the latest news, including articles on the Energy Bill, the Bonn talks, and the use of biofuel in aeroplanes.

 

Zero Carbon Britain Day - Saturday July 16th

A day to promote the goal of a ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ by 2030

It's not too late to do something! There are lots of ways you could choose to mark this day, but here is our main suggestion:

“Zero Carbon Britain before we drown” publicity stunt/photo-op

What we are suggesting is a “submergence” theme, a photo-op involving people standing semi-submerged in water – holding a banner saying “Zero Carbon Britain before we drown” (or, say, "Zero Carbon Britain or we are in deep water" or whatever you consider most appropriate). This would be most effective if it is a body of water that is part of a local landmark or is locally iconic in some way. It could be the sea, or more ambitiously, a local river.


London campaigners doing a 'dummy run' for ZCB Day at Southend.
 

Here in London we are hoping to do this at an appropriate place in the River Thames. This will be  quite an ambitious stunt, and  we will need to research the safety issues - obviously you will need to fully research any safety implications for whatever you do, too.

On the other hand it need not be daunting, or complicated at all, it could be really simple like standing in a fountain or even tub of water.

By doing this we can bring together a number of actions/events all around the country which will make a really striking united image. So bear in mind that whatever you do on this theme should gain power from being part of this wider effort. Hopefully it can be easily added or tied in to whatever else  you might want to do as well!

There are plenty of other things you can do on the day.

You can lobby your MP to sign the Zero Carbon Britain/Climate Emergency EDM (see the full story about the EDM here).

The Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon 2030 report is an important resource - you could organise a presentation, hold a meeting, workshop or debate around it.

Or organise a cycle ride, a procession, a rally, a carnival, a fair, street theatre, a Zero Carbon picnic, a Zero Carbon by 2030 banner-hang, a gathering at a renewable energy installation, a protest at a fossil fuel installation, a lobby of your council... are all possibilities. Whatever works best for you in your area to promote the goal of Zero Carbon by 2030  Don’t forget to contact other groups in your area who may be interested.

Here is a summary of actions are happening around the country on Saturday which we've heard about:

North London
A local North London foraging group will be plum picking and picnicking near Tottenham Marshes.
There will be a photo taken by the river Lea with goggles and a banner for the submergence theme.

Kingston-upon-Thames
In Kingston there will be a time trial with several different modes of transport: a kiddy’s bike, a scooter, a skateboard etc.. and a bunch of people pushing a BMW. The idea being to emphasise the power needed to get around in a car compared with self-propelled vehicles.

Brixton
A group will be doing a wild food walk to mark the day.

Brighton
Photoshoot on the beach immediately east of Palace Pier.

Seaford
If safe, a group will be in the surf on Seaford Beach. Afterwards, if fine weather, it will be an opportunity for people to make their own ZCB party on the beach.

Lancaster
Regional workshop "Zero Carbon Britain 2030 and Strategies for Combating Climate Change" with Paul Allen from CAT and Peter Robinson.

Scarborough
The plan is to have at least 4 people in the sea. Local press has been notified and the photo will probably get in the paper.

Sheffield
In Sheffield there is a planned bike ride up the Don Valley taking in 2 or 3 of the renewable energy sites on route. There will also be a short publicity stunt - a tug of war - ‘Bikers versus Banksters’.

Manchester
There will be a small exhibition of cartoons and photos showing the effects of climate change, along with a stall, petitions and leaflets around zero carbon in Manchester City Centre.

South Lakes
There will be a cycle ride to the house of local MP, Tim Farron, to lobby him to sign EDM 853. Afterwards people will be going to the ZCB event in Lancaster.

Bristol
There will be a demo by the fountains outside the hippodrome, an iconic Bristol landmark! The local paper will be involved.

Kirklees
There will be an activity with a stall and 'Zero Carbon Snakes and Ladders' game in Huddersfield. There is also be a Zero Carbon picnic at Drax power station (site of the first Climate Camp). There will also be a lobby of  Barry Sheerman MP on 22nd July. Kirklees has already had their own Zero Carbon Britain Day (we're following in their footsteps with a National Day) - see what they did here.

Liverpool
A photo stunt is planned.

Guernsey
ZCB day is being promoted by Sustainable Guernsey.

Pilton (Barnstaple)
The North Devon Greens will have a Zero Carbon Britain stall at the Pilton Green Man Festival.

Nottingham
Transition West Bridgford’s Eco House Group will launch of an exciting new project called Eco Houses Under Construction. This will be the first event in a series of at least 8 free events.

Oxford
Oxford CCC and Low Carbon Headington will be holding an Zero Carbon stall at the East Oxford Farmers Market to campaign on the EDM.
 
 
For more information about all of these events, plus contact details, please see our website: zcbdaypage


See more about 'Zero Carbon by 2030' here.

If you are organising, or even just thinking about organising, anything for Zero Carbon Britain Day, please let us know at info@campaigncc.org - we can provide you with help and advice, and promote your event on our website.

 

Zero Carbon Beach Party

When: 7.30 pm to midnight
Where: on the Thames, Central London

Send a blank text to 07957 023 342 or enter it into the form on our website and we will send you a free text with the location.

The exact location will be revealed next Friday morning (15th) on the website and via text, Twitter, Facebook etc.

Any last minute venue changes will be announced via text, so be sure to sign up for the alerts.

Come for an evening of music and entertainment, powered by the Bicycology sound system. Confirmed acts include:

Radfax, Jess Gold, Green Kite Midnight, Aeroplane Dope, DJ Baceix

Plus there will be a barbeque serving hot vegan food, plus salad, pastries and cold drinks, and the chance to participate in a 'Zero Carbon Britain or we're in deep water' - photo-opportunity by the Thames.

Download the flier for the event here.



Fracking Hell? What will shale gas mean for the UK?

Public Meeting, Tuesday 19th July (Please note change of date from previous newsletter)

6.45pm in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, (Holborn tube), London. Map here.

 
"Fracking" is coming to the UK! Will we be able to set light to our tap water as has happened in the US? Will we see contamination of groundwater, exploding basements and all the rest? Is this the time for the UK to be developing a new source of fossil fuel anyway? What will the exploitation of shale gas mean for the UK and the world? What should we do about it? What can we do to stop it?
 
 
With...
 
Kevin Anderson
Professor Kevin Anderson is Director of the Tyndall° Centre for Climate Change Research which has recently produced a report “Shale gas: a provisional assessment of climate change and environmental impacts” which recommends a moratorium on drilling shale gas in the UK. Kevin Anderson has been outspoken on the need for scientists not to pull any punches in communicating the gravity of the climate crisis to policy makers.
Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas is the UK’s first Green MP (Brighton Pavilion) and leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. She has supported the call for a moratorium on shale gas and condemned a report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee which concluded there was no need for a moratorium.
Michael Meacher Michael Meacher, Labour  MP for Oldham West and Royton, was Minister of State for the Environment May 1997 to June 2003. He has long represented the environmental conscience of the Labour Party and has outlined in his blog the case against shale gas.
 
Phil Mitchell Phil Mitchell is chair of the Blackpool Greens and has headed the local campaign against the exploratory drilling for shale gas, that has already started in the area. Cuadrilla Resources is already at work with two drilling rigs in the area – the first in the UK.
 

“Hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking” for shale gas is taking off in the UK. This newly developed technology allows the exploitation of previously untappable reserves of natural gas. Its already big in the US but it has caused a storm of protest there, which has even inspired an Oscar-nominated film.

We are just seeing the start – up in the Blackpool area – of something that could get much, much bigger in the UK Will we see the many cases of contamination of drinking water and other pollution incidents that we have seen in the US, here in the UK? Will we, too, be able to set fire to our tap water because it contains so much methane?

But more worrying still, will we see a diversion of resources and investment away from renewable energy to the development of another source of fossil fuel? Will we be investing in infrastructure that will lock us into a fossil fuel economy for yet longer into the future? On a world wide scale are we going to see the development of more and more unconventional fossil fuels increasing the total amount of carbon we can spew into the atmosphere and delaying until far too late the clean break we need to make away from the fossil fuel economy and into the green renewably-powered economy? Is shale gas, in other words, just another part of our recipe for global climate suicide?


 

Camp Frack

Weekend of 17th-18th September

Put this date in your diary – more info to follow in future e-mails.

ImageJoin the resistance to the “fracking” invasion! Stop the massive expansion of shale gas extraction in the UK! We need renewables - not another source of fossil fuel!
 
Camp Frack will be close to the operating rig at Singleton, near Blackpool. It will be organised with the support of a local landowner. It will involve workshops on shale gas, and on planning the campaign against it. It will involve raising local awareness about the problems with shale gas and an action day of peaceful protest against the drilling activities currently in progress in the Blackpool area.

Register your interest by filling in the form on our website: campfrack - this will help us plan transport.



Online actions

Oil company Total are considering extracting oil from tar sands in western Madagascar, where they have already been testing for viability. E-mail their chief executive and tell him you don't want a repeat of what's happening in Canada:
www.wdm.org.uk/action/stop-tar-sands-madagascar-total

A new wind farm has been proposed near Churchover in Warwickshire, which would provide enough electricity for approximately 7,800 homes. E-mail Rugby Borough Council and urge them to support the proposals:
www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/bransford_bridge_31538.html

 


Climate change in the news – UK

Committee on Climate Change warns that 'significant acceleration' in UK emissions cuts if targets are to be met.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2082743/uk-emissions-flat-lining-warns-climate-committee

The Energy Bill has now been delayed until September.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/07/energy-bill-shelved

The government has succeeded in cutting carbon emissions from central government by 14% in a year, exceeding the 10% target, and will aim for 25% by the end of this Parliament.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/06/uk-government-carbon-reduction

UK renewable output is up by 27% but coal production has also risen 7%.
www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jun/30/electricity-companies-switch-to-coal

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of MPs has today called on the government to cancel funding to the World Bank unless it immediately moves to end the financing of unabated coal-fired power stations in developing countries.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2082598/mps-demand-world-banks-coal-funding

Marine energy funding has been cut to £20m.
www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jul/06/marine-energy-budget-cuts-by-government-attacked

 

Climate change in the news – International

The European parliament has rejected a move towards tougher emissions targets, helped by UK Tory MEPs voting against the report, defying Cameron.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/05/tory-meps-reject-carbon-cut-law

Australia is to introduce the largest carbon trading scheme outside Europe in the face of 60% public opposition.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2092749/gillard-australian-carbon-tax-promises-clean-energy-future

Climate talks in Bonn ended with no agreement on key areas.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/17/climate-talks-end-no-agreement

Research shows cooling sulphur pollution from Chinese power stations has been masking underlying climate change.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/04/sulphur-pollution-china-coal-climate

Influential MEP Jo Leinen calls for shale gas regulation.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/30/shale-gas-europe-leinen

Prominent climate sceptic Willie Soon has been paid more than $1m in the past decade by major US oil and coal companies.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/28/climate-change-sceptic-willie-soon

European airlines move towards biofuel-powered flights.
www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/952239/european_airlines_start_controversial_biofuelpowered_flights.html

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13th June 2011


There's a jam packed summer schedule from CCC:

  1. Zero Carbon Britain Day is on July 16th, with events around the country, including a Zero Carbon Beach Party on the River Thames in London
  2. Our shale gas campaign, which kicked off with a packed film screening in London, plus there's an upcoming public meeting with Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre
  3. The next CCC London meeting
  4. A banner painting session in Brixton on Wednesday
  5. A roundup of the latest news

 

Zero Carbon Britain Day - Saturday July 16th

A day to promote the goal of a ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ by 2030

There are lots of ways you could choose to mark this day, but here are our two main suggestions:

(1) “Zero Carbon Britain before we drown” publicity stunt/photo-op

What we are suggesting is a “submergence” theme, a photo-op involving people standing semi-submerged in water – holding a banner saying “Zero Carbon Britain before we drown” (or, say, "Zero Carbon Britain or we are in deep water" or whatever you consider most appropriate). This would be most effective if it is a body of water that is part of a local landmark or is locally iconic in some way. It could be the sea, or more ambitiously, a local river.

Here in London we are hoping to do this at an appropriate place in the River Thames. This will be  quite an ambitious stunt, and  we will need to research the safety issues -  obviously you will need to fully research any safety implications for whatever you do, too.

On the other hand it need not be daunting, or complicated at all, it could be really simple like standing in a fountain or even tub of water.

By doing this we can bring together a number of actions/events all around the country which will make a really striking united image. So bear in mind that whatever you do on this theme should gain power from being part of this wider effort. Hopefully it can be easily added or tied in to whatever else  you might want to do as well!

(2) Lobby your MP to sign the Zero Carbon Britain/Climate Emergency EDM

(and see the full story about the EDM here)

This could take the form of booking a meeting at his/her surgery, if the MP has a surgery on the 16th July – or as close as you can get to the 16th  Or you could write to your MP to ask for  a special meeting outside of surgery times.

Alternatively it could take the form of handing in a letter or petition at the surgery, asking the MP to sign EDM 853. You could combine this with another activity, perhaps doing a bike ride to the surgery or local press call and photo opportunity.

To aid you in this, and to boost the campaign around the EDM in general, we have made an information hub on our website, which can be found here: lobbies

Through this you can search for your MP, find information on whether they have signed the EDM 853 or the previously tabled EDMs, how to contact them, when and where there surgery is, and whether another CCC supporter has set up a meeting with your MP that you could go along to.

If your MP has already signed the EDM, you can hold a meeting and invite your MP to speak or ask them to speak at another local public event.

Whatever you want to organise for ZCB day can be part of a wider long term campaign around the EDM.

EDM 853 is the most radical statement for urgent action on climate to be found in a parliamentary context. We want to get more MPs, more people in general, talking about this kind of radical action more often. This way we can begin to influence the debate in the direction we want to, towards the quantum leap in scale of response to the climate emergency that’s required by the actual science.

There are plenty of other things you can do on the day. The Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon 2030 report is an important resource - you could organise a presentation, hold a meeting, workshop or debate around it.

You can order some of CAT’s 8-page ZCB 2030 pamphlets. To order, or if you are interested in getting a CAT speaker (possible, but not certain depending on date etc…) or otherwise attending a CAT training session in order to be able to give a ZCB by 2030 presentation yourself then please email bruce.heagerty@mail.cat.org.uk with ‘Zero Carbon Britain Day’ in the subject line – and CC: in info@campaigncc.org

Otherwise a cycle ride, a procession, a rally, a carnival, a fair, street theatre, a Zero Carbon picnic, a Zero carbon by 2030 banner-hang. a gathering at a renewable energy installation, a protest at a fossil fuel installation, a lobby of your council... are all possibilities. Whatever works best for you in your area to promote the goal of Zero Carbon by 2030  Don’t forget to contact other groups in your area who may be interested.
See more about 'Zero Carbon by 2030' here. In Kirklees, Yorkshire, they have already had their own Zero Carbon Britain Day (we're following in their footsteps with a National Day) - see what they did here.

If you are organising, or even just thinking about organising, anything for Zero Carbon Britain Day, please let us know at info@campaigncc.org - we can provide you with help and advice, and promote your event on our website.

 

Zero Carbon Beach Party

7:30pm - midnight on Saturday 16th July as part of Zero Carbon Britain Day

on the Thames, Central London

Exact location to be revealed. Send your mobile number to beachparty@campaigncc.org and we will text you the location.

'Zero Carbon Britain before we drown'  - help us project this message with a mass-participation photo-op by the Thames (see above)

Talks, performances, music on a Zero Carbon Britain theme, more details soon!
...and party, party, party on the beach by the Thames!

 

"Gasland" film screening report

On Tuesday 7th June around 30 activists packed out Housmans Bookshop in central London to watch the acclaimed film "Gasland" - about the new practice of shale gas extraction by "fracking" and the devastating environmental impacts surrounding it. There was a lively discussion afterwards and a congenial social with drinks in the pub afterwards.

 

Shale gas public meeting - Wednesday July 20th

Continuing our shale gas campaign there will be a public meeting in London, with special guest Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre, Philip Mitchell (a Green Party activist and resident in Blackpool where shale gas extraction is already happening - see news articles below) plus more speakers to be announced. The Tyndall Centre has written a report sponsored by the Co-Op recommending a moratorium on shale gas - come and hear why with the excellent Kevin Anderson.

Keep an eye out in future e-mails for the time and location but in the meantime be sure to put July 20th in your diary.
 

Next CCC London meeting - Monday June 20th at 6:45pm

in Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX (map here)

Come and plan and discuss upcoming events, including the upcoming Zero Carbon Britain Day.

All welcome, whether you're an old hand or a new face!

 

Banner painting in Brixton on Wednesday

If you're of an artistic persuasion and want to help out with an upcoming action then come and lend a hand on Wednesday 15th at our banner painting session in Brixton - it's from 4pm to 10pm at 6-8 Robsart Street, SW9 ODJ  (Stockwell or Brixton tube) - map here. Contact phone number is 0790 331 6331.



Latest UK and international news

Coalition on course to miss carbon emissions targets, says CBI
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/08/coalition-miss-emissions-targets-cbi

World CO2 levels have hit a new peak
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/31/carbon-levels-peak

The UN climate chief says that global warming should be limited to 1.5°C
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/01/christiana-figueres-climate-2c-rise

Carbon is pouring into Earth's atmosphere ten times faster today than during a dramatic event 56 million years ago that raised Earth's temperature by at least 5°C
www.independent.co.uk/environment/dire-climate-warning-locked-in-ancient-rocks-2296604.html

The Republican party has taken climate change denial out of the crank fringe and made it mainstream, says Sahil Kapur
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/may/30/climate-change-conspiracy-theory

The news is full of extreme weather headlines – floods, wildfires, droughts, tornadoes – but the US still doesn't get climate change
www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/08/climate-change-extreme-weather

MPs call for inquiry into shale gas drilling after earthquakes in Blackpool
www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/mps-call-for-inquiry-into-shale-gas-drilling-after-earthquakes-2294389.html

Reliance on gas would lead the world to a 3.5°C temperature rise, and out-of-control global warming, says new research
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/06/natural-gas-climate-change-no-panacea
 

 

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9th May 2011

STOP PRESS: Cameron may abandon climate targets. Take action here.

9th May 2011

In this newsletter:

  1. Information on Thursday's public meeting on nuclear power
  2. Announcing Zero Carbon Britain Day on July 16th
  3. A report from our "Climate change is not red tape" demo outside BIS
  4. Details of our next London meeting
  5. A special report on shale gas
  6. Online actions you can take on liquid biofuels and "red tape"
  7. The pick of the news from the UK and beyond

 

THIS THURSDAY - Nuclear Power - the Great Debate

7:00pm, Room VIII, Vernon Square Campus of SOAS (please note: NOT the main campus), off Penton Rise near Kings Cross station/tube. Map here. Directions here.

Join us in a debate on the proposition: "Nuclear Power has no place in the fight against Climate Change: it is simply a diversion which leads us away from the real answer, renewable energy".

With Stephen Tindale, ex Executive Director of Greenpeace but a recent convert to the case for nuclear, and Darren Johnson, Green Party chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee.

Does the Fukushima disaster prove that Nuclear power presents a risk greater than we can afford? Or does the burgeoning climate crisis represent a far greater risk that we should pull out all the available stops to avoid - including nuclear? Can renewables fill the gap if we scrap both fossil fuels and nuclear?  Is it politically feasible to reach a zero carbon world without nuclear?

Hear the arguments and bring your own!

 

 

Saturday 16th July - Zero Carbon Britain day

A day to promote the goal of a ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ by 2030

Organise in your town or region -

A Cycle ride, a procession, a rally, a carnival, a fair…
Workshops, a talk, a public meeting
A publicity stunt or street theatre...
A Zero Carbon picnic…
A Zero carbon by 2030 banner-hang.
A lobby of your MP 
(get them to sign the Climate Emergency EDM which demands a target of Zero Carbon by 2030)
A gathering at a renewable energy installation, a protest at a fossil fuel installation
A lobby of your council
A Climate Emergency Teach-in,
A Zero Carbon how-to-get-there Teach in or debate
A climate impacts ‘Climate Justice’ Teach-in
A presentation on the basis of the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon 2030 report.
A mixture of some of these… for instance take them in on a cycle or walking tour... or
 
Whatever works best for you in your area to promote the goal of Zero Carbon by 2030
 
More information to follow in future newsletters but in the meantime you can read more here: zcbday

 

 

Demo report: Action on Climate Change is not "Red Tape"

Demo outside the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Thursday 21st April

The government is defining the Climate Act, crucial legislation against the greatest threat facing humanity, as “red tape”.

Not only that, but a host of other environmental legislation like the Wildlife and Countryside Act are potentially being thrown on the deregulation bonfire.

See further: www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/apr/17/environment-green-laws-red-tape

and www.bis.gov.uk/

This looks like the thin end of the wedge of a trend towards deregulation that in the US, for instance, is threatening to roll back decades of environmental progress – as well as preventing any kind of meaningful action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

The Campaign against Climate Change was outside the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills a few days after the "red tape challenge" launch,  with the message that calling action on climate "red tape"  is not acceptable...

See our Online actions section for more information and a petition.

 

Monday 23rd May CCC London meeting

Our next London meeting is scheduled for 6:45pm in Housman’s Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX (map here). Everyone’s invited and welcome to have their say regarding upcoming events.

 

Shale Gas – the bogus ‘Green Energy Solution’ being promoted by the oil companies

Conventional natural gas has long been promoted as the most climate friendly of the fossil fuels with lower CO2 emissions than oil and, even more so, coal. But – like oil – its beginning to run out, especially in well exploited areas like the US or the North Sea.

However a new extraction technique is allowing the exploitation of the massive untapped reserves of so called ‘shale gas’. Shale gas is now being heralded as the "cleaner energy future" by, for instance, Shell, on the grounds that it is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to coal.

The process to extract it - that is already in use in a big way in America - involves hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", where water and chemicals are pumped into the ground to force out the gas (which is trapped within  the ‘shale’ and so not extractable by conventional means). However this process has already, in its relatively short history, caused a great deal of controversy, due to the environmental problems it has caused, including water contamination and higher rates of air pollution than that of coal production – as identified, for instance, by Guardian writer Chris Shearlock. The controversial environmental impacts associated with the process in the US have been well portrayed in the documentary film Gasland.

And now ‘fracking’ is coming to the UK! The UK government is keen to take America's lead and start "fracking" on British shores - starting with a site (see photo, right) near Blackpool.

The real threat that ‘shale gas’ poses is that it is being pushed by the oil companies, and others, as a ‘cheap’ way of reducing  emissions – and therefore, implicitly, an alternative to renewables that could compete for funding. This is despite the fact that a recent study suggests that – due mainly to relatively high rates of inadvertent methane release – shale gas is little better, or even worse, than coal in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, especially as measured over a shorter rather than longer time scale.
 
A report from the Tyndall Centre is recommending a moratorium on shale gas pending further study. As the Centre points out,  whilst shale gas is being pushed as a ‘bridging’ technology between coal burning and fully developed renewables what we are actually seeing is yet another ‘unconventional’ fossil fuel – like tar sands – which is adding to, not subtracting from, the total amount that we are extracting from the earth. This is given that there can be little certainty that it will be used ‘instead of’, rather than simply ‘in addition to’ coal and other fossil fuels. And it is a dangerous distraction from the real solution that has to come from the rapid and immediate ramping up of renewable technologies.

Shale gas, in short, is not all it is fracked up to be!



E-mail actions

Why has the Climate Change Act been included in the government’s review of ‘red tape’? You can tell them what you think here: www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/environment/industrial-emissions-and-carbon-reductions/

38 Degrees are also running a petition: www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/dont-scrap-environment-laws

Call for a 0% biofuel target for petrol and diesel in the UK, e-mail the Department for Transport here: www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/rtfo_may2011.php
 

 

Climate change in the news – UK

Cabinet to decide soon whether to accept the recommendations of Committee on Climate Change to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030. Cameron is in danger of rejecting these targets.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/09/climate-defining-green-moment-cameron

Friends of the Earth report provides detailed analysis of Government’s dismal green record during first year in office.
www.foe.co.uk/resource/reports/greenest_gvt_ever.pdf

SNP election victory could see Scotland push ahead with ambitious renewable energy plans.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2046069/salmond-defends-scottish-renewable-energy-targets

Green party take majority on Brighton and Hove council.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2069074/green-poised-control-uk-council-brighton-victory

CBI says lack of clear government policy on climate change is deterring investment in low carbon infrastructure.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2045595/cbi-policy-uncertainty-derailing-low-carbon-economy

 

Climate change in the news – International

IPCC study finds renewables supply, particularly solar power, can meet global energy demand
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/09/ipcc-renewable-energy-power-world

New research reveals climate change has driven up food prices by as much as 20% over recent decades.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/05/food-prices-global-warming

Data on carbon footprint of imported goods destroys myth of rich world carbon cuts
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/datablog/2011/apr/28/carbon-emissions-imports-exports-trade

Legally binding climate deal impossible this year, say US and EU envoys.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/28/durban-climate-deal-impossible

7th April 2011

There's a lot coming up over the next few months for you to get involved in... so this newsletter is crammed!

  1. The People's Petition for a Million Climate Jobs launches
  2. A public meeting on nuclear power, hearing both sides of the argument, is set for next month
  3. A fundraising ceilidh in London next Saturday, as part of a series of fundraising events around the country
  4. The next London meeting - on April the 19th
  5. New to our website: an account of how the Koch Brothers fund climate change denial in the US
  6. E-mail actions on climate change targets and the Energy Bill
  7. An appeal to find out how public spending cuts are affecting climate change mitigation in your area
  8. The most important news stories from the UK and around the world over the past month

 

People’s Petition for a Million Climate Jobs

The Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group launched a “People’s Petition for a Million Climate Jobs” on 26th March – the day of the big TUC demonstration. It calls on the Government to give “urgent and serious consideration” to the recommendations of the Million Climate Jobs report and lists its key points. It is backed by a growing number of MPs and national trade unions.

Sign the petition here: www.climate-change-jobs.org/petition

See below for more online actions you can take!

 

Thursday 12th May Nuclear Power - the Great Debate

7:00pm, venue TBA (keep an eye on www.campaigncc.org or future emails)

Join us in a debate on the proposition: "Nuclear Power has no place in the fight against Climate Change: it is simply a diversion which leads us away from the real answer, renewable energy".

With Stephen Tindale, ex Executive Director of Greenpeace but a recent convert to the case for nuclear, and Darren Johnson, Green Party chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee.

Does the Fukushima disaster prove that Nuclear power presents a risk greater than we can afford? Or does the burgeoning climate crisis represent a far greater risk that we should pull out all the available stops to avoid - including nuclear? Can renewables fill the gap if we scrap both fossil fuels and nuclear?  Is it politically feasible to reach a zero carbon world without nuclear?

Hear the arguments and bring your own!

 

Saturday 16th April Fundraising Ceilidh in London

Get your dancing shoes on for the CCC fundraising ceilidh in London, bought to you by the Green Kite Midnight band.

Doors open 7:30. Ceilidh 8:15-10:30, followed by DJs 'til late.

Tickets are £10 (concessions £5), BOOK ONLINE HERE or pay at the door.

Venue address:

The Others
6 - 8 Manor Road
Stoke Newington
London N16 5SA (map)


This is part of a fortnight of fundraising actions in aid of CCC which include a Zero Carbon tour of Kirklees and a nettle eating challenge in the Lake District! For more information and to see how you can help go to fundraisingfortnight2011. We’ve created a downloadable guide to holding a demonstration as well as sponsorship forms so it’s really easy to do something to raise funds for us.

 

Tuesday 19th April CCC London meeting

Our next London meeting is scheduled for 6:45pm in Housman’s Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX (map here). Everyone’s invited and welcome to have their say regarding upcoming events.

 

New on the Campaign against Climate Change website: The Koch Brothers - funders of climate disinformation

Read our blow-by-blow narrative at sceptics/funders

DeSmogBlog reports that they are moving into Canadian politics while in Washington DC they’re the target of a 2,000 strong demonstration. To add to their embarrassment, a report on climate change that they partly funded concludes what scientists have been saying all along, that the world is rapidly getting warmer.

 

Campaign actions

Tell Cameron and Clegg to accept Committee on Climate Change targets on climate change.
e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=789&ea.campaign.id=9852

Ask your MP for a better Energy Bill
e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=14&ea.campaign.id=9930

 

Help gather evidence about the cuts

The Low Carbon Communities Network are asking for help with a survey on cuts to council staff working on low carbon issues. Can you find out what’s happening in your area? Fill it in here:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/68ZG3SB

The Campaign for Better Transport want to know about cuts to local bus services. Some rural counties risk losing 50% or even 100% of their council-funded bus services. Help track the cuts here:
www.bettertransport.org.uk/campaigns/climate_change/spending-review-2010/cuts-watch

 

Climate change in the news – UK

In the 2011 Budget, the government retreated from policies to tackle climate change in favour of short-term political gain. 
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/mar/23/budget-2011-green-economy-investment
Summary:
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/23/budget-2011-green-measures

Britain has fallen from third to 13th place in league table of countries investing in alternative energy and clean technology
www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/829664/revealed_how_much_is_your_country_investing_in_renewables.html

‘Climate Week’ took place amid controversy about its corporate sponsors.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/mar/21/climate-week-activism-rbs?intcmp=239

 

Climate change in the news – International

UN climate change conference in Bangkok from 3-8 April 2011
www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/01/us-climate-talks-idUSTRE7300U620110401

Arctic Ocean freshwater will cause 'unpredictable changes on climate'
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/05/arctic-ocean-freshwater-climate

The US Senate is due to vote as early as Wednesday on measures that would strip the Obama administration of its powers to act on climate change.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/30/senate-vote-obama-climate-change

Six governments join UK in push for EU target of 30% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/mar/13/chris-huhne-eu-climate-targets

Australian prime minister faces massive slump in ratings over plan to introduce carbon tax.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/16/julia-gillard-carbon-tax-australia

Norway pays Guyana to protect forests. Praise from Tony Juniper,
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/01/historic-move-rainforests but criticism here:
www.redd-monitor.org/2011/03/25/eight-problems-with-norways-redd-support-to-guyana-open-letter-to-erik-solheim/

Arctic sea ice extent this winter was among the smallest ever seen, tying with 2006 for the least amount of ice covering the region around the North Pole.
www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/24/us-arctic-ice-idUSTRE72N7KL20110324

3rd March 2011


Spring has sprung and we're springing into action! In this newsletter…

A report from the CCC's AGM and information on how you can get involved with various working groups.

  1. The time and date of the next London meeting
  2. A report back from the World Social Forum in Senegal
  3. The upcoming fundraising fortnight and what you can do to help raise money for us
  4. Online petitions against deforestation in Ireland and in support of greater energy efficiency for rented homes
  5. The latest news from the UK and globally


The Campaign against Climate Change Forum/AGM 2011
Confronting the Climate Emergency in an era of "austerity"

The CCC AGM was lively, positive and sets us up for the coming year in a very constructive way. Sub-groups concentrating on various areas of campaigning are underway. These include:

The CCC London “rapid response” group – responding to events soon after they happen. Keep your eyes peeled for further developments.

The Fundraising group – e-mail funding@campaigncc.org or see below about the upcoming Fundraising Fortnight.

International working group – we need volunteers to work with environmental organisations around the world, for more information e-mail info@globalclimatecampaign.org

The trade union/million climate jobs group – to join the e-mail list please e-mail climatetradeunion@googlemail.com.

Not sure what you want to do? Come along to the...

Next London meeting

Monday 14 March at 6:45pm in Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, N1 9DX (map here). Everyone welcome.

 

Building the Global Day of Action 2011 at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal

Report from CCC National Coordinator, Phil Thornhill

This year’s UN Climate Talks will be in Durban, South Africa. Earlier this month the World Social Forum took place – also in Africa, making it especially significant as an opportunity to build support for our Global Day of Action on climate at the time on the UN talks. Especially, of course, in terms of building support in Africa itself and spreading some of the energy that is building in South Africa itself all around the continent.

So on that basis I went!  The Forum itself turned out to be the most badly organised I’ve ever known (though adverse political developments locally might have been part of the reason)  and for that reason quite stressful. Our workshop comprised about 10 WSFers and 40 revising Maths students!

Nevertheless for me it was an opportunity to make face to face contact with our very strong local partner – “Amis de la Nature Senegal”, led by the redoubtable and ever-busy Mamadou Mbodj (who ended up lecturing the Maths students on climate change!).  Also of course it was an opportunity to meet a lot of other climate campaigners from all around Africa but especially the sizeable South African contingent.  The South Africans have been enthusiastic participants in the Global Day of Action – especially over the last two years – and it seems 90% certain that they will once again organise their big mobilisation on the Saturday midway through the COP (3rd December this year). On that basis we can build a strong Global Day of Action with folk all around the world supporting the South African protest with demonstrations and events on the same day – 3rd December.

Africa, of course, is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change whilst having minimal responsibility so this year should be the occasion for an especially strong Climate Justice message. There was little doubt, at the climate events that actually managed to take place at the WSF, that there is already a lot of energy building around this, in South Africa, itself, and elsewhere.

For more information on the Global Day of Action see www.globalclimatecampaign.org


Fundraising fortnight

The Campaign is short on money, in order to campaign with the energy essential to tackling climate change we urgently need to raise money! We're running a Fundraising Fortnight, a 2 week period from 10th to 24th April 2011 where activists and volunteers like you organise events in your local area to raise money for CCC. You might put on a quiz night in your local pub, do a sponsored cycle or run, or even a sponsored bus ride showing support for the campaign against public bus service cuts! We need you to let us know you would be willing to organise a fundraising event by e-mailing funding@campaigncc.org and we'll give you all the support you need including your own donation section on the CCC website! Lets work together to make 2011 a big year for the Campaign against Climate Change, email now to funding@campaigncc.org


Campaign actions

While the immediate threat to England’s forests has been removed, another huge sell-off of the public forests is planned in Ireland.
www.thepetitionsite.com/2/help-save-irelands-forests/

Stopping our homes leaking heat is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to slash climate-changing carbon emissions. Co-sign a letter to Chris Huhne asking him to ensure rented homes have to meet a basic standard of insulation.
www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/cold_times_27010.html

 

Climate change in the news – UK

The Public Bodies Bill threatens the independence of the Committee on Climate Change, potentially undermining the Climate Change Act. 
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/13/climate-change-committee-quangos

The sell-off of England’s forests has been abandoned in a government U-turn.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2026965/forests-sell-abandoned-cameron

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has overruled Bristol council, allowing a power plant fuelled by palm oil to be built.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-12439191

New research has found that global warming made the floods that devastated England and Wales in the autumn of 2000, costing £3.5bn, between two and three times more likely to happen.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/16/climate-change-risk-uk-floods

The Carbon Trust budget is to be cut by 40%.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2026073/carbon-trust-confirms-cent-budget-cut

A government review is likely to cut feed-in tariff incentives for larger solar installations.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2028701/huhne-heat-solar-review-critics

The government has published a ‘sustainable development strategy’
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2029471/coalition-unveils-arching-sustainable-government-strategy    

Meanwhile, the final report from the soon-to-be-scrapped Sustainable Development Commission warns that attmpts by the government's to ‘nudge’ people into sustainable living are likely to fail in the absence of stronger government action.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2027481/sustainable-development-commission-slams-timid-green-nudge-policy

The consultation on a UK high-speed rail network has been published.
www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2029288/green-signal-speed-rail-consultation

Climate change in the news – International

A Republican bill in the US Congress threatens funding for climate change measures, including steps towards regulating greenhouse gas emissions, clean energy research, the White House climate change adviser, and US funding for the IPCC and UNFCCC. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/28/barack-obama-delay-climate-action

A new study claims more demanding greenhouse gas emissions targets would help spur Europe's economic recovery. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2027916/deeper-emissions-cuts-pull-europe-economic-mire

Denmark and UK argue for a higher emissions cuts target for Europe.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/24/denmark-europe-climate-change

Three-quarters of world's coral reefs are in danger of dying owing to pollution, overfishing and climate change.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/23/coral-reef-report-dying-danger

The United Nations has set out its blueprint of how to green the world's economy, in order to kickstart economic growth after the recession, without generating an accompanying rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2011/feb/21/un-blueprint-green-economy

Climate scientist Kevin Anderson warns models guiding climate policy are 'dangerously optimistic'.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/24/models-climate-policy-optimistic

11th February 2011

The first newsletter of 2011 is worth the wait as we’ve got loads to share with you:

  1. A report from the National Climate March 2010 and other actions from around the world
  2. Information on next Saturday's AGM
  3. The upcoming public meeting regarding the forest sell-off and a closer look at the campaign and the politics surrounding it
  4. The upcoming lobby of MPs
  5. Actions you can take right now
  6. The excellent BBC documentary on climate sceptics
  7. A round up of the important climate change articles that have been in the news recently

 

Report from the National Climate March – 4th December 2010

Yes, it seems a while ago now, but if you haven’t seen the pictures or videos check them out at climatemarch2010

This year, the march focused on the theme ‘Zero Carbon Britain 2030’. A thousand demonstrators spelt out the message for ZERO carbon by 2030 in Hyde Park, London, before joining the march to Parliament. The range of speakers showed the strength and diversity of the climate movement: Caroline Lucas MP (Britain's first Green MP),  Michael Meacher MP (veteran environmental champion in the Labour Party), John McDonnell MP (Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington), Andy Atkins (Director of  Friends of the Earth), Tony Kearns (long term climate campaigner as well as Communication Workers Union Gen Sec), Maria Souviron (ambassador from Bolivia, the country leading the charge for developing countries demanding climate justice at the UN talks ), Paul Allen representing the Zero Carbon Britain 2030 project),  Ben Brangwyn (co-founder of Transition Towns), Sophie Allain (from Climate Camp and spokesperson for the Ratcliffe 20 Direct Action activists), Maryla Hart (from Biofuelwatch) and John Stewart (chair of AirportWatch and HACAN).

You can read the ZCB 2030 report www.zerocarbonbritain.com and your organisation can also sign up to affiliate with the movement towards a Zero Carbon Britain.

The demo in London was just one of many demonstrations that took place around the world as part of the Global Day of Action on Climate. From South Africa to Serbia and from Nepal to New Caledonia people took to the streets to demand action on climate change from their country’s leaders in Cancún. The protests varied from a “sing for the climate day” to petitioning and even a breakdancing flashmob! For more information and demo reports go to www.globalclimatecampaign.org.

 

So, moving forwards to 2011...

Saturday 19 February

Campaign against Climate Change Forum/AGM: Confronting the Climate Emergency in an era of “austerity”

Join us in discussing how to put climate change back at the heart of the national political scene. We want your inspiration and energy and we want to convert ideas into real action. Form groups with others with similar interests/ideas within the campaign... get active in the fight against the greatest threat to humanity we've ever seen...

Venue still unconfirmed but will be central London, probably SOAS. Check agm2011 nearer the time. For an e-mail alert make sure you're on our Major Events e-mail list: {action.subscribeUrl}

 

Saturday 12 March

Save Our Forests public meeting

1:00pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP(map here)

The Public Bodies Bill is currently in the House of Lords and its current wording gives the government powers to sell off up to 100% of English forests without any further involvement from Parliament. Opposition is mobilising around the country. Our public meeting will provide the opportunity to hear from a line-up of top speakers. Watch this space: forestsmeeting

In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, please sign the petition on the 38 Degrees website. www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/save-our-forests#petition

Read discussion of the possible climate change impact at: www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/2011/01/timber-forests-sale-threat-to-co2/

A Defra and Forestry Commission study showed that the government can expect disposing of the land to cost £679m over 20 years, but the benefits will only be £655m. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/02/forest-sell-off-cameron-listens

Latest news: The government has put on hold plans to sell off some English forests - but the main scheme could still go ahead: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12428814 “We’re not out of the woods yet” say 38 Degrees.

 

Mass lobby of MPs - February to April

Public meetings and lobby meetings with MPs as the Energy Bill makes its way through parliament – find out details of events as they are arranged on www.stopclimatechaos.org/the-big-connection

 

Campaign actions

Get your MP to sign EDM 853! Our “climate emergency” EDM was tabled by John McDonnell MP last October, now we’re asking you to urge your MP to sign what is possibly the most radical EDM on climate change ever tabled. The full text along with a list of current signatories and model letters to send to your MP and local paper are on our website: climateemergencycampaign#edm

The German Lufthansa has published plans for the world's first commercial flights with agrofuel-blends from April 2011 - including palm oil.  To find out more and protest against the use of palm oil go to www.rainforest-rescue.org/mailalert/663/german-government-funds-lufthansa-partnership-with-leading-palm-oil-agrofuel-producer

 

Featured video – Storyville: Meet the Climate Sceptics

The BBC made an excellent documentary giving an insight on how climate change sceptics work (focusing particularly on our Hall of Shame's very own Christopher Monckton) and how they influence the public and politicians. You can watch it on the BBC's iPlayer website until March 1st: bbc.in/hHhYvS

 

Climate change in the news - UK

Revelations continue to emerge about the behaviour of undercover police infiltrating groups of environmental activists, while Ratcliffe-on-Soar protesters walk free. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/mark-kennedy

George Monbiot comments: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/17/eco-terrorism-policing-environmental-activists

The Green Investment Bank may invest in nuclear energy. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1938573/green-investment-bank-advised-offer-nuclear-free-bonds

Boris Johnson has backed a report calling for a new London airport. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12211119

The government has been urged to pass legislation requiring large firms to report annually on their greenhouse gas emissions by a coalition including Oxfam, Nestle and BAA. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1937500/business-leaders-demand-coalition-trigger-mandatory-carbon-reporting-rules

Climate change in the news - International

The first round of UNFCCC negotiations will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from April 3rd to 8th, hoping to progress with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol: www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/28/us-climate-talks-idUSTRE70R1WK20110128

UN finds 2010 to be the joint warmest year on record, tied with 1998 and 2005. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/20/met-office-2010-second-warmest-year

CO2 levels in the atmosphere have touched 390 parts per million. www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/26/robin-mckie-carbon-emissions-up

New figures show clean energy sources, including hydropower, delivered more than a quarter of China's electricity last year. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1937683/clean-energy-delivers-quarter-chinas-electricity

 

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2nd December 2010

Climate March and Cancun special

Marching about global warming? In this weather?

YES!

After last year’s debacle in Copenhagen, it was always going to be a challenge to get public attention on this year’s COP16  talks in Cancun, but the early snowfalls aren’t helping!  UK media attention is focused on the current disruption caused by snow rather than the future impacts of climate change. Unfortunately snow in early winter in the UK doesn’t alter the evidence showing climate change is happening. NASA found average global temperatures over January to July 2010 were the warmest ever recorded.

In fact it looks like the snow and wintry weather is actually be caused by a warming Arctic. This was predicted as long ago as June, this year. See
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100611093710.htm

See further https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101117114028.htm

And check out this video: http://hot-topic.co.nz/the-climate-show-3-cancun-and-cooling/ (from 6:51)

The UN climate negotiations are happening NOW, and we need you to come along and join us tomorrow (Saturday ). Tell the Government they must push for a fair deal at Cancun. By marching, we can show solidarity with countries in the frontline of climate change who are desperately trying to get rich nations like the UK to accept their responsibilities.

On their behalf we can demand a magnified sense of urgency, and of ambition, from the government here at home  This is an opportunity to make a stand for a radical and visionary target of a “Zero Carbon Britain” by 2030 – and for the ‘million climate jobs’ we will need to bring about this revolutionary decarbonisation of the economy. We have positive answers - not only to the greatest threat humanity faces, but also to the economic crisis.

The weather forecast at the moment shows Saturday may be a bit milder and sunnier than recent days but we want to show we will keep marching for climate justice whatever the weather ! Wrap up warm  (don’t forget your thick socks) and come along by 12 noon to take part in our giant 1,000 people  ‘aerial’ photo in Hyde Park. – which is going to look stunning in the snow !

Bring a friend too. Tell them just how warm and fuzzy they’ll feel afterwards, sitting in the pub (or wherever) knowing they’ve done their bit!  You can relax in good company afterwards at  the official afterparty at the The Enterprise Pub in Holborn.

Full details  (see also www.campaigncc.org):


March on Parliament for a Zero Carbon Britain and a Million Climate Jobs

Saturday December 4th

Part of a Global Day of Action on climate (www.globalclimatecampaign.org) on the Saturday midway through the UN Climate Talks in Cancún, Mexico.

Timetable:

10.30 am Protest Bike ride assembles at Lincoln's Inn Fields - to join the main protest at Hyde Park later. See here for route map and more information.

11.00 am Climate Service at the Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street organised by Christian Ecology,  see here.

12..00 noon Assemble on North Carriageway Drive (near Speakers Corner), Hyde Park

12.00 - 1.00 pm  Help us with a giant aerial 1,000 people photo spelling out a message for zero carbon by 2030.  Arrive at the Climate demo prompt at 12.00 noon  or a little earlier, and that will be really helpful for us in putting together our giant 1,000 person photo spelling out  2030(with one giant zero) for 'Zero Carbon by 2030'. Be part of the message - join with others to make a permanent photo-statement, and get the best out of the days climate action.  We have just one hour - 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm - to get the photo sorted so if enough people arrive early enough it will help us a lot. And you can make sure of your place in the photo!

Zero Carbon March to Parliament
via Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Picadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Abingdon Street (opposite Parliament)

2.30 pm: Climate Emergency Rally opposite Parliament.. Speakers to include  Caroline Lucas MP (leader, Green Party), Michael Meacher MP (Labour), John McDonnell MP (Labour), Maria Souviron (Bolivian ambassador), Andy Atkins (Director, Friends of the Earth), Paul Allen (Centre for Alternative Technology, zerocarbon Britain2030 report), Tony Kearns (Communication Workers Union), Ben Brangwyn (co-founder Transition Towns), John Stewart (chair, AirportWatch), Sophie Allain, (Ratcliffe 20,Climate Camp), Marylla Hart (Biofuelwatch)...

Tea, coffee, soup etc. will be served by the Brixton Tea Party.

5.00 pm: Afterparty at The Enterprise Pub, Red Lion Street, Holborn. See here for more details.



Online actions

Check https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change?origin=d7 for the latest online actions related to the Cancun talks, including emailing the Japanese Prime Minister to tell him not to scrap Kyoto.

Climate change in the news - COP16 special

Talks suffer early setback after Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/dec/01/cancun-climate-change-summit-japan-kyoto

The lead negotiator for Pakistan, Farrukh Iqbal Khan, gives a good introduction to COP16
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/cif-green/2010/dec/01/cancun-climate-change-summit-trust

Pablo Solon (Bolivian ambassador to the UN) launches a scathing attack on what  “low expectations” really means and the United States’ carbon emissions
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/nov/30/cancun-climate-talks-pablo-salon

Chinagets put in the spotlight by Deborah Seligsohn from the World Resources Institute:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/dec/01/cancun-climate-change-summit-china

A special report by the Independent on Sunday has case studies of people that are experiencing climate change first-hand
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/voices-from-the-frontline-of-global-warming-2145793.html

 

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19th November 2010

In this newsletter…

 

National Climate March 2010

March on Parliament for a Zero Carbon Britain

Saturday December 4th – 12 noon, Hyde Park
 
The failure of the international Talks in Copenhagen doesn't mean the threat of catastrophic Climate Change has got any less grave or less urgent. Don't let them think last year's big climate demo was just a 'one-off wonder'.  Tell them we need urgent action NOW and take to government a message and vision for a Zero Carbon Britain that won’t just stop with this demo but that we can build on afterwards!

And remember building a Zero Carbon Britain means Climate Jobs Now: we have a positive vision not only for addressing the global threat of climate catastrophe but also for the economic crisis.

Timetable for the day

10.30 am Protest Bike Ride assembles at Lincoln's Inn Fields.

11 am Climate Service

12 noon  Assemble on North Carriage Drive (just west of Speaker's Corner), Hyde Park (Marble Arch tube)

12-1 pm Mass photo spelling out the message for Zero Carbon by 2030 

Then...

Zero Carbon March to Parliament

2.30 pm Climate Emergency Rally on Whitehall. Speakers to include Caroline Lucas MP (leader, Green Party), John McDonnell MP (Labour), Michael Meacher MP (Labour), Paul Allen (pioneer, Zero Carbon Britain project), Maria Souviron (Bolivian ambassador), Deborah Doane (Director, World Development Movement), Andy Atkins (Director, Friends of the Earth) and Ben Brangwyn (co-founder Transition Towns).

5.00 pm Afterparty!

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP…

Help us make placards

From 5pm to 10pm, this coming Wednesday 24th November at the PCS building on 160 Falcon Road, Clapham, SW11 2LN. (Just round the corner from Clapham Junction station) Map here. Contact number on the day is 0790 331 6331.

We need stewards!

If you're planning on coming on December 4th, why not join us as a volunteer steward and help make the event run smoothly. We rely on our stewards to make the day a successful one for everybody, and those who have helped in the past have enjoyed being part of the team (the after-party in the pub is optional but recommended!)  No previous experience necessary.  If you think you can help, or want to know more, e-mail stewards@campaigncc.org There is a stewards briefing meeting at 6:30pm on Monday 29th November at a venue to be announced (check here for the venue and for more information).

Last-minute flyering

Could you hand out a few flyers or put up posters at your local community centre/student union/church/workplace/charity shop/farmers' market/meeting...?  Contact us at info@campaigncc.org or call us on 020 7833 9311 and we'll supply you with materials. We have A6, A5, A4 and A3 fliers and posters. If you'd like to help but not sure how, drop us a line and we'll let you know what you can do over the next couple of weeks. We're especially looking for people to join our postering group, so get in touch if you're interested.

Letter writing

Write a letter to your local paper, student newspaper, union newsletter, etc. mentioning the demo and the need for bold, ambitious targets on climate change at the Cancún climate change.

Social networking

Don’t forget to tell your friends as well – forward this email or invite them to the march or bike ride through Facebook.

For more information check out www.campaigncc.org
 

Meeting report – Zero Carbon by 2030: Action for the Climate Emergency

A great event was held in Friends House on Saturday October 30th with a rich diversity of speakers and fast-paced sessions interspersed with music and video - and plenty of time for discussion. The theme was creating a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030 but the climate crisis was addressed from a variety of angles. The serious speaker sessions were followed by some great music in the evening concert that followed.... and the sounds even kept going in the pub till late at night...

Speakers included  Jonathan Essex (Green Party), Maria Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador), Alexis Rowell (‘Cutting the Carbon’, Camden CAN), Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), George Marshall (founder, COIN), Phil Thornhill (CCC) Ben Brangwyn (Transition Towns), Vicki Hird (FoE Real Food Campaign), John Stewart (HACAN, AirportWatch), Stephen Murphy (‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Team), Deepak Rughani from Biofuelwatch, and John McDonnell MP (Labour, via video)

You can see videos of the speakers by clicking on their names.


 

Cancún – background and issues

This helpful summary from Reuters Africa highlights the low expectations for Cancún, in contrast to last year at Copenhagen, and the barriers that must be overcome

Climate financing for poorer nations will be a key issue at the talks – the IIED reports that rich nations are failing to keep their Copenhagen promises.


 

Online Actions

Email Chris Huhne asking him to ensure the UK plays its part on climate finance for developing countries in Cancún.

Tell President Obama to become a world leader for the global climate movement at the Cancún climate talks.


 

Climate change in the news - UK

UK government says EU biofuels policy is counter-productive and needs to be rethought. www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/biofuel-plan-will-cause-rise-in-carbon-emissions-2129773.html

Millions of homeowners living near the sea or rivers may face a new tax to pay for flood defences. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/minister-plans-to-hit-homes-with-flood-tax-2133555.html

 

Climate change in the news - International

At the close of the latest G20 meeting in Seoul, leaders reiterated their commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and deliver a deal at Cancún. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1897887/g20-vows-spare-effort-Cancún-climate-talks

Business leaders from around 250 companies issued a renewed call for politicians to deliver "an ambitious, robust and equitable global deal on climate change" www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1898297/global-business-leaders-issue-Cancún-rallying

US elections cause power shift in Congress towards climate deniers. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/03/obama-green-agenda-crushed-midterm

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency attempt to use the Clean Air Act to curb greenhouse gas emissions. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1895645/epa-sparks-fresh-row-release-greenhouse-gas-guidance

In California, voters rejected Proposition 23, aiming to block the state’s climate change legislation, but Proposition 26, requiring a two-thirds majority for new taxes, is passed and may threaten environmental legislation. www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/11/03/03greenwire-califs-little-noticed-prop-26-squeaks-through-59912.html

Spain identifies green jobs as the answer to soaring unemployment. www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1895650/spain-backs-green-growth-combat-soaring-unemployment

4th October 2010

4th October 2010

In this newsletter:

 

Upcoming events

Zero Carbon by 2030: Action for the Climate Emergency

Saturday 30th October at Friends House, Euston Road, London

1.00 pm to 7.00 pm Climate Forum
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm Climate Concert

Zero Carbon by 2030. We need to reach this goal and we can reach this goal. But to get there we will need a radical programme of climate action for the UK – a positive vision with real solutions. Join us in challenging the new government to take the kind of action we really need to address the Climate Emergency.

Speakers to include John McDonnell MP (Lab, Hayes and Harlington), Caroline Lucas MP (leader Green Party, Brighton Pavillion), Maria Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador), Alexis Rowell (‘Cutting the Carbon’, Camden CAN), Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), George Marshall (founder, COIN), Vicki Hird (FoE Real Food Campaign), John Stewart (HACAN, AirportWatch), Stephen Murphy (‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Team), Chris Baugh (Asst. Gen Sec PCS - Public and Commercial Services Union) – and more to be announced.

The Copenhagen debacle made it clear that we will not see any kind of effective reponse to the Climate Emergency coming out of the international negotiations before there is a radical shift in climate politics and policy at the national level. What we are seeing in the UK, however, is a painfully slow, faltering and piecemeal approach from a government that clearly does not regard the imminent threat of catastrophic climate change as its first priority. What we need is a coherent plan of radical action on a scale sufficient to match the threat.

We know the curent response to the climate crisis is woefully inadequate - come and join us in making the positive alternative more real.

The schedule will include sessions on:

Oh Gosh! Oh Help! Oh no!
The Climate Emergency: what the science is telling us. When will all the arctic sea ice melt and what happens then?

Yes, we can!
Zero Carbon Britain, rapid decarbonisation of the economy, Green Energy Revolution.

Yes, we must!
Climate Justice, avoiding false solutions, facing hard choices, stopping the expansion of the high-emissions aviation industry, reducing speeds and emisions of private transport, stopping the UK’s contribution to deforestation, ending agrofuel use, the UK’s climate debt to the South and how to repay it.

Win-Win
One million Climate jobs! A Green New Deal.

The evening continues with

Climate Concert
Music and entertainment

 

National Climate March 2010

The year’s biggest climate change demonstration is on Saturday 4th December, to co-incide with the UN climate talks in Cancún, Mexico and part of a Global Day of Action (see www.globalclimatecampaign.org for details).

Challenge the government to take the action we need to meet the climate threat. The provisional plan is to assemble at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park at 12noon for a Zero Carbon March to Parliament Square where a Climate Emergency Rally takes place at 2:00pm. Details are yet to be finalised so keep an eye on future e-mails.

Fliers are available to download and print online at materials or if you want some posted for you to distribute, e-mail the office at info@campaigncc.org with your name, address, and approximately how many fliers you want. We also have A4 and A3 posters.

The Big Climate Connection – in your local area

If you’re feeling active after the October 30th public meeting (or simply can’t make the meeting and are itching to do something) then Stop Climate Chaos are organising a mass lobby of MPs in constituencies on the 5th and 6th of November, before the new UK Energy Bill and the Cancun climate talks in December. You can find out out how to join your local lobby - or arrange one - here: www.stopclimatechaos.org/the-big-connection
MPs expect to meet their constituents and find out their concerns. Make sure that climate change is top of their agenda.


Demo reports

National Agrofuels Demonstration – 25th September

Hundreds of protestors from the local community and from all around the country gathered on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, to protest against a proposed palm oil burning agrofuel power station. Coachloads from London and Bristol and individuals from as far as Leeds, Aberdeen and Newport joined hundreds of local campaigners to march from Chesil Beach Car Park, along the seafront to the narrow street that leads to the entrance to Portland Dock, the site of the proposed plant.

Here, Andrew Butler from the local campaigning group 'NOPE' (No Palm Oil Energy') drew a symbolic 'line in the sand' against any further expansion of the use of agrofuels for energy.

Speeches were made outside the port, and a note of support read out from Poole MP Annette Brooke. Members of 'Seize the Day' played to the crowd and many campaigners gathered afterwards at St George's Hall on the island for food, workshops and more music from Seize the Day and a local band. See a report of the demo with more photos on the NOPE website here, and there is also a photo gallery on Demotix.

The protest was filmed by BBC South (see here) and had already been widely reported in the local press (see Dorset Echo article here) Meanwhile news also surfaced that Chris Huhne, following our small protest outside DECC (see below) at which we were able to directly confront him, had reported to the 'Green Lib Dems' at the Lib Dem party conference that he was getting his lawyers to investigate the level of subsidy given to developers of the Portland agrofuel power station. We desperately need to keep the pressure up but there are some signs that our protests are already having some impact on this crucial issue.

A week or so earlier on September 15th there was a small demo outside DECC:

The demonstration was preceded by a photo-op and handing in of 5,000 signatures (collected by Lush Cosmetics Stores) against agrofuel subsidies at 1.00 pm.

Our demonstration was at DECC, the government Department of Energy and Climate Change, because they are responsible for classifying 'agrofuels' as a 'renewable energy' and supporting the rapid increase in their use with "Renewable Obligation Certificates" . See above our spoof photo-op where Chris Huhne, (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) is handing a "Deforestation Certifcate" to W4B the company that intends to build an agrofuel power station at Portland and Bristol.

DECC staff leaving the building were leafleted - including Chris Huhne himself who had one pressed into his hand. And Deepak Rughani from Biofuelwatch, plus Peter Deane, Phil Thornhill and Maryla Hart briefly addressed the crowd.

We’ve made a short MP3 of the speeches which you can download here.

Following the demo at 7.00 pm we held a Public Meeting at SOAS entitled “How we can stop ‘Agrofuels’ undermining the fight against climate change.” After a brief introduction to the issue from Phil Thornhill the CCC National Co-ordinator, Andrew Butler from ‘NOPE’ (‘No Palm Oil Energy”) the local campaign group down on the Isle of Portland, filled us in on how the campaign against a proposed agrofuel power station down there had started and evolved, as well as recounting his own experiences encountering the impacts of agrofuels on indigenous people in Indonesia. Next Kenneth Richter from Friends of the Earth, who was just back from talking to anti-agrofuel campaigners from all over Africa in Ghana prduced some moving testimony to the human suffering caused by agrofuels there - including film footage of an interview with one of the people affected. Next Maryla Hart, on behalf of Biofuelwatch gave a rundown on current developments including the wheres and wherefores of the current rash of agrofuel energy power stations sweeping the country.


Online actions

Forth Energy have proposed a 100MW biomass power station in Dundee. The carbon stored in the trees that would be burnt would take decades or even centuries to grow back. Again, this plant would be given subsidies through the ROC scheme. E-mail the Scottish government to object: www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/forthsep2010.php

Greenpeace are trying to clean up pension funds. E-mail the chief executive of Legal & General to put pressure on him to stop investing in oil companies: e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.campaign.id=7720

 

Climate change in the news

UK

Climate change secretary Chris Huhne is fighting to defend the Department of Energy and Climate Change against cuts that could leave it unable to stand alone as a viable entity. www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/21/chris-huhne-fights-treasury-attacks

The Government has reneged on pre-election promises to tackle illegally logged timber imports and reward green energy 'pioneers. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/20/coalition-timber-renewables

Chevron to begin deepwater drilling off UK coast. Greenpeace plans to take legal action against the government. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/01/chevron-deep-water-drilling

New research finds UK shipping emissions to be six times higher than previously calculated. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2270308/uk-shipping-emissions-six-times

The UK has suffered a second fall in renewable energy production this year, due to lower than expected wind speeds and rainfall. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/30/uk-renewable-energy-production-drops

Half of those surveyed supported a tax on products with a particularly high carbon footprint. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2270615/half-shoppers-favour-taxing

International

Obama sets out plans for climate change legislation next year, but may not have the majority needed to pass it. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2270791/senators-rally-behind-obama

All bar one of the Republican party's 48 mid-term election candidates are sceptical about climate change. www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/14/republican-hopefuls-deny-global-warming

California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has attacked the oil companies bankrolling a campaign to suspend the state’s landmark law on carbon cuts. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/30/prop-23-battle-heats-up

Receding glaciers in Ecuador could leave some of the world's poorest people without water. www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2010/sep/22/ecuador-water-climate-change-vidal

A Friends of the Earth report finds at least 500,000 new jobs would be created in Europe if countries recycled 70% of their waste (already achieved by Flanders in Belgium). www.foeeurope.org/press/2010/Sep14_half_million_new_jobs_could_be_created_by_recycling_more.html

 
 

11th September 2010

11th September 2010

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Upcoming events

National demonstration against agrofuels

Saturday 25th September at the site of the proposed new palm-oil burning, agrofuel power station at Portland in Dorset.

Timetable:

9.00 am: Bus leaves London for Portland

1.00 pm: Assemble for march

2.00 - 3.00 pm: Rally outside port gates (site of proposed plant)

3.00 pm:  Workshops and entertainment in local hall

8.00 pm: Bus sets off back to London.

To buy a ticket on the coach from London click here.

Tickets are only £13.50 return.

There is also the possibility of a coach from Bristol, leaving at 10.00 am. Price is between £15-20 depending on numbers, discount for students/unwaged. More info and to book contact Ian at biofuelwatch@ymail.com.
 

The application for an agrofuel power station in Portland was approved in January (after the initial rejection was overturned on appeal by the company making the proposal, W4B). The power station will burn palm oil and increase by one third the volume of palm oil currently being imported to this country for energy usage. See more here: sites.google.com/site/foodnotfuelorg/news/portlandpalmoilpowerstationapproved

W4B are planning an even bigger plant in Bristol, so stopping W4B in Portland will help to stop them in Bristol, too!

Agrofuel burning power stations like the one in Portland would not be going ahead were they not subsidised by the government. Insanely, agrofuels are classified as a renewable energy and as such receive subsidies - so that, in effect, the government is subsidising massive deforestation in South East Asia (and other places), thereby accelerating, rather than slowing down, the destabilisation of global climate.

Make a stand against the madness of agrofuel use, wholesale destruction of the rainforest and spiralling emissions!

 

Zero Carbon by 2030: Action for the Climate Emergency

Saturday 30th October at Friends House, Euston Road, London

1.00 pm to 7.00 pm Climate Forum
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm Climate Concert

Zero Carbon by 2030. We need to reach this goal and we can reach this goal. But to get there we will need a radical programme of climate action for the UK – a positive vision with real solutions. Join us in challenging the new government to take the kind of action we really need to address the Climate Emergency.

Speakers to include John McDonnell MP (Lab, Hayes and Harlington), Caroline Lucas MP (leader Green Party, Brighton Pavillion), Maria Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador), Alexis Rowell (‘Cutting the Carbon’, Camden CAN), Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), George Marshall (founder, COIN), Vicki Hird (FoE Real Food Campaign), John Stewart (HACAN, AirportWatch), Stephen Murphy (‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Team), Chris Baugh (Asst Gen Sec PCS - Public and Commercial Services Union) – and more to be announced.

 

Demo report

End domestic flights now!

London City Airport and Manchester City Airport were the settings for a Day of Action aimed at achieving an end to domestic flights in the UK.

First off at 11 o’clock in the morning was London City Airport where over 20% of flights are internal ones and there are plans to double the number of flights at the airport. Organised with the local anti-expansion group Fight The Flights around 50 people gathered outside the terminal building to hear a wide range of speakers; GLA members  Darren Johnson (Green Party) and Murad Qureshi (Labour), the CCC’s national co-ordinator Phil Thornhill, John Stewart (orchestrator of the successful Heathrow campaign) Josh Moos of Plane Stupid, plus a letter from Baroness Sarah Ludford (Lib Dem MEP) read out by Fight The Flights’ Anne-Marie Griffin who herself made a great speech about the locals’ plight against the expansion plans. Finally, Peter Deane from 'Food Not Fuel' spoke about how disastrous it would be to use biofuels for aviation. 

We then headed off to Euston station on a red open-top bus through the streets of London with banners saying “End Domestic Flights Now!” hanging off it and the top deck full of shouting protestors.

Once we got to Euston we hurried onto the 1:40pm train to Manchester Piccadilly. Upon arrival we were greeted on the platform by members of SEMA (Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport) where a short photo-op resulted in us appearing on the local BBC TV news report.

So, it was off to Manchester Airport on the final leg of our journey where around 75 people, many of them local but also from the surrounding towns made their voices heard outside Terminal 3 at 4:30pm. After a short yet powerful introduction from our climate change mermaid, we heard speeches from Peter Nietschz - a resident of Hasty Lane whose house stands to get demolished if the airport expands its freight capacity which it has been given planning permission to do. John Stewart and Phil Thornhill spoke once again, and we also heard from Martin Eakins (a local Lib Dem councillor who has been opposing the expansion) and Judy Paskell from the Manchester Campaign against Climate Change. The chants of the crowd demanding “take the train, not the plane, end domestic flights!” echoed off the tall terminal buildings, as did the speeches thanks to a powerful bicycle-powered sound system.

After the demonstration was over we walked to Hasty Lane where a fantastic party in a beautiful garden was held, complete with a ceilidh band and fruit picking in benefit of a local community project, and everyone enjoyed a well-deserved drink and meal. A great end to an inspiring day of activism. We may not have grounded any flights - that was never our intention - but we continued to push the anti-aviation agenda forward after the excellent victory at Heathrow.

 

New CCC T-shirts now on sale!

Show your commitment to fighting climate change and help us raise money at the same time! Our beautiful new T-shirts are now available, which sport the campaign logo and URL. They are available in S, M and L sizes and in variety of different colours (white, red, light blue, dark green, and yellow). They are printed on EarthPositive Carbon Neutral cotton T-shirts and cost just £8.00 including UK postage.

To order email info@campaigncc.org.

Campaign actions

The fate of Bristol’s planned biofuel power station (see previous newsletter) is now in the hands of the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles. E-mail him to ask him take into account the nature of the fuel used in new power stations biofuelwatch.org.uk/w4bjul2010.php

Friends of the Earth are asking people to email their MPs to stop a Renewable Heat Incentive paying people to generate renewable heat from being cut. www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/renewable_heat_24964.html Heat accounts for 47 per cent of the UK's CO2 emissions

The Global Visual Petition Project is collecting petitions from all over the world to put on a map to show the world’s leaders that climate change is a global issue. Put yourself on the map at www.itsonehumanity.org/GVPP

 

Climate change in the news

UK

The government's chief environmental scientist admits UK emissions have actually risen, rather than fallen, because of the carbon in imported goods
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/03/uk-greenhouse-gas-emissions-bob-watson

Climate Camp activists took part in a range of actions aimed against the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh climatecamp.org.uk/press/2010/08/23/rbs-operations-closed-for-the-day-as-activists-target-sites-around-edinburgh

Europe's largest onshore wind farm, which is situated in East Renfrewshire, is to be expanded from 140 to 215 turbines
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-11215774

Nine climate activists who occupied the tarmac at Aberdeen airport have each been fined between £300 and £700 after being convicted of breach of the peace
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/25/plane-stupid-activists-fined

 

International

In Australia, Labor forms a minority government with the Greens controlling the balance of power in the Senate, which they will need to use to push for action on climate change
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/analysis/2269349/australia-greens-win-battle-war

A new World Bank report says biofuel targets in the US and EU are fuelling a ‘land grab’ in Africa
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2269441/world-bank-biofuel-mandates

Bjørn Lomborg, the 'Sceptical environmentalist' calls for investment in tackling climate change.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/30/bjorn-lomborg-climate-change-u-turn
 
 

18th August 2010

18th August 2010

In this newsletter:

  • End Domestic Flights Now!  Saturday 4th September Demonstration latest and report from public meeting
  • National Agrofuels Demo Saturday 25th September– plus the latest from Bristol and upcoming public meeting
  • ‘Zero Carbon by 2030 –  Action for the Climate Emergency’, Saturday 30th October
  • National Climate March 2010, Saturday 4th December
  • 6km Swimming Challenge for CCC
  • Not just predictions – How climate change is affecting the world around us, now!
  • Is dirty coal making a comeback in the UK? – take action online on this and other issues
  • Climate change in the news, including the latest on the UN talks



Upcoming events

End Domestic Flights Now! – Demonstrations in London and Manchester, Saturday 4th September

After the victories at Heathrow and elsewhere take the agenda forward on aviation! Join the Campaign against Climate Change, Fight the Flights and SEMA (Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport) for demos at London’s City Airport and Manchester Airport calling for an end to domestic flights and airport expansion.

Demonstration outside London City Airport at 11.00 am followed by a demo at Manchester Airport at 4.30pm. You can go to both (join our special carriage on the train for £5 – book here) or alternatively just turn up to the demonstration nearest you. Full timetable and further details here enddomesticflights

 

Why we should end domestic flights - meeting report
 

Our public meeting titled “Why we should end domestic flights: aviation in the era of climate emergency" was a thought-provoking evening. Why should we focus on domestic flights, when each long-haul flight is so much more damaging? One reason is that with new runways in Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted blocked, UK aviation expansion will be focused on the many regional airports around the country, which largely provide domestic flights.

As Phil Thornhill and John Stewart explained, the fight against aviation expansion will be much harder if it is split up between all these local communities, rather than united under a single banner. London City Airport, the target of September’s demonstration, has almost entirely domestic flights, with the exception of one flight to New York (a jet with just 32 seats).

Social justice was also a strong theme of the evening. Alan Haughton from Fight the Flights (pictured) explained how flights from London City blight the lives of some of Britain’s poorest communities. He also brought up the issue of government subsidies. In addition to the well-known tax breaks for aviation, London City Airport gets a special bonus – although the airport is privately owned, the taxpayer pays up to £5.5 million a year for its security staffing.


National Agrofuels Demo – Portland, Dorset
Saturday 25th September

Time to really put this issue on the map! The CCC are joining forces with Biofuelwatch, Food not Fuel and NOPE (No Palm Oil Energy) to create a National Day of Action on Agrofuels. We will be protesting at the site of W4B’s proposed new agrofuel burning power station at Portland in Dorset, with a march followed by a rally and rounding off with an evening of workshops and entertainment.

Coach transport from London and possibly other places are currently being finalised, if you’re interested then e-mail endagrofuels@campaigncc.org or fill in the online form at agrofuelsdemo2010 and we’ll get back to you as soon as tickets are available.



Agrofuels Public Meeting and London Demo at DECC, Wednesday 15th September.

There will be an action demanding an end to subsides for agrofuels outside DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change), 5.00-6.30 pm followed by a Public Meeting at 7.00pm: “Agrofuels: how we can stop this false solution undermining the fight against climate change”.  Andrew Butler will be coming up from Portland to tell us about the local NOPE (“No Palm Oil Energy”) campaign. Plus other speakers on the wider issues and strategy for success... More details in future e-mails.


 

Agrofuels – news from Bristol planning appeal

On Tuesday 10th August, Bristol City Council began hearing a planning inquiry over W4B’s plans to build a palm-oil fired power station in Avonmouth. Originally it was rejected on the grounds that the proposed fuel was unsustainable, but now the planning inspector has decided that the sustainability (or lack of) of the fuel is not relevant to the inquiry, rendering environmentalists’ arguments useless. Read the full account (plus see photos from the demo) here:

www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/08/457118.html

But there is still a chance to stop W4B at the Portland demo!


Zero Carbon by 2030 –  Action for the Climate Emergency’,
Saturday 30th October




Friends House, Euston Road, London

1.00pm to 7.00pm  Climate Forum,  7.00pm  to 9.00pm  Climate Concert

With John McDonnell MP (Lab, Hayes and Harlington), Caroline Lucas MP (leader Green Party, Brighton Pavillion), Maria Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador), Alexis Rowell (‘Cutting the Carbon’, Camden CAN),  Ben Brangwyn  (co-founder Tranistion Towns), Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), George Marshall (founder, COIN), Vicki Hird ( FoE Real Food Campaign), John Stewart (HACAN, Airport Watch), Stephen Murphy ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Team  –  and more to be announced.

Zero Carbon by 2030. We need to reach this goal and we can reach this goal. But to get there we will need a radical programme of climate action for the UK – a positive vision with real solutions.  Join us in challenging the new government to take the kind of action we really need to address the Climate Emergency.

Sessions:  

Oh Gosh! Oh Help! Oh no!   The Climate Emergency: what the science is telling us.

Yes, we can!   Zero Carbon Britain, rapid decarbonisation of the economy, Green Energy Revolution.

Yes we must!   Climate Justice, avoiding false solutions, stopping the expansion of the high-emissions aviation industry, reducing speeds and emissions of private transport, stopping  the UK’s contribution to deforestation, ending agrofuel use…

Win-Win  One million Climate jobs! A Green New Deal.

The evening continues with  Climate Concert Music and entertainment.

Updated info here   This event will set the agenda for the…



National Climate March 2010, Saturday 4th December

The year’s biggest climate change demonstration takes place on Saturday 4th December, as part of a Global Day of Action with demonstrations around the world (see www.globalclimatecampaign.org). Put the date in your diary now and keep an eye on your inbox for more information nearer the time.


Tadhg White’s 6km swim to the Isle of Wight

Placing his body on the line - Tadhg White will be swimming to raise at £1,000 for the Campaign against Climate Change on September 9th! Six kilometers from Gosport to the Isle of Wight - hopefully in under two hours. He and two friends are raising money for their respective charitable organisations - be sure to support his challenge (and ours) by donating via:

uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BestivalSwim

Tadhg, we'll be cheering for you! THANK YOU from CCC!

If you have any crazy ideas to raise funds for CCC please contact funding@campaigncc.org

Tadhg has written the following piece outlining how recent disasters around the world highlight the urgent need to tackle climate change.


How climate change is affecting the world around us, now!

There’s been lots in the news on the effect climate change is having on the world around us. We thought we’d bring just a few examples of these together to highlight the need for urgent action to prevent climate change so future generations can enjoy the resources of the planet as we do today.

A recent report by The Census of Marine Life, a 10 year study to attempt to chart the full diversity of marine life by over 360 scientists around the world, has found that human activity is having a damaging effect on the health of the ocean life. The report found that poor management of fisheries, over-harvesting, pollution and the increased threat of climate change have in most regions around the world led to fish, crustaceans and crab stocks to be 5-10% of what they once were. One study recently published has found a long-term decline in phytoplankton of 40% which may be linked to warming waters (see news section below). As the base of the entire ocean food chain, this is deeply worrying. Acidification because of increased atmospheric CO2 can also disrupt vital microscopic organisms, while ocean warming can reduce nutrient availability in the oceans as warmer layers at the top mix less with lower layers.

Other recent UK centric reports produced by DEFRA and the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnerships released this year, have shown UK sea levels are rising and surface temperatures are increasing as a result of climate change. The surface temperature of UK waters has risen by .5 to 1C since 1870 meaning cold water fish such as cod are in becoming sparse and the numbers of warm water fish like red mullet and seabass are on the increase. We need to get control over the human impact on climate change or face the possibility of mass extinction across the oceans.

WWF Russia has claimed climate change and hot weather are the causes of rampant fire around Moscow. Abnormal weather patterns that occur around the tropical Pacific Ocean and effect the rest of the World have lead to very hot weather in western Russia but cooler than average weather in neighbouring Siberia. Jeff Knight, a climate scientist with the UK Met office partly attributed the fires to the effect of increased greenhouse gas concentrations, while Alexei Kohorn head of climate and energy programme at WWF said of the increased likelihood of similar fires in years to come “This tendency wont stop in the coming 40 years or so, until the greenhouse gas emissions are reduced”

The torrential rains in Pakistan have been caused by the same abnormal weather patterns causing the fires in Moscow. The UN has called the floods in Pakistan the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history with nearly 14million people affected, 1600 dead, millions with homes destroyed or damaged and without adequate food or water. Recent flooding in China has killed more than 1,100 people this year and caused billions of dollars in damage across 28 provinces and regions. Dr Peter Scott, a climate scientist with the UK Met Office explains that there is “clear evidence” of an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events because of climate change. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, VP of IPCC has said of the abnormal weather patterns “These are events which reproduce and intensify in a climate disturbed by greenhouse gas pollution”. Professor Andrew Watson, a climatologist of University of East Anglia believes these events are “fairly consistent with the IPCC reports and what 99 per cent of the scientists believe to be happening”.


Take action

The coalition government is to open the door to new coal-fired power stations, stepping back from a policy that Cameron personally championed in opposition. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/15/coal-fired-power-stations-coalition
You can email your MP asking them to support limits to emissions from power stations www.38degrees.org.uk/page/speakout/power-plant-standards

Meanwhile, a huge new coal-fired power station is being planned at Hunterston on the west coast of Scotland. Email the Scottish Government telling them to step back from dirty coal. campaigns.wwf.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=14&ea.campaign.id=6877

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition is organising a mass lobby of MPs on climate change on 5th and 6th November. Everyone is welcome to join, and they are looking for people to sign up as coordinators in every constituency www.stopclimatechaos.org/the-big-connection

Oil lobbyists are trying to weaken a law which would keep tar sands oil out of Europe. You can email transport minister Theresa Villiers asking her to take action here: e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=18&ea.campaign.id=7306

What do our newly elected MPs believe about climate change? The Guardian is trying to find out and is asking for your help in getting MPs to reply to three questions. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/aug/11/global-warming-mp-survey

Ask your MP to support a new law to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes. www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/warm_homes_24633.html

 

Climate change resources

'Beyond the Tipping Point?' is a provocative documentary film about attitudes to climate change. It is a free resource for groups to provoke discussion and open up debate. beyondthetippingpoint.com/



Climate change in the news - UK

The government has committed just £43m of £230m previously promisede to subsidise electric cars www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/28/electric-car-grant-scheme

DECC's new 'pathways' calculator lays out strategies for the UK to hit its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/jul/27/decc-carbon-calculator

Insurers warns some areas of Britain will become uninsurable with house insurance premiums rising dramatically as climate change increases flood risk www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jul/28/house-insurance-premiums-flooding


Climate change in the news - International

UN climate talks in Bonn end with a stand-off between rich and poor countries. There is one last preparatory meeting, in Tianjin, China, in October, to draft a negotiating text before the summit in Cancun, Mexico. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2267867/china-offers-chance-saloon

Pledges from developed countries, including the EU, have been criticised for including too many loopholes in the form of offsets. www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=18511&channel=0&title=Loopholes+criticised+by+climate+talks+observers++

China has launched an emission-cutting factory closure programme, with over 2,000 inefficient factories told they will have to shut down by the end of next month. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2268133/china-launches-emission-cutting

Scientists from two leading climate research centres publish 'best evidence yet' of rising long-term global temperatures www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/28/global-temperatures-2010-record

A 40% decline in phytoplankton, the microscopic plants which are the base of the ocean's food chain, has been blamed on warming seas. www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/the-dead-sea-global-warming-blamed-for-40-per-cent-decline-in-the-oceans-phytoplankton-2038074.html

New analysis shows that global government support for fossil fuels is about 10 times that for renewable energy. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/03/fossil-fuel-subsidies-renewables

Scientists warn Congress that a 2 degree rise in global temperatures could lead to the loss of the Greenland ice sheet and a 7m sea level rise. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2267988/heat-waves-retreating-icesheets

The US Chamber of Commerce has been split, with a breakaway group calling for stronger action on climate change. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/04/clean-energy-coalition-chamber-commerce

 

27th July 2010

July 27th 2010

Upcoming events

End Domestic Flights! 

On 4th September the Campaign against Climate Change is holding demonstrations in Manchester and London with partners AirportWatch, Plane Stupid and Newham Fight the Flights. The morning begins with a demo outside London City Airport, following which demonstrators can take a train to Manchester to join with the campaigners calling for a stop to the proposed expansion of Manchester Airport. A party for activists follows the demo.

Timetable:

11.00 am  Demonstration outside City Airport, London (take the DLR at Bank to get to the ‘London City Airport’ stop on the Woolwich line)

12.30 pm  “Train-not-plane” party board the big red (open top double decker) ‘End Domestic Flights’ bus which takes the message through the streets of London to Euston station.

1.40 pm  "Train-not-plane" brigade boards the Manchester train at Euston.

3.49 pm  “Train-not-plane” party arrives at  Manchester Piccadilly station

4.30 pm  Demonstration at Manchester Airport . More info info[at]stopmanchesterairport.org.uk

Evening  - Party, party, party for aviation activists at Hasty Lane near Manchester airport - in a street threatened by airport expansion. Accommodation will be organised for those staying overnight.

Join us on the special  "Train-not plane" carriage on the 1.40pm train!  Take the big red bus from the City Airport demo to Euston station and then join our special “train-not-plane” carriage on the 1.40 train to Manchester. A fiver will get you to Manchester Airport taking our special carriage – first come first served for available seats. To book a ticket click here.

But remember, you need to get back from Manchester!  The sooner you book the cheaper the return to London!  You can return from Manchester Saturday night or party in Manchester and return Sunday morning.  Return to London by train is £11.50 if booked well enough in advance, or around £5.50 on Megabus.  The last trains back from Manchester to London on Saturday leave Manchester Piccadilly at 19.37 and 20.35.

Any queries?  E-mail enddomesticflights@campaigncc.org

 

But before then…

‘Why We Should End Domestic Flights Now: aviation in the era of climate emergency’

Public Meeting on August 11th at SOAS, room G2
(School of Oriental and African Studies), Thornhaugh Street, off Russell Square. Map here.

Speakers will include John Stewart, Chair of AirportWatch, Dan Glass from Plane Stupid, Anne Marie Griffin, chair of Fight the Flights, and Campaign against Climate Change’s National Co-ordinator Phil Thornhill lead the discussion on ‘Why We Should End Domestic Flights Now: aviation in the era of climate emergency’. We’re looking for your input on how we can campaign to force the Government to take action on domestic flights. Stick 11th August in your diary now. See more here.

 

National Demonstration against Agrofuels

Saturday 25th September

Stop subsidising Agrofuels and deforestation

At the site of the proposed new palm-oil burning, agrofuel power station at Portland in Dorset.

Transport will be organised from London and possibly other places. If you are interested in joining the coach from London (to Portland for the day) please contact stopagrofuels@campaigncc.org

Provisional Timetable:

9.00 am: Bus leaves London for Portland

1.00 pm: Assemble for march

2.00 - 3.00 pm: Rally outside port gates (site of proposed plant)

3.00 pm:  Workshops and entertainment in local hall

8.00 pm: Bus sets off back to London.                                  

Camping/crash space will be available overnight.

The demonstration will be organised together with Biofuelwatch, Food not Fuel and a very strong local group, down in Dorset - NOPE (No Palm Oil Energy) see nope.org.uk

Agrofuels – take action

In February this year, Bristol City Council rejected an application for a palm oil power station. An appeal against the decision will be heard at a public enquiry.  However, the Planning Inspectorate has so far ruled that the wider impacts of biofuels are not relevant.  Ask the Secretary of State to step in and allow the climate change impact to be considered. www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/w4bjul2010.php

If you are in Bristol, there will be a demonstration outside the enquiry meeting on 10 August – and don’t forget the national demonstration in Dorset on 25 September (transport from London).  For more about these and other actions to help stop a rash of UK power stations running on palm oil and other environmentally destructive fuels see here: biofuels


Action for the Climate Emergency

Public meeting, Friends House, London
Saturday October 30th 2010

Speakers now including John McDonnell MP (Labour), Caroline Lucas MP (leader, Green Party), Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), Maria Souviron (the Bolivian ambassador), Alexis Rowell (Camden CAN) – and many more to be announced in further newsletters.

 

Event report

The Zero Carbon Britain Report – is this our blueprint for the future?

Peter Harper and Stephen Murphy from the Zero Carbon Britain team presented a compelling case for the report, with Peter explaining the land use section in especial detail. They then answered answered a host of questions and comments from the floor in a lively discussion.

Topics covered (besides land use changes) included the intelligent use of energy, renewable energy generation, the infrastructure that we will need to develop, and positive effects on the economy. A comprehensive and radical approach could - given the necessary injection of  collective will from the public - result in an actual increase in the quality of life as well as being an effective way to prevent catastrophic climate change.

AUDIO PODCASTS:
We recorded the main presentation and Q&A sessions and have uploaded them as MP3s, they're perfect for listening to on the train.
Main presentation (47mins, 43MB MP3).
Q&A session (55mins, 19MB MP3).

A copy of the slides shown in the presentation is here: scr.bi/bzicrW so you can watch the presentation while listening to the audio.

Analysis

Domestic flights

In order for the UK to make the cuts the threat of global warming demand, major steps are required to reduce the amount of carbon the UK emits. UK Government has targeted 30% cuts by 2020, currently pushing other European countries to commit to this target. Even more ambitious targets are necessary to reduce the risk of climate change, but what is really lacking is not targets but practical policies to achieve short-term cuts.

Flying is by far the most inefficient (in carbon emission terms) mode of transport, particularly for short-haul flights, because the energy required to take off and land is proportionately greater. Flying is twice as energy consuming as road travel, and depending on the type of train taken up to 5 times more inefficient than rail travel. The emitting of carbon at altitude by planes is thought to be between 1.9 to 2.7 times more damaging to the environment than at ground level.

The UK has a good rail and road transport network and so there is little need for domestic flights. The most popular domestic route out of Heathrow is to Manchester, which is only a couple of hours away by train. Trains are currently overpriced, but if government subsidies were removed from aviation and road expansion schemes and invested in rail, this trend could be reversed. With investment to improve the rail and coach network and a reduction in the cost of rail travel, banning domestic flights is an easy win removing 2.2 Mt CO2straight away from the UK’s emissions. WWF has said Government officials alone cutting out UK domestic flights would reduce carbon emissions by 59,000 tonnes annually.

There is support for banning domestic flights from the major government parties. The current Transport Secretary Philip Hammond in a recent FT interview has said “Domestic flying in the UK will become in time a thing of the past”. Previous Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said in June 2009 "I would like to see domestic and short-haul flights largely replaced by high-speed rail”. The Liberal Democrat’s Campaign promise of Per Plane Tax rather than Per Person Tax on the aviation industry was a step to reduce domestic flights by making other forms of domestic travel more competitive.

There is support from all the political parties to find alternatives to domestic flights but the action is not coming soon enough. We need your support to put pressure on the Government to Ban Domestic Flights now!

 

Coalition’s ‘green’ claims undermined by budget cuts

The government’s budget cuts have been announced, dealing a blow to hopes that the transition to a low-carbon economy might be prioritised. The Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals £34m cuts to low-carbon technology programme. The cuts include:

  • £6.1 million from “programme budgets within DECC”;
  • £4.7 million from “cancelling the final funding rounds of the Bio-Energy Capital Grants Scheme and the Bio-Energy Infrastructure Scheme”;
  • £3 million from the Offshore Wind Capital Grants Scheme;
  • £2.9 million from the Central Government Low Carbon Technology Programme by cutting.
  • funding for development of deep geothermal energy generation halved from £2 million to £1 million;
  • the Energy Saving Trust technology trials will be closed, cutting £700,000 from the £3 million pound programme; and
  • The Carbon Trust will receive a £12.6 million cut to this year’s grant for low carbon technology and business support funding;
  • Plans announced under the last government to use around £1 billion from asset sales for early-stage equity investment in green energy projects have been scrapped
  • The Foreign Office’s budget for climate diplomacy which helps other countries to cut carbon and promotes the UK’s green industry has also been cut by £3 million.

There has been particular anger at the announcement that the Sustainable Development Commission will be axed. Costing £3 million a year, the commission’s last report showed that measures so far to save energy and water and reduce waste have cut the state's annual bills by £60m to £70m, while hundreds of millions of pounds could be saved if its recommendations are followed. The government has been accused of seeking to end independent and critical scrutiny from the SDC of its claims to be ‘green’.

In the words of Johann Hari “David Cameron hugged the huskies in opposition. But as soon as he got into government, he walked them into the Downing Street garden, and shot them in the head.”
 

Take action

Friends of the Earth is asking people to email the Secretary of State for Local Government to save a pilot project to help councils cut carbon from being axed. www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/local_carbon_frameworks_24034.html

They also want people to email the Secretary of State for the Environment asking her to cut spending and carbon emissions by axing waste incineration projects www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/press_for_change/incineration_24662.html

The Bus Service Operators Grant, the only direct national funding for buses, is also under threat.  The Campaign for Better Transport warns of ‘Beeching-style cuts’.  www.bettertransport.org.uk/take_action/protect-buses

 

Climate change in the news

UK

The Committee on Climate Change’s latest reports states that without financial support, low carbon technologies will never reach market and the UK will be left behind by China.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/19/uk-invest-low-carbon-technology

The Institute For Fiscal Studies has calculated that the proportion of tax revenue raised by green taxes is likely to fall - breaking a Conservative election pledge.
bit.ly/btxl5y

As figures for councils’ carbon footprints are published, the government announced that councils will now be able to sell back green energy to the National Grid.
www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jul/08/carbon-emissions-local-authority

Animal feed imported from South America to the UK is causing the destruction of tropical rainforests, a Friends of the Earth study reveals.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/21/uk-south-america-soy-rainforest-emissions
(You can support the FoE campaign here: www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/press_for_change/back_sustainable_livestock_bill_24522.html)

A campaign success for Greenpeace as HSBC has sold its shares in Sinar Mas, an Indonesian company involved in illegal deforestation
www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/hsbc-sinar-mas-greenpeace-protest

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has refused to rule out a train ticket price hike of up to 10%.
www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5iEY6iKKZFBA7E7JRFEGuvlpqIbTA

 

International

The US Senate will not pass a full climate bill in its current session, a major blow to prospects of achieving a new global deal on climate change through the UN talks.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10739800

Record-breaking global temperatures continue with last month the hottest June recorded worldwide, and 2010 on course to be warmest year since records began.
www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jul/16/june-2010-warmest-recorded

ExxonMobil gave $1.5M to climate denial groups last year, breaking pledge to stop such funding
climateprogress.org/2010/07/20/exxonmobil-funds-global-warming-deniers/

The UK, France and Germany have called on other EU member states to support EU 30%emissions cuts target


www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2266537/uk-france-germany-team-call-per

9th July 2010

9th July

Welcome to the CCC newsletter.  It's a long one this time - as you can see, there are some major events coming up.  Hope to see you soon at one of these! 

Best wishes,

The CCC team

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Zero Carbon Britain, CCC Public Meeting and Debate

With report author Peter Harper and Stephen Murphy from the ZCB team

6.30pm Thursday 22nd July, Venue to be announced at www.campaigncc.org.

“Zero Carbon Britain 2030” – the  groundbreaking second Zero Carbon Britain report  -came out this June. It offers a radical blueprint for rapid de-carbonisation of the economy and the achievement of, essentially, a zero emissions society by 2030.

This looks like just what we need to address the Climate Emergency, with real practical solutions and a realistic vision of how we can make deep and rapid emissions cuts in the UK –  a really coherent, radical, alternative with which to challenge the government’s painfully slow, faltering and piecemeal approach.  The Copenhagen Talks demonstrated an impasse that is only likely to be overcome with a change in climate politics and policies at the national level – and  that will only be achieved through bold plans for rapid decarbonisation of the economy like this.

But if this is just the kind of thing we need - how realistic are the actual solutions suggested in the Zero Carbon report?   Do we really need a new generation of cars – even if they are electric – and is bioenergy really one of the answers?  Come to this meeting to learn about, discuss, and debate the Zero Carbon Britain report. Come and discuss the real shape of Britain’s future in the light of the Climate Emergency.

Read a synopsis of the report, or download the full 384 page report here www.zcb2030.org

 

End Domestic Flights Now!

Demonstrations in London and Manchester, Saturday 4th September

The Plan:

11.00 am  Demonstration outside City Airport, London (take the DLR at Bank to get to the ‘London City Airport’ stop on the Woolwich line).

12.30 pm  “Train-not-plane” party board the big red (open top double decker) ‘End Domestic Flights’ bus which takes the message through the streets of London to Euston station.

1.40 pm "Train-not-plane" party boards the Manchester train at Euston.

3.49 pm  “Train-not-plane” party arrives at  Manchester Piccadilly station.

4.30 pm  Demonstration at Manchester Airport . More info info@stopmanchesterairport.org.uk

Evening  - Party, party, party for aviation activists at Hasty Lane near Manchester airport - in a street threatened by airport expansion. Accommodation will be organised for those staying overnight.

Join us on the special "Train-not plane" carriage on the 1.40 train!  Cost is only £11.50

Make it  a full fun day of aviation activism!  (return from Manchester Saturday night or party in Manchester and return Sunday morning)

Book a ticket here. Cost is £11.50 for a seat on the carriage, first come first served for available seats. (Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester airport return is £3.30. Return to London by train is £11.50 if booked well enough in advance, or around £5.50 on Megabus).

Find out about  the local London City Airport anti expansion group “Fight the Flights” at www.fighttheflights.com/

Find out about SEMA, the “Stop Expansion at Manchester Airport” group at  www.stopmanchesterairport.org.uk/

Put this date in your diary now! This will be the time to take the agenda forward on aviation, and insist that at this time of climate emergency we cannot afford to be using high-emission forms of transport where viable alternatives exist. And that aviation will need to bear the burden of emissions reductions along with other sectors.

"End Domestic Flights" is one of the 'Climate Emergency Demands' - see here.

We asked people their thoughts on banning domestic flights and made a video of their responses, you can watch it here.


"Why we should end domestic flights" public meeting

7:00pm, Wednesday 11th August.

Public meeting in the build up to the End Domestic Flights demo.

Speakers: John Stewart (chair of AirportWatch), Dan Glass (Plane Stupid), Anne-Marie Griffin (chair, Fight The Flights), Phil Thornhill (national co-ordinator, Campaign against Climate Change).

Venue to be announced nearer the time in future newsletters and on www.campaigncc.org

 

National Demonstration against Agrofuels

Saturday 25th September

At the site of the proposed new palm-oil burning, agrofuel power station at Portland in Dorset.

Transport will be organised from London and possibly other places. If you are interested in joining the coach from London (to Portland for the day) please contact stopagrofuels@campaigncc.org

Provisonal Timetable:

9.00 am: Bus leaves London for Portland
1.00 pm Assemble for march
2.00 - 3.00 pm Rally outside port gates (site of proposed plant)
3.00 pm >  Workshops and entertainment in local hall
8.00 pm bus sets off back to London.
                                       
Camping/crash space will be available overnight.

The demonstration will be organised together with Biofuelwatch, Food not Fuel and a very strong local group, down in Dorset - NOPE (No Palm Oil Energy) see nope.org.uk/

The application for an agrofuel power station in Portland was approved in January (after the initial rejection was overturned on appeal by the company making the proposal, W4B). The power station will burn palm oil and increase by one third the volume of palm oil currently being imported to this country for energy usage. See more here.

For an even bigger  W4B plant proposed for Bristol, and how to help stop it, see next item, below. Stopping W4B in Portland will help to stop them in Bristol, too!

Agrofuel burning power stations like the one In Portland would not be going ahead were they not subsidised by the government. Insanely, agrofuels are classified as a renewable energy and as such receive subsidies - so that, in effect, the government is subsidising massive deforestation in South East Asia (and other places), thereby accelerating, rather than slowing down, the destabilisation of global climate.

Make a stand against the madness of agrofuel use, wholesale destruction of the rainforest and spiralling emissions!

Put the date in your diary now! More details soon.



Action for the Climate Emergency

Public Meeting in Friends House,  Saturday 30th October

Friends House, Euston Road, London, 2.00pm to 9.00pm

Speakers to include John McDonnell MP,  Maria Souviron the Bolivian ambassador, Alexis Rowell – and many more to be announced.  We will be presenting a radical programme of climate action for the UK – join us in challenging the new government to take the kind of action we really need to address the Climate Emergency.

 

The CCC would not be able to organise events like this if it were not for your support, please become a member of CCC or donate what you can here: donate

 

WHAT THE 2010 EMERGENCY BUDGET DOES FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

A review by Tadhg White

Many feel Chris Huhne’s appointment to role of Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the new coalition Government was a good thing for the future of climate change in the UK, but what does last month’s emergency budget do for climate change in these tough economic times?

The disappointing outcome is that the Government will not spend any ‘real’ money investing in green infrastructure, no public funding for green energy plants and no public funding initiatives such as domestic housing insulation. The Government instead plans to create a number of initiatives to encourage private investment in green industries, and change or bring in new tax regimes to shift businesses to a greener way of doing things.

  • The current Climate Change Levy (where businesses are taxed extra for using carbon in-efficient energy sources) is to be reformed in the autumn, some think to be replaced with a carbon tax although no plans are forthcoming.
  • The likely set up of a Green Investment Bank to help support growth in green business by providing access to secure fair priced private sector financing, creating an environment reducing the risks for business looking to invest in the green sector, and helping smaller green businesses get off the ground. The GIB is not in effect yet, likely to be set up following the Spending Review conclusion in the autumn.
  • A Green Deal for households to help fund home insulation projects, paid back over time from savings made from cheaper fuel bills as a result of better insulated houses

A full list of these and other actions the Government is taking is available here

www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/Budget_June10/Budget_June10.aspx

A report by the Green Investment Bank Commission (incidentally, paid for by the Chancellor!) has shown the UK needs £550billion investment over the next decade to meet its emission reduction targets of between 26% and 32% by 2020. Right now, this paltry budget does not look like a good start.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NEWS

UK

The most in-depth review of the “climategate” e-mails yet once again yields the result that the honesty of the scientists involved are not in doubt.

www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/07/climategate-review-clears-scientists-dishonesty

Read the full text of the review here: www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/07/findings-muir-russell-review

The Committee on Climate Change's second annual report calls for a "step change" in climate change policy. www.theccc.org.uk/reports/progress-reports/2nd-progress-report

Renewables’ share of energy mix in the UK has fallen by nearly 7%. bit.ly/ajaM8l

Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has given his first major speech on the new government's green policy priorities, in full here: www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2265384/chris-huhne-economist-uk-energy

Ealing London Borough Council's rejection of a proposed agrofuel (biofuel) power station in Southall has been upheld by the Secretary of State on appeal. www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/07/455013.html

Uncertainty over Government climate change plans is likely to delay low-carbon investment. blog.businessgreen.com/2010/07/could-2010-prov.html

 

International

G8 and G20 meetings made no progress on climate change, including a previous commitment to end $500 billion+ fossil fuel subsidies. ht.ly/24q5V

The European Parliament has voted to end illegal timber imports to the EU. bit.ly/bANvL5

Similarly, the two-day meeting of the Major Economies Forum on climate change ended with little progress. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2265944/progress-remains-elusive-rome

Tens of thousands linked hands in US protest against offshore drilling and for clean energy. sierraclub.typepad.com/scrapbook/2010/06/hands-across-the-sand.html (nice photos!)

Scientists who are 'sceptical' on human-caused climate change have far less expertise and prominence in climate research compared with scientists who are convinced, according to a new study. www.physorg.com/news196700474.html

The IPCC is vindicated yet again, by a Dutch independent review. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2266014/vindicated-scientists-warn

Europe could be using Saharan solar power by 2015 www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/27/solar-power-sahara-europe-alok-jha

US climate scientists have received shocking hate emails and death threats. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/05/hate-mail-climategate

25th June 2010

June 25th

UPCOMING EVENTS
 

End Domestic Flights Now!

Demonstrations in London and Manchester, Saturday 4th September

Put this date in your diary now! This will be the time to take the agenda forward on aviation, and insist that at this time of climate emergency we cannot afford to be using high-emission forms of transport where viable alternatives exist. And that aviation will need to bear the burden of emissions reductions along with other sectors.

Provisional plan:

11.00 am Saturday 4th September - Demonstration outside City Airport, London

1.40 pm "Train-not-plane" brigade leaves Euston for Manchester

4.00 pm Demonstration at Manchester airport.

Evening - Party, party, party for aviation activists in Manchester

If you would like to join the "train-not plane" brigade and go for a full day of aviation activism (return form Manchester Saturday night or Sunday morning) then please contact us at enddomesticflights@campaigncc.org Cost is £22 return, if you book well enough in advance.

 

National Demonstration against Agrofuels

Saturday 25th September

At the site of the proposed new palm-oil burning, agrofuel power station at Portland in Dorset.

Transport will be organised from London and possibly other places. If you are interested in joining the coach from London (to Portland for the day) please contact stopagrofuels@campaigncc.org

The application for an agrofuel power station in Portland was approved in January (after the initial rejection was overturned on appeal by the company making the proposal, W4B). The power station will burn palm oil and increase by one third the volume of palm oil currently being imported to this country for energy usage. See more here.

Make a stand against the madness of agrofuel use, wholesale destruction of the rainforest and spiralling emissions!

Put the date in your diary now! More details to be announced soon.

 

Sheffield Million Climate Jobs Campaign Launch

Tuesday 29th June 7.30pm in Sheffield

At St Matthew’s Hall, Carver Street S1. Organised by Sheffield Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group.

The new government promises huge cuts in jobs and services but we need a massive investment in climate jobs to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change – and at the same time targeted spending can lift us out of the present recession.

This is one of several meetings planned around the country on “A Million Climate Jobs” - info on upcoming meetings will follow in further newsletters.

 

Action for the Climate Emergency

Public Meeting in Friends House, Euston Road, London on Saturday 30th October, 2.00 pm to 9.00 pm

What do we need to do to address the Climate Emergency – how can we make Zero carbon Britain a reality, and how fast?

The meeting will address:

Climate Science – just how fast is the climate crisis unravelling, whats the latest evidence?
What do we need to do - Emissions cuts targets – 10% in one year, Zero carbon by 2030?
Green Energy Revolution, the path to zero carbon
A Million Climate Jobs, Just transtion
Aviation – ending domestic flights and a progressive agenda on this iconic issue
Agrofuels, the fight against counter-productive ‘false solutions’ and maintaining ecosystems
Climate justice, the UK’s role and responsibilities in the global struggle for effective action and climate justice

We will aim to build an effective challenge to the status quo (and the government) on climate change and take this to the demonstration on 4th December marking the Cancun Talks in December.

 

Hands Across the Sand

This Saturday 26th June, handsacrossthesand.com is hosting Day of Action to say no to off-shore drilling and yes to renewable energy. In London, there will be an event held in St James Park, meeting on the only bridge in the park (called 'The Blue Bridge'). Nearest tube station: St James Park. Meet at 11am, join hands at 12pm. A walk will take place afterwards in the local area between the Houses of Parliament and BP headquarters. There are other events taking place across the world, to find your nearest event go to handsacrossthesand.com/international.php

 

ONLINE ACTION

Biofuel power stations in Yorkshire and Lancashire

Rocpower are planning to build at least six biofuel power stations in Yorkshire and Lancashire, with a total generating capacity of 60MW. Rocpower's total fuel consumption across the six planned sites is likely to be at least 150,000 tonnes per year. Write a letter of objection to Leeds City Council
www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/leedsjun2010.php

 

CLAIRE JAMES ON CLIMATE POLITICS

Bonn Climate Negotiations

The recent UN climate talks in in Bonn have at least moved on from the fiasco at Copenhagen. However, the draft text that emerged at the end of the talks is still seriously flawed. Developing nations in the Group of 77 and China described it as 'unbalanced'. The text calls for global emission reductions of 50-85% by 2050 (without expressing a base year), and emission reductions by developed countries of 25-40% by 2020 and 80-95% by 2050 from 1990 levels.

The text is largely based on the Copenhagen Accord, with its focus on voluntary pledges. It does not refer to any requirement for developed countries to list their emissions pledges within a legally binding compliance mechanism like the Kyoto Protocol. So far, individual pledges from rich countries pledges to cut emissions have been nowhere near enough to avoid catastrophic climate change. It delays the peaking year for global emissions (i.e. from 2015 to 2020), while requiring developing countries to peak their emissions in 2020. This would force them to move rapidly away from fossil fuels in just a few years. References to equity and burden sharing have been removed from the section on the shared vision for future climate action.

Meanwhile, the text is still too ambitious for the the US, which said some elements were 'unacceptable'. The US has so far only pledged to cut its emissions 17% by 2020 on 2005 emission levels. A poll of delegates' expectations, conducted by the WWF, found that most expected no agreement to be reached before December 2011 in South Africa at the earliest.

Further analysis

www.foe.co.uk/news/bonn_climate_24236.html

Media reaction

tcktcktck.org/stories/campaign-stories/bonn-climate-talks-according-media

 

G8/G20 in Toronto

The Canadian Prime Minister has finally agreed to put climate change on the agenda for G8 and G20 meetings this week, after pressure from world leaders and civil society. www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-put-climate-change-on-g8-agenda-after-pressure-from-world-leaders/article1603818/

But news has emerged that heads of state are poised to water down a commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

tcktcktck.org/stories/fresh-air-center-bonn/economic-summit-poised-weaken-moves-against-fossil-fuel-subsidies

 

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NEWS

Science

A study finds that 98% of climate scientists that publish research on the subject support the view that human activities are warming the planet.
 
UK
 
A climate scientist giving evidence in the Plane Stupid trial says the 80% target set by the government will not prevent dangerous climate change
 
Green groups are unhappy about the lack of green policies in the emergency budget
 
A UK survey has found only a small drop in public acceptance of climate change after months of media controversy.  However, some 40% thought that the
seriousness of climate change was exaggerated. More than two-thirds (68%) said they would vote in favour of spending taxpayers' money on British projects to tackle climate change.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/11/confidence-climate-science-poll
 
The Environment Agency becomes the first government-backed body to ban short-haul flights for staff.
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2264263/environment-agency-bans-short
 
A group of climate scientists and campaigners have written to the energy and climate change secretary calling on him to stand by Liberal Democrat manifesto pledges to push for an ambitious international climate treaty based on the contraction and convergence.
 
International
 
There has been some progress in the Bonn climate talks, but overall, a lack of commitment by developed countries continues to be a serious problem.
tcktcktck.org/stories/campaign-stories/bonn-climate-talks-according-media
 
The Canadian Prime Minister has finally agreed to put climate change on the agenda for G8 and G20 meetings next week, after pressure from world leaders and civil society.
www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-put-climate-change-on-g8-agenda-after-pressure-from-world-leaders/article1603818/
 
Oslo conference on saving forests produces some progress
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/27/oslo-conference-aid-to-save-forests
 
A new report finds the world could produce 95 per cent of the electricity it needs from renewable sources by 2050.
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2264307/report-renewables-revolution
 
The OECD has urged governments to end fossil fuels subsidies, arguing this could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent.

 

27th May 2010

27th May 2010

Climate Emergency Vigil Report

The Campaign against Climate Change’s Overnight Vigil took place on 15th May outside the Houses of Parliament, to highlight the need for the new Government to put Climate Change at the top of its agenda. A busy Saturday night in Central London came to a standstill as hundreds of climate activists lit up the streets in a candle light procession from St Martin-in-the-Fields church where a Christian Ecology Link service had taken place, down Whitehall. Following the procession, shortly after midnight crowds gathered at Old Palace Yard to hear speeches from John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington whose constituency defeated the 3rd Runway at Heathrow, Chris Farrow from UKYCC and other speakers from the Tar Sands Campaign, The Spartans, Operation Noah, Biofuelwatch and more.

Really good video here, and photo galleries here and here

To highlight to the Government the commitment required to tackle Climate Change, climate activists spent the night at Old Palace Yard helped by facilities provided by the Salvation Army, the Lambeth Methodist Mission, St Jude's Community Centre nearby. Speed debating, the Ritual of Despair and Empowerment, ‘The Plinth’ were just some of the activities that entertained demonstrators until the powerful Alphorn played by Letty Stott welcomed in the events self titled ‘Zero Carbon Dawn’. A full review is here: overnightvigil

A big thanks to all who helped put the event together, and for all those who came in support on the night. Without your support the Campaign against Climate Change would not be able to put together events like this, please sign up as a member of Campaign against Climate Change and donate what you can here: donate

Public Meeting: report back on the Cochabamba climate conference

Campaign against Climate Change/Climate Camp – 10th June

From 19th-22nd April 2010 the "World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth”, was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. A gathering of 35,000 delegates from 140 countries drew up solutions preventing climate change following the poor result of Copenhagen 2009 with the ‘Copenhagen Accord’. The outcome of the Peoples Climate Conference was to create a People’s Accord, the summary of 17 separate working groups from the Conference outlining the commitment required by the global community to prevent dangerous levels of carbon in the world’s atmosphere.

Amongst the conclusions coming out of the conference was the need to limit warming to 1°C and reduce atmospheric carbon concentrations to 300ppm. This is in great contrast to the very weak targets enshrined in the Copenhagen Accord.

The conference also endorsed the Global Day of Action on climate on 4th December in the Action Schedule of the Final conclusions of the Actions Strategy Working Group.

The Campaign against Climate Change and Climate Camp are coming together to organise a Public Meeting to feedback the events and outcomes of Cochabamba, and discuss the actions needed here in the UK.

Put 6pm June 10th in your diary NOW and come along to SOAS, off Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Keep an eye on www.campaigncc.org and further emails for more details.

More information on the Cochabamba Conference here: pwccc.wordpress.com/


Next London Meeting – Tuesday 15th June

All welcome to the next London meeting on 15th June at 6:45pm in Housmans Bookshop (under the CCC office) at 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX. CCC really values everyone’s contribution to the campaign, please come along and help make the difference!


London launch of the Climate9 campaign - Thursday June 3rd

Climate defense is not an offense! Thursday June 3rd, 6.30-8.30pm The Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. The evening will feature top civil rights and climate justice advocates and lawyers, speakers from the Climate9 Defence Committee, details of the case from the lawyers, discussion on direct action and using the courts to call for real justice and a chance to meet the activists. See www.climate9.com for more details.


E-mail action

Please object to W4B's appeal against rejection of their palm oil power station planning application in Avonmouth, Bristol: www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/w4bmay2010.php
 

Climate change in the news – UK

The new Conservative-Lib Dem coalition has pledged to cut central government emissions by 10% in the next 12 months (1% of all UK emissions)
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/12/coalition-cut-emissions-10-10

Discussion of the pledge here:
blog.businessgreen.com/2010/05/has-cameron-bit.html

The Queen's speech had little detail on climate change measures.
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/comment/2263652/queen-speech-poses-green

Budget cuts have been confirmed at DECC, Defra, Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2263557/green-services-firing-line

A new report calculates that an ambitious offshore renewables building programme and the creation of a North Sea super grid could make the UK a net energy exporter.
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2263302/uk-offshore-renewables-sector

BAA has dropped plans for expansion at Heathrow and Stansted, but there are still plans to expand nearly 30 other airports across the UK.

Bristol airport expansion has been given the go-ahead
airportwatch.org.uk/news/detail.php?art_id=4111&art_AIRPORTWATCH=Y but

Carlisle airport expansion was rejected.
www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/farmer-wins-appeal-to-stop-carlisle-airport-revamp-1.709697?referrerPath=home

Meanwhile, Plane Stupid activists protested against expansion at Manchester airport
planestupid.com/blogs/2010/05/25/manchester-plane-stupid-occupy-manchester-airport
 

Climate change in the news - International

Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres has been appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.
blog.businessgreen.com/2010/05/is-figueres-the.html

India has published its first full greenhouse gas emissions report in more than a decade. It is now the world's fifth biggest emitter after China, the US, Europe and Russia.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/25/india-carbon-emissions

De Boer confirms plan to integrate Copenhagen Accord as part of the UN climate text in the run-up to the crucial Bonn climate meeting
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2263678/boer-confirms-plan-incorporate

Amid arguments over offshore drilling, key Republican Senator Graham refuses to restore his support for the US Climate Bill
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2263630/senator-graham-snubs-kerry

A report by Sandbag finds that the EU carbon trading scheme is failing to cut pollution.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/26/eu-carbon-trading-pollution

The EU is considering adopting an unconditional target of 30% emissions cuts by 2020.
www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/richardblack/2010/05/europe_debates_climate_ambitio.html

A new Friends of the Earth report reveals a rush by Shell and other oil companies to set up tar sands operations in Russia, Congo and even Madagascar.
www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/may/17/tar-sands-extraction-friends-earth
 

Climate change in the news - Science

Africa's lake Tanganyika has heated up sharply over the past 90 years and is now warmer than at any time for at least 1,500 years.
www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64F1W620100516

A new study reveals a significant rise in the temperature of the top layer of the oceans. www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/manmade-climate-change-blamed-for-significant-rise-in-ocean-temperature-1977669.html

 

10th May 2010

POST-ELECTION CLIMATE EMERGENCY VIGIL

Overnight, Saturday to Sunday 15th-16th May, outside Parliament

Candlelit Procession down Whitehall - assemble 11.00pm outside St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Put Climate Change back into politics -  take the message to whoever forms the new government that dealing with the climate crisis needs to be their top priority.

Light a candle for scientific realism and rationality against the dark, populist, tide of sceptic lies and ignorance.

Let them know straightaway that the cuts we need are emissions cuts, not jobs cuts – and we need to start the work of building a zero carbon Britain straightaway.

11.00 pm   Assemble outside St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. Service inside the church from 11.00 pm organised by Christian Ecology Link. Contact  ruthj@phonecoop.coop, 07970 907784.
 
12.00 midnight. Candlelit Procession for the Climate down Whitehall.

12.30 - 5.00 am Overnight Vigil at Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament.. Speakers from UKYCC, the ‘Spartans, Plane Stupid, a Tar Sands group, the Green Party  etc – more details later.  'Art and Empowerment' events through the night - bring lanterns, your music, your art.

5.00 am 'Zero Carbon' Dawn

6.00 am Climate 'Vigil-istas' communal Breakfast.

We have the use of two venues that will be open all night and are within walking distance of the vigil, where vigil-goers can go to get some refreshments and rest their legs: the Lambeth Methodist Mission and St Jude's Community Centre. We also have nearby toilet facilities provided by the Salvation Army.

For map and detailed schedule see overnightvigil

For detailed timetable of the ‘Art and Empowerment’ schedule of activities see here.

Meanwhile there is also a vigil taking place in Derby on Saturday 15th May 2010 9.30 -10.00pm, on the steps of the council house in Derby. Come along with your candle.

Also if you’re in London you can help prepare for the Vigil...

Final vigil planning meeting and fun prop making session Wednesday 12th May at 6:30pm in the basement meeting room of Housman's Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX.

We need lots of help for making stuff for the Vigil, including masks, lanterns, and maybe a big banner. Everyone welcome! Tea and great biscuits provided!

Also, cake and flasks of coffee donations very welcome on the night of the vigil to keep the vigil-goers going.

 

General Election 2010

What does Britain's first hung parliament since 1974 mean for climate policy? 

Out of the 3 main parties the Liberal Democrats have the strongest policies on climate change, but will Nick Clegg stand firm on these or trade them off for concessions on other issues? You can email Nick Clegg to insist he does not water down Lib Dem climate and energy policies in any coalition by going here.

Meanwhile Tadhg White gives a brief:

Critical Evaluation of Lib Dem and Conservative climate policies:

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have committed to the EU target of 15% carbon emission cuts by 2020, although the Liberal Democrats have gone one step further in committing to 30% cuts by 2020 (from 1990 carbon levels). The Liberal Democrats have pledged a zero carbon UK (reached with 10% of emissions offset) by 2050. Its arguable whether at the stage we are now any level of cuts can really be said to be ‘safe’ but current science suggests we need much more serious cuts on a global level and the UK Committee on Climate Change has recommended a cut of 42% by 2020 for the UK.

Whilst the Conservatives talk about new coal and gas power plants with carbon capture and storage, and the development of an Offshore Electricity Grid and Marine Energy Parks, they make little commitments to renewable energy sources and are in favour of building nuclear power plants. The Liberal Democrats would not build nuclear power plants preferring to make the UK more energy efficient and promote renewable energy sources. They have a target of 40% of the UK’s energy coming from renewables by 2020 and 100% by 2050. The Liberal Democrats suggest their green energy and green stimulus package would promote 100,000 green jobs, but this falls short of the 1 Million Climate Jobs called for by Campaign against Climate Change.

Both the Conservative and Liberal Democrats would block the third runway at Heathrow, but aside from this the Conservative transport policy has very little focus on reducing carbon emissions. The Liberal Democrats have several initiatives to improve public transport and reduce emissions including a tax on domestic flights where there are less carbon intensive alternatives, a step towards CCC’s Climate Emergency call for ban on domestic flights and part of the EDM submitted by Colin Challen signed by over 65 MPs during the last parliamentary session.

Conservative Climate Change Policy

www.conservatives.com/Policy/Where_we_stand/Climate_Change_and_Energy.aspx

Liberal Democrats Climate Change Policy

network.libdems.org.uk/manifesto2010/mini/libdem_2010_environment.pdf

 

Featured audio

Listen to Kevin Anderson from the Tyndall Centre take on sceptic Nigel Lawson live on BBC Radio 2. Download from www.tyndall.ac.uk/audio/kevin-anderson-debates-global-warming-nigel-lawson-jeremy-vines-show

 

Climate change in the news - UK

The news in the UK has been dominated by the General Election. While we still wait for the final outcome, the Green Party is celebrating the election of their first MP, Caroline Lucas. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/07/caroline-lucas-green-party-election

 

Climate change in the news - International

Political wrangling further obstructs the passage of Obama’s Climate Bill. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/28/climate-bill-lindsey-graham-standoff

The catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico has set off a backlash against the oil industry in the US www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2262489/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill

The South African tourism minister is tipped as favourite to replace Yvo de Boer as UN climate chief. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/06/marthinus-van-schalkwyk-yvo-de-boer-un-climate-chief

255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences have written an open letter condemning the "McCarthy-like" assault on climate scientists. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/06/climate-science-open-letter-nas

Experts warn of soaring carbon emissions from online data storage. www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/30/cloud-computing-carbon-emissions

A new study shows that dwindling levels of sea ice are responsible for unusual levels of global warming in the Arctic.

www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/28/arctic-sea-ice-loss-warming

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Timetable for Overnight Vigil; 15th–16th May Outside Parliament

Campaign against Climate Change is organising a post election event to remind the new government the importance of Climate Change and the need to make it their top priority. An overnight vigil starting at 11pm on 15th May outside St Martin’s in the Fields near Trafalgar Square with a candlelit procession down Whitehall promises to attract big crowds for a night of demonstration and fun events until a ‘Zero Carbon’ dawn the following morning.

See our new viral video to promote the event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M915AhSsQS4

Timetable of events

11.00 pm   Assemble outside St Martin's in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Service inside the church from 11.00 pm organised by Christian Ecology Link.

12.00 midnight  Candlelit Procession for the Climate down Whitehall.

12.30 - 5.00 am Overnight Vigil at Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament. 'Art and Empowerment' events through the night:

12:30 - 1am Speeches - We plan having half an hour of speeches from climate change specialists and activists from the UK.
 
1am - Join The Mutiny - Join the Mutineers for a one-off special session in which we will be putting Black Gold on Trial. 15 minutes of speed debating will get you in the mood for the main rapid, round table discussion on The Effect of War on The Environment. We will question whether environmentally-friendly bullets are inappropriately named, how the scramble for oil is displacing millions and how capitalism hides its thirst for this oil behind Islamophobia and lies.
 
2am - Poetry Time
 
We have featured performances from:
 
Helen Moore 'Climbing out of a Dog Eat Dog World'. Helen Moore is an ecopoet, children's author and Forest Schools leader based in Somerset. Her children's books offer a hopeful response to climate change.
 
Niall McDevitt was winner of The Verb’s Urban Poetry Contest 2005 (BBC Radio 3). He is an expert on the work of William Blake.
 
We also an open mic session for new and experienced poets.
 
3am Ritual of Despair and Empowerment
Climate Activist and Artist John Hoggett has been researching the work of eco-psychologist Joanna Macy in the last few years. He has prepared a ritual that uses some simple ideas from Macy's work to enable us to reflect on and discuss ideas around climate change that may hold us back from taking effective action. A bold but simple event that everyone can take part in.
 
4am - Climate Change - Pub Style Quiz
Jonathan Whittaker Campaign Against Climate Change Steering Group member will be leading a Climate Change Pub Style Quiz. Find some friends, form a team and see if you win the prize!
 
Alternatively...
 
4am - Non-Violent Direct Action – an introduction
The campaign group Plane Stupid are running an introduction to Non Violent Direct Action. These political pranksters offer you a basic introduction to this kind of protesting.
 
5:00-5:30am - Low Carbon Dawn
Letty Stott of the Guildhall School of music has created an inspirational Call to Action featuring an Alphorn calling along a chain of brass players to call for a Low Carbon Dawn. This fabulous sound, echoing off the Palace of Westminster will mark an end to our amazing and original festival of art and empowerment which we hope will leave you all inspired in the fight against climate change.
 
ONGOING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT
 
The History of the World
Artist and activist Tim Padmore will create The history of the Planet as a time-line from Lambeth Bridge roundabout to the Lambeth Methodist Mission.
 
The Plinth – 1 Minute 45 Seconds
 Kofi Anaan said that one person dies, on average, every 1 minute 45 seconds as a result of climate change. Participants and passers by will be asked to stand on a plinth for this time. They will be given a choice of placards to hold up and will asked if they want their photograph taken. A drum beat will mark each 1 minute 45 seconds. 
 
Poems for the new Prime Minister
People will be invited to write Haiku's, a Japanese form of poetry, on the subjects of, “Nightmares and Dreams,” about climate change.
 
Mural Making Climate Activist and community artist Jonathan Whittaker will be asking people to make a cloth mural on various themes around climate change throughout the night.

6.00 am Climate 'Vigil-istas' communal breakfast in St Jude's Community Centre provided by the Brixton Tea Party.

A detailed schedule is here: artandempowerment

We now have toilet facilities confirmed! They are kindly provided by the Salvation Army in Great Peter Street, just two minutes' walk from the vigil. See our interactive vigil map for more information.

Keep checking our website for updates: overnightvigil

Callout for assistance: we need stewards to help the event run smoothly, if you can help then please e-mail lola@campaigncc.org

 Sceptic Meeting Review – SOAS 14th April

A full house of over 150 people turned out to the Campaign against Climate Change's sceptic meeting where speakers David Adam Environmental Correspondent from the Guardian, Ben Stewart from Greenpeace and George Marshall founder of COIN debated negative spin towards the climate change movement and how to combat it.

Ben from Greenpeace compared University of East Anglia with John Kerry to demonstrate how being right is not enough, and swift rebuttal of incorrect and negative publicity is often required to make our side of the argument the most persuasive.

David Adam from the Guardian argued that the sceptics are now limited to rogue journalists, and George from COIN entertained in getting his point on how diversity of climate change messengers is important to appeal to the wide range of individuals that make up the UK public. Phil Thornhill, CCC’s National Coordinator shared thoughts from CCC’s experience, after which interesting debate was provoked by the audience.

Interesting points were raised including how the climate change movement can learn from the battle to curb smoking, how our climate change beliefs are shared and influenced by friends and family closest to us, and how difficult is it to convey the climate change message in the most persuasive form when all the effects felt from climate change are felt nearly in their entirety on shores far away from the UK.

Full review here: scepticsmeeting

and more comment from around the web the CCC Sceptic Meeting: www.counterfire.org/index.php/features/139/4659

Interesting text from part of the debate on the night here: www.joabbess.com/2010/04/17/sceptic-backlash-questions-answered/

Plus... check out our brand new Climate sceptics Hall of Shame featuring all your favourite climate change sceptics!

 
Upcoming meetings

Our next London meeting is this coming Tuesday 27th April at 6:30pm in The Driver pub, 2-4 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross, N1 9RY. Map here. Come and discuss last minute preparations for the Vigil plus more. All welcome.

 

CCC local groups update: Brent

If you are in north west London then why not get inolved with the Brent CCC group? They have a lot coming up at the moment, including a public meeting with report back from the climate change conference in Bolivia, and an Age of Stuipd film screening. See www.brentcacc.com/content/events for details.

If you're not in London then remember you can find your nearest group at local

 

Climate change in the news - UK

The issue of climate change is playing little part in the election so far www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2010/apr/15/environment-not-election-issue

The Greater London Authority is reviewing Newham council's decision to allow a 50% increase in flights at London City Airport.  Members of the public are invited to contribute.
www.planestupid.com/blogs/2010/04/12/gla-tell-us-why-expanding-city-airport-rubbish-idea

The anti-tar sands resolution at BP's AGM was unsuccessful, with 15% of shareholders supporting it. www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2261445/bp-shrugs-anti-tar-sands

A report from the New Economics Foundation says a third Heathrow runway would result in a £5 billion loss to the UK economy once all social and economic impacts are taken into account.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/20/heathrow-expansion-loss

European Commission draft document paves way for oil from tar sands in Europe
www.foeeurope.org/press/2010/Mar29_EC_draft_paves_way_for_tar_sands.html

 

Climate change in the news - International

In Bonn, developing countries held off strong attempts to adopt the US-led Copenhagen accord as the base of future negotiations.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/11/climate-change-talks-deal-treaty

At the Major Economies Forum, leading emitters agreed that there is virtually no chance of a climate change agreement being reached this year. It was suggested that emerging economies might help broker a deal.
www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2261717/major-economies-forum-calms

The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth has welcomed  over 10,000 people from 135 countries.
pwccc.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/bolivia-capitalism-is-the-main-enemy-of-the-earth-evo-morales-tells-peoples-climate-conference/#more-1425

Research released by the European Commission confirms that Europe’s demand for biofuels is likely to contribute to climate change and harm the environment.
www.foeeurope.org/press/2010/Mar26_europes_biofuel_policy_unsustainable_research_confirms.html

The grounding of flights due to the volcano caused a reduction of at least 2.8m tonnes CO2 (as of the end of Monday)
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/apr/19/eyjafjallajokull-volcano-climate-carbon-emissions
also grounding the myth that volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans.
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/apr/21/iceland-volcano-climate-sceptics

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Public Meeting on the Sceptic Backlash

"A rising tide of lies, ignorance and disinformation on climate change, where is it coming from?"

This Wednesday 14th April, 6.30pm SOAS Room G2
SOAS - School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, off Russell Square (Russell Square tube). Map here.



There is an increase of bad press and false reporting on Climate Change, with the Express recently publishing “Global Warming: What a Climate Con”. Campaign against Climate Change is organizing a public meeting to look at who are the skeptics, how are the organized and funded and most importantly what can we do to fight back?

Speakers include:
David Adam, Environmental Correspondent from the Guardian
Ben Stewart, Greenpeace
George Marshall, COIN - Climate Outreach and Information Network (founder)

Please come along, listen to how you can help wean out the sceptics and share your thoughts!

More information and great links include George Monbiot exposing a sceptic on YouTube!

sceptics

General Election 6th May – Put Climate Change on the Agenda

With the announcement this week that the General Election is 6th May this year, now is the time to put climate change on the agenda. Make sure politicians are answerable to you on climate change - the single most important issue facing the world today.  

5 things you can do:

1. Get your MP to sign the Climate Emergency EDM. Tell your local MP, they get your signature if you get theirs on Climate Emergency EDM!

2. Campaign Marginal Seats – Constituents in areas with marginal seats can join forces with either a group calling themselves the Spartans (details here http://itstheclimatestupid.com/) or Stop Climate Chaos Coalition ‘Ask the Climate Question’ in your local Climate hustings, details here.

3. Join or create a climate network in your area to ecourage local debate on climate forcing climate change onto your local MPs agenda. Contact info@campaigncc.org and we’ll try put your in touch with campaigners in your area.

4. Write to your local paper highlighting the need for action on climate change calling for action from your local MPs

5. Organise a group of neighbours and friends from your area to visit your local MPs at their surgeries, asking for commitment to prevention of climate change this election.

More ideas and useful links of how to put climate change on the Agenda this election  here

Then, after the election come to our...

Climate Emergency overnight vigil

Night of Saturday to Sunday 15th-16th May, outside Parliament



Candlelit procession down Whitehall - assemble 11.00 pm outside St Martin's in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Post election event to remind the new government that dealing with the climate crisis needs to be their top priority.

Light a candle for scientific realism and rationality against the dark, populist, tide of sceptic lies and ignorance.

Join others in a visible demonstration of conviction that we face a climate emergency, and determination to challenge the government in the future if it does not respond appropriately.

Updates and full schedule of events on our website:

overnightvigil

If you would like to contribute to the art and entertainment on the night then please contact John Hoggett at hoggett1[at]hotmail.com or 0118 9415144.

And don’t forget all our upcoming events and meetings are on our online events calendar: event
 
Global Day of Action on climate, 4th December 2010
 
Along with everything else that goes on, the folk at the CCC office are beavering quietly away - as ever - on our international campaign – building for the Global Day of Action during the upcoming the Mexico COP. It's scheduled for Saturday 4th December (see www.globalclimatecampaign.org), the Saturday midway through when we expect to see a big demo in Cancun itself (where the COP is being held) and also, we hope, Mexico City. E-mails are being sent out around the world, relationships with groups in numerous countries are being nurtured, strategic alliances are being worked on… but the big thing on the horizon right now is the “World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth” (see https://pwccc.wordpress.com/) organised by the Bolivians in Cochabamba, on April 19th- 22nd. This will be a massive and likely very significant international meeting, galvanising and perhaps defining for some time to come, the global movement for climate justice – with the emphasis on the rights of the poor and vulnerable against the big rich polluters. CCC will be there with Phil and Marina going on behalf of the Global Climate Campaign to promote the Global Day of Action, amongst other things. All hands on deck to save Pachamama!

Climate change in the news - UK

The select committee report on leaked emails vindicates climate science. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/31/climate-mails-inquiry-jones-cleared

A High Court judge has ruled that the government's case for a third runway at Heathrow must be re-examined, along with its entire aviation policy, in light of the 2008 Climate Change Act. https://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2260307/judge-rules-against-heathrow

A new Science Museum exhibition is claimed to be taking a 'more neutral' approach to climate change. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/ Shell is one of the principal sponsors.
https://leftfootforward.org/2010/03/science-museum-climate-sceptic-exhibition-sponsored-by-big-oil/

Britain is prepared to extend Kyoto if developing nations agree to a new, global treaty
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/uk-pushes-for-twin-track-deal-on-climate-change-1932729.html

Climate change in the news – International

US oil firm Koch Industries has given $73m to climate sceptic groups spreading inaccurate and misleading information. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/30/us-oil-donated-millions-climate-sceptics

The race for the UN's top climate change post is heating up with calls for it to go to a candidate from a developing country. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/25/developing-world-un-climate-chief


Obama plans to open up the US East Coast for oil exploration
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/drill-barack-drill-obama-to-open-up-us-east-coast-for-oil-exploration-1932758.html

Coal fuels much of internet 'data cloud', warns Greenpeace. A Facebook facility being built in Oregon will rely on a utility whose main fuel is coal, while Apple is building a data warehouse in a North Carolina region that relies mostly on coal. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/coal-fuels-much-of-internet-data-cloud-warns-greenpeace-1931581.html
 

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Newsletter 19th March 2010
 
Climate Emergency Overnight Vigil
 
Candlelight Vigil on the night of Saturday to Sunday 15th-16th May, a post election event to remind the new government that dealing with the climate crisis needs to be their top priority. We’re meeting at St Martins-in-the-Fields at 11pm for a midnight procession down Whitehall.
 
Light a candle for scientific realism and rationality against the dark, populist, tide of sceptic lies and ignorance. Join others in a visible demonstration of conviction that we face a climate emergency, and determination to challenge the government in the future if it does not respond appropriately.
 
11.00pm Assemble outside St Martin's in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Service inside the church from 11.00 pm organised by Christian Ecology Link. Contact ruthj@phonecoop.coop, 07970 907784.

12.00 midnight. Candlelit Procession for the Climate down Whitehall.

12.30 - 5.00am Overnight Vigil at Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament. 'Art and Empowerment' events through the night - bring lanterns, your music, your art. *

5.00am 'Zero Carbon' Dawn

6.00am Climate 'Vigil-istas' communal Breakfast.

 
* We are looking for these skills: event organisers, artists, performers, musicians, clowns, poets, street entertainers, lantern-makers, costume makers and anyone who would like to help organise this unique and inspiring event.
Contact John Hoggett, at hoggett1@hotmail.com or 0118 9415144.
 
If you can’t be with us outside Government buildings in London, why not organise a twin event the same night in your locality? Suggested locations include outside the surgery of the newly elected MP and tell your local news team about it! Please contact info@campaigncc.org for more details!
 
Put this date in your diary NOW! We’ll send out more info via email, and update the campaign site in the run up to the vigil.
 
 
 
Public meeting: “A rising tide of lies, ignorance and disinformation on climate change… where is it coming from?”
 
Wednesday 14th April at 6:30pm, probably in SOAS but to be confirmed in further newsletters and at scepticsmeeting.
 
 
Who are the “sceptics” or “deniers”, how are they organised, who is paying them? Is it true that theirs is the message that people most want to hear and why? What can we do to fight back? These questions and more... hear some answers and bring your own...
 
Speakers including...
 
David Adam, environmental correspondent from the Guardian
Ben Stewart, Greenpeace
George Marshall, COIN - Climate Outreach and Information Network (founder)
 
plus more to be announced
 
…but wait, there’s more!
 
A new section on the CCC website provides you with the facts behind the headlines, climate myths, and an insight into the psychology of climate change denial, plus more: sceptics. There is also a system whereby if you want to go online and argue against the disinformation, you can subscribe to an automated daily email with links to climate sceptic news articles and blogs.
 
 
Review of Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Conference
 
The 2010 CCCTU Conference was held last weekend, 13th March at the South Camden Community School. Following the success of last’s year’s event where the 1 Million Green Jobs Campaign was born, another large crowd heard speakers including PCS’s Chris Baugh set out a strategy for trade unionists to tackle climate change, Amancay Colque on Bolivia’s role in the fight against climate change and RMT’s Alex Gordon thoughts on a democratised transport system.
 
A day full of input from the attendees and thought provoking comment from panels sessions, you can see some of the video highlights here:
 
 
 
Climate Change and the election
 
Now is the one time that the people who govern our country are answerable to us Make sure they are answerable to you on climate change.- the single most important issue facing the world today.
Campaign against Climate Change are using our EDM and are teaming up with Ask the Climate Question and The Spartans to make climate change the number one issue facing MPs in the run up to election. See more on our websit: here
 
 
Campaign actions
 
Two urgent biofuel actions:
Help stop the the EU including palm oil grown on deforestated areas as part of the 10% of all road transport fuel in the EU that will need to be “renewable” by 2020. https://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/eu-commission?dm_i=D41,3UVC,1SBJPN,BZPV,1
 
Ask the government to stop subsidising power stations burning biofuels - including palm oil. https://friendsoftheearth.uk/issues
 
Email Gordon Brown, EU president, Spain's José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and European Council president, Herman Van Rompuy, telling them to restart the climate negotiations by committing the EU to a unilateral target of 30% cuts by 2020. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/climate-justice
 
A reminder, if you belong to a pension fund, to email them asking them to challenge BP and Shell over tar sands investment. https://shareaction.org/action-stations-taking-things-to-the-next-level-this-agm-season/
 
 
Dates for your diary
 
Overnight Vigil planning meeting, incorporating the CCC’s London meeting.
Monday 8th April at 6:30, location to be announced in a forthcoming e-mail and online.
Come and discuss plans for our upcoming overnight vigil and sceptics meeting – we need your help and input!
 
Fossil Fool's Day 2010
The International Rising Tide network and its allies are calling a day of local actions against the fossil fuel industry on April 1st 2010. This is also the start of the BP Tar Sands Fortnight of Shame: a two-week campaign culminating in actions surrounding BP’s AGM on April 15th. https://risingtide.org.uk/fossilfoolsday
 
And don’t forget all our upcoming events and meetings are on our online events calendar: event
 
 
Climate change in the news - UK
 
Research showing rich countries outsource about a third of their CO2 emissions finds 253 million tonnes of CO2 are released annually in the manufacture of products bound for the UK, more than any other European country. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/08/carbon-emissions-carbonfootprints
 
A new report has confirmed that bailed-out RBS is the UK's biggest lender to companies operating the tar sands extraction projects in Canada, to the tune of more than $7.5 billion https://peopleandplanet.org/navid9584
 
The government has promised to review the level of financial support available to British marine energy firms as part of a newly launched Marine Energy Action Plan. https://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2259519/government-wave-era-british
 
The renewable power industry has warned that it needs £500m from the UK government over the next two years if it is to help ministers meet energy and climate change targets. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/mar/04/green-energy-sector-wants-500m
 
A leaked ASA adjudication largely clears government over a climate change advertising campaign accused of being 'scary, inaccurate and too political' https://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/mar/13/government-cleared-climate-change-adverts
 
 
Climate change in the news - International
 
China and India have agreed to be "listed" as parties to the Copenhagen accord but both state that it cannot be a replacement for the UN process. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/09/china-india-copenhagen-accord
 
Because of over-allocation in the EU emissions trading scheme, companies across Europe are hoarding permits to produce greenhouse gases. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/11/industries-greenhouse-gas-emission-permits
 
Four environmental groups have sued the European Union's executive for withholding reports on biofuel impacts. https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62801Q20100309
 
 
Climate change in the news - Science
 
A major Met Office review of more than 100 climate studies explains that it is an "increasingly remote possibility" that human activity is not the main cause of climate change. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/05/met-office-analysis-climate-change
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Campaign against Climate Change 2010 Planning Meeting and AGM Review
The CCC held its 2010 Planning Meeting and AGM on February 20th at SOAS attended by close to 100 of its members. Business kicked off with an overview of the achievements of 2009, a pretty remarkable year including many energetic demonstrations notably the Save Vestas Campaign, CCC’s contribution to December’s London Wave and Climate Emergency Rally in July which lead to the submission of radical Climate Emergency Demands by Colin Challen MP since signed by a further 60 MPs. The CCC Trade Union group garnered a lot of support through it 1 Million Climate Jobs pamphlet with backing from unions including CWU, TSSA, PCS, FBU and UCU, the pamphlet now in its second print run after strong demand.
 
After a short lunch members broke into 3 sub groups to discuss directions the Campaign should take in 2010. Peter Robinson, Chairman of CCC, opened the discussion session on how to build a major climate movement with a focus on working with other groups. Some interesting contributions from the subgroups included trying to partner with other groups who might have similar aims, but coming from a different agenda. For instance CCC’s aim of reducing the speed limit to 55mph to cut carbon emissions might also appeal to sustainable transport groups. Campaigning for large multinationals to reduce their carbon footprint through pamphlets received support.
 
Phil Thornhill, National Co-ordinator, continued discussion on how to get the most from the Emergency Demands with feedback from the members giving support for action on housing insulation included as part of the Million Green Jobs. It was suggested other Emergency demands could also be coupled with a solution, “Reduce speed limit to 55MPH and improve public transport”, and more local action in the form of public meetings and actions to oust support from local MPs for the emergency demands. (Get your MP to support the EDM here: edmpetition)
 
Jonathan Neale, International Secretary of CCC, spoke about how the RSPB (animal and wildlife welfare) brought 5000 people to December’s Wave and how groups from diverse backgrounds can come together to increase the fight against climate change. The breakout group discussing actions around the elections and later in 2010 felt there was a need for a large demonstration post election and also a second later in the year, possibly including a simple message “Real Climate action- Not False Solutions” and actions that would incorporate the message and support of other activist groups.
 
The day concluded with voting on changes to the Constitution, Resolutions and election of the Steering Group. Relatively minor changes went through with no objection on the Constitution, all 3 proposed resolutions were passed some with small addendums including support for CCC help in sending members to the Bolivia conference in March. As there were no contested roles on the Steering Committee, all those nominated and receiving the required support were voted into position in one group vote. Notable new members of the Steering committee this year include Deepak Rughani from Biofuelwatch and John Stewart of HACAN. A full list can be found on our website.
 
Thank you to all of those who attended the CCC Planning meeting/AGM last Saturday, and especially to those that showed interest in taking forward some of the activities discussed.
 
Unfortunately one of the clipboards went missing at the end of the day, so we no longer have a record of those that showed an interest in the “Emergency Demands” and “Upcoming Actions”. If you are interested in contributing to one of these areas, please email marina.littek@campaigncc.org.
 
Campaign against Climate Change London Meeting 6.30pm 1st March - This Coming Monday!
Venue: Basement, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX (below CCC office) Nearest Tube: Kings Cross
 
Provisional agenda:
 
1. Mini summary of planning meeting/AGM
2. Pre election events
3. Post election event-brainstorm
4. London group specific events & outreach activities
5. Office volunteer update
6. Anything else you’d like to discuss!
 
Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Conference 2010
13th March, South Camden Community School, London NW1
 
The Campaign against Climate Change 3rd Trade Union Conference will take place in Camden on Saturday 13th March from 11am to 4.30pm. Previous conferences have brought together hundreds of Trade Unionists to discuss the role that the Trade Union movement can play in the fight against Climate Change.
 
Speakers for 2010’s CCC Trade Union conference include
Tony Kearns (CWU), Manuel Cortes (TSSA), Chris Baugh (PCS), Prof. Barbara Harriss-White, Jonathan Neale (Million Green Jobs Commission, CCC), John Stewart (HACAN), Graham Petersen (UCU), and Larry Lohman (Cornerhouse).
 
The failure to agree a serious strategy for dealing with climate change at the Copenhagen Climate Conference underlines this problem, and why the CCC Trade Union group will push the Government to employ a million unemployed workers to save the climate.
 
Registration £10 for Workers, or £5 Low-paid or Unemployed
Download registration form here tuconference2010
Or pay at the door. (Doors open at 11am)
 
Get Your MP to Support the Climate Emergency EDM (189) – Sign our Petition!
The Climate Emergency EDM was tabled as EDM 2057 by Colin Challen MP in October 2009 and was signed by 45 MPs. It has since been retabled as EDM 189 which (as of 3rd February) had been signed by 31 MPs, including 16 who hadn’t signed it before as EDM 2057 – making 61 MPs who have signed it (at one stage or another). We want to push as many MPs as we can to sign it and we need your help. We’re targeting 300 signatures by March to force the emergency demands to be discussed in parliament. The Climate Needs You! edmpetition
 
Take action
 
Contact your pension fund to ask them to vote against tar sands development at BP and Shell shareholder meetings. https://shareaction.org/action-stations-taking-things-to-the-next-level-this-agm-season/
 
Support a Robin Hood Tax on banking to fund action on poverty and climate change. https://www.robinhoodtax.org.uk/category/latest
 
Climate change in the news - UK
 
Another survey shows the British public's belief in climate change has declined. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/23/british-public-belief-climate-poll
 
An amendment to restrict carbon dioxide emissions from new power stations has been defeated in the Commons by just 8 votes. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jyP_fgaR8g6fKLtwF7cmpFbwMP9g You can find out how your MP voted here https://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2010-02-24&number=86&display=allvotes
 
 
A biofuel power plant planned to run on palm oil has been rejected by local councillors in Avonmouth because of the wider environmental issues http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/8532017.stm
 
The Committee on Climate Change has warned Scotland needs to step up its efforts to meet its target of cutting CO2 levels by 42% by 2020. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/24/scotland-emissions-target
 
£60m Climate aid from the UK to Bangladesh has been criticised for being drawn from existing aid budgets and for being channelled through the World Bank. Bangladesh initially rejected the terms but agreement has now apparently been reached. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/15/bangladesh-world-bank-climate-finance
 
Climate change in the news - International
 
Yvo de Boer has announced his resignation from the UNFCCC.
 
The world's top firms cause an estimated $2.2tn of environmental damage. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/18/worlds-top-firms-environmental-damage
 
Obama has announced money for two new nuclear reactors. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/16/barack-obama-nuclear-reactors
 
Three leading corporations, including BP America, have dropped out of a coalition that had been pressing Congress to pass climate change legislation.
 
MIT analysis shows pledges submitted to the UN falls short of reduction targets by at least 11bn tonnes of CO2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/12/copenhagen-carbon-emission-pledges
 
EU biofuels are found to be significantly harming food production in developing countries. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/15/biofuels-food-production-developing-countries
 

Climate change in the news - Science

The world's coral reefs could disintegrate by 2100 because of rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/23/worlds-coral-reefs-disintegrate-2100

 

8th February 2010

Newsletter 8th February 2010
 
Climate Emergency 2010 Planning Meeting
12pm 20th February, SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
 
Please come along to our planning meeting to discuss what the Campaign against Climate Change should achieve in 2010. On the agenda we want your input on…
 
Where next after Copenhagen?
 
Building a campaign for emergency climate action in the UK; gaining political traction round a radical climate message
 
Building the movement, working with other groups
 
Post-election action/demonstration to challenge the new government to take emergency action on climate change
 
How can we best use the Climate Emergency EDM?
(see below and at climateemergencyedm)
 
Planning meeting will be followed by the Campaign against Climate Change AGM, all welcome to stick around.
 
Please help us spread the word, download and distribute our Climate Emergency Planning Meeting flier here: planningmeetingflier.pdf
 
 
Get Your MP to Support the Climate Emergency EDM (189) – Sign our Petition!
The Climate Emergency EDM calls for concrete demands for action on climate that includes the main “emergency demands” of the campaign - 10% cuts by end 2010, a million climate jobs, banning domestic flights, a 55 mph speed limit and more.
 
The Climate Emergency EDM was tabled as EDM 2057 by Colin Challen MP in October 2009 and was signed by 45 MPs. It has since been retabled as EDM 189 which (as of today) has been signed by 32 MPs, including 17 who hadn’t signed it before as EDM 2057 – making 62 MPs who have signed (at one stage or another) this very radical statement calling for action on climate. We want to both push as many MPs as we can to sign it and make sure the public knows about it: for this we need your help.
 
What you can do
  1. Find out who your local MP is and write and ask them to sign. Need help with a letter? Use our model one here.
  2. Sign our petition here: edmpetition
  3. Meet your MP face to face and ask him/her to sign. Ring the House of Commons on 020 7219 3000, get the contact details for your MP and book an appointment to meet at their surgery.
  4. Use the EDM as an excuse to write to your local paper. Congratulate your MP if they signed, (see model letter here) or if they haven’t, say how great it would be if they did and mention how many MPs already have.
  5. If your MP hasn’t signed you can also build support for the EDM in your community, or order postcards from info@campaigncc.org and distribute for your community to send to your MP, or organise a small demo at their surgery calling for their signature on the EDM.
Read the full EDM text and sign the petition here edmpetition
 
 
Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Conference 2010
13th March, South Camden Community School, London NW1
 
 
The Campaign against Climate Change’s third Trade Union Conference will take place in Camden on Saturday 13th March from 11:00am until 4:30pm. With little commitment from Government to create green jobs post Copenhagen and in economic climate putting pressure on employment, the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union group is setting out a framework to push the Government to develop climate jobs and support workers.
 
Previous conferences have brought together hundreds of Trade Unionists to discuss the role that the Trade Union movement can play in the fight against Climate Change. Speakers for 2010’s CCC Trade Union conference include:
 
Tony Kearns (CWU), Manuel Cortes (TSSA), Chris Baugh (PCS), Prof. Barbara Harriss-White, Jonathan Neale (Million Green Jobs Commission, CCC), John Stewart (Airportwatch), Graham Petersen (UCU), and Larry Lohman (Cornerhouse).
 
The failure to agree a serious strategy for dealing with climate change at the Copenhagen Climate Conference underlines this problem, and why the CCC Trade Union group will push the Government to employ a million unemployed workers to save the climate.
 
Registration £10 for workers, or £5 low-paid or unemployed
Download registration form here tuconference2010
Or pay at the door. Doors open at 11:00am.
 
About the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group
The Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union (CCCTU) group aims to get trade unionists involved in action on climate change. With major support from several major trade unions including CWU, TSSA, UCU and PCS, the CCCTU group brings together unions from around the UK to push the government to create jobs to tackle climate change.
The outcome of the 2009 CCCTU conference was to start a serious fight for green jobs. Currently there are 2.5 million people unemployed in the UK likely to rise to 3million plus by the end of 2010. The CCCTU is calling on the government to create 1 million new climate jobs, not green jobs but jobs that cut down the amount of greenhouse gases in the air. These jobs are to be new jobs, not existing re-packaged as climate jobs, in alternative energy, for workers skilled in building insulation and efficiency, and workers providing cheap and ubiquitous low carbon public transport. The CCCTU group has produced a booklet outlining how the Government can create 1 million new climate jobs. To order a copy of the booklet, or to find out more about the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union group please visit their website: https://cacctu.wordpress.com/ .
 
Other Events around the UK
 
Encourage your council to go green cutting your carbon footprint with Greenpeace
 
End subsidies for palm oil in the UK, send FOE letter to Ed Milliband
 
10:10 Campaign each month suggesting ways to cut your carbon!
 
 
Climate change in the news – UK
 
A survey shows scepticism about climate change has risen in the UK - only 26% of those asked believed climate change was happening and "now established as largely man-made". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8500443.stm
 
The Independent reports how ExxonMobil is funding think-tanks to undermine climate science. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/think-tanks-take-oil-money-and-use-it-to-fund-climate-deniers-1891747.html
 
The latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show carbon dioxide output has fallen by just 10 per cent since 1990 and 3 per cent since Labour came to power in 1997. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/7139332/Government-misses-climate-change-target.html
 
Official greenhouse gas emissions for the UK fell nearly two per cent during 2008, because of the recession https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1807436/falling-uk-emissions-example-world-community
 
In 2008/09 only a fifth of biofuels used in the UK qualified as sustainable and the origin of another fifth was completely unknown. https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/blog-post/1810197/there-option-left-moratorium-biofuel
 
The climate scientist at centre of email row defends his research in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/02/phil-jones-climate-scientist-hacked-email
 
Greenhouse gases used in super­market fridges and freezers pose as great a threat to the environment as plastic bags, according to a study by campaigning group the Environmental Investigation Agency. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/feb/01/supermarket-fridges-pollution
 
The Environmental Audit Committee has urged the government to increase carbon reduction target. https://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environmental_audit_committee/eacpn110110.cfm
 
 
Climate change in the news - International
 
Under the Copenhagen Accord, 55 countries have formally pledged to cut or limit their emissions. However the pledges are much less than what is required to keep warming below 2 degrees. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/02/55-countries-greenhouse-emissions-pledge
 
Experts are sceptical about the prospects for a global deal on climate change in 2010. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/01/climate-change-deal-impossible-2010
 
The White House has announced a target to cut federal greenhouse gas emissions 28 per cent by 2020 https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1807032/obama-steps-climate-push-federal-emission-targets
 
China's most senior negotiator on climate change says more research needed to establish whether warming is man-made https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1805730/climate-change-chinese-adviser-calls-mind-causes

7th January 2010

Newsletter 7th January 2010
 
World leaders failed us, but we keep fighting. We need your help in 2010 to build on the new global movement that was born on the streets of Copenhagen.
 
The Campaign against Climate Change is a small organisation but with an impact that is felt beyond its size, playing a major role in mobilising for the demonstrations in Copenhagen and in London. In the run-up to Copenhagen, we helped build bridges between activists in different countries; between large NGOs and radical grassroots organisations; and between green campaigners and the trade union movement. Now we need to make these links count, working with others to build the biggest mass movement in history, while keeping up the pressure in the UK for the government to adopt policies appropriate for this Climate Emergency.
 
To do all this we need more active volunteers, but we also need.... money!
 
New Year Donation Appeal
 
The Campaign receives no government support or corporate funding and relies on donations from ordinary individuals just like YOU. The task ahead is more daunting than ever, but together we can do it. Please help us meet the challenge in 2010 and set up a monthly donation by PayPal or standing order donate Even small amounts really help, but if you can afford to give more in 2010, this is the time to do it.
 
Thank you so much for all your support in the past and for our future.
 
Climate Emergency 2010 Planning Meeting February 20th (time and venue TBA)
 
Following on from last year’s successful Climate Emergency Copenhagen program calling for 10% cuts by 2010, how do we capitalise on the Climate Emergency EDM raised by Colin Challen MP? Please come along and join in the discussion to create this year’s program. Full details of time and venue will be made available in forthcoming e-mails, and of course, on our website.
Followed by the Campaign against Climate Change AGM, all welcome to stick around.
 
100,000 attend Climate March in Copenhagen
 
Campaign against Climate Change and other climate campaigning groups united on the streets of Copenhagen near the Bella centre where representatives of nations around the world negotiated how to tackle climate change. Belgium’s Climate et Justice Sociale, France’s Amis le Terre, Campaign against Climate Change and other campaigning groups organised 800 supporters travelling from Brussels on the ‘Climate Express’ train to Copenhagen for a 100,000 strong rally to show support for major action in the Copenhagen negotiations.
The 6km march left Copenhagen’s centre and culminated at the Bella centre where former Irish President and Human Rights Activist Mary Robinson led the call for a fair deal for developing nations to grow in new global green economy. Speakers from Indigenous tribal areas effected by climate change, former Vestas workers and other speakers to the 100,000 strong crowd all had the same message, calling for campaigners to unite and work together to influence world leaders to take strong action against climate change.
See photos from Copenhagen  here
 
Here’s one campaigner’s account of the Copenhagen trip:
 
I was on the second of the early trains leaving from London at 7am, the first left an hour before and we’d all met in Brussels. A short snooze later we arrived, and along with meeting the rest of the Campaign against Climate Change UK group, we joined other groups from the UK, France and Belgium. Oxfam and Greenpeace were the 2 of the main organisers of the march we were to attend the following day, and hence why the CCC, Belgian and French campaign groups had corralled an 800 seat train to take us all to Copenhagen. At about 11.30am we boarded the Climate Express in Brussels and set off for Copenhagen.
 
 
There was a fantastic atmosphere on the train with our fellow Belgian and French friends regularly coming through our carriage full of song, some louder than others armed with horns. There was plenty of good chat, great music and wine thanks in the part to the French organisers. Whilst the atmosphere was great, most people were sceptical that much would be achieved by our political representatives in the coming days in the Climate negotiations. We switched trains on the Danish boarder and arrived at our digs for the weekend about 2am. The Campaign had organised a well heated school gym hall for us to stay and within about 30mins, all 50 or so people were wrapped up in sleeping bags fast asleep getting ready for the march the following day.
 
We rose on a cold Copenhagen morning and converged at 10am for a short march organised by Friends of the Earth that was to lead us to the start of the main march, where close to 100,000 people from all over Europe and the World united in support of strong action to be taken on our behalf by our representatives in the Climate talks. I met some really interesting people all with thoughts and experiences on climate change. From discussions of energy tax and efficiency schemes in the US, localised energy and food production in Europe and the harmful consequences of western consumption on African weather and water systems, there were really interesting and enthusiastic people ready to fight for carbon emission reductions where ever they were from around the globe. We walked for 6km in great spirits, everyone positive the size of our 100,000 strong crowd should show world leaders the strong demand from whom they represent to take action against climate change. The most police presence I saw that day was about 10 police men dressed in riot gear protecting MacDonalds on the march route. The funny thing was we walked past a Shell petrol station less than 5 minutes later and that was without any noticeable security. I’m not sure why, I saw no signs of aggression from any of the marchers. Have McDonalds got such a bad rep it needs police protection, surely tax payers money can be better spent! The march continued in good spirits until we reached a stage outside the Bella Centre where the climate negotiations were taking place.
 
 
Crowds gathered in front of a stage where Mary Robinson, a lady fasting in solidarity with 6 others for the climate change cause, indigenous tribe members, an ex Isle of Wight Vestas employee and others spoke passionately about their experiences, each telling of different reasons why we urgently need action against climate change. The march was a pleasure to be on, meeting so many interesting people everyone in such positive and progressive frames of mind. After the march I made my way back to Copenhagen’s centre to meet with a friend where we ate and sampled the Copenhagen night life.
 
The following morning we packed up and made our way towards the Klima Forum, a centre where there was lots of interesting talks and presentations about different programs and experiences of Climate Change from around the world. Our train back to Brussels was leaving in the early afternoon so unfortunately I did not get to spend the time I would have liked at the Klima forum. The journey home was just as good as the way over, with a group perfecting the brilliant ‘Climate Express’ song to the tune of Neil Hammond’s National Express (hopefully someone will send in the recording to CCC so they can post it on their site). We arrived in London on Monday morning at around 9am having slept pretty good on the train. I’m not sure how CCC managed to organise the trip so well, but to get the 100 or so people to and from Copenhagen like they did, including somewhere to stay, was a remarkable achievement. Particularly when you consider everything else the group accomplished in 2009 with the little resources they have. A trip I won’t forget in a hurry, and a big thanks the Campaign against Climate Change for pulling it off!
 
Copenhagen - what happened?
 
The outcome of the Copenhagen negotiations brought the bitter disappointment of a weak deal. All references to 1.5C were removed, as was the goal of reducing global CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. It fails to even keep warming below 3C, let alone the 'safe' limit of 2C.
 
Some blame the US for the failure:
 
Denmark has been criticised for overriding the multilateral process and holding a secret meeting of developed nations:
 
Only a last-minute drama saved the deal from total collapse:
 
Greenpeace's brief summary of events:
 
The Copenhagen Accord in full:
 
Now all rests on COP16 in Mexico in 12 months' time.
 
Other climate news
 
Round-up of climate science from 2009:
 
Review of the prospects for US climate change legislation:
 
A French carbon tax hangs in the balance:
 
UK government departments make progress on cutting emissions but need to do more:
 
The most carbon-intensive UK firms have the weakest targets for emissions reduction:
 
Scientists find higher than expected releases of methane in the melting arctic
 
Gordon Brown tells People and Planet to keep fighting
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11 December 2009

Newsletter 11th December 2009 - Copenhagen Special
 
As the Copenhagen climate summit gets under way and activists, including the 180 that are on their way with CCC, start to descend on Copenhagen, there is plenty to keep up to date with about what people will be doing and what you can get in involved in. Below is an outline of some of the things that are happening in Copenhagen on Saturday (our Global Day of Action), what will be happening here in the UK, and just a taster of what people are doing all over the world to call for climate action.
 
12th December - Global Day of Action
 
In Copenhagen there will be a day of demonstrations on Saturday 12th December. Friends of the Earth International are organising a “Flood for Climate Justice” starting at 10 am at, gathering at Halmtorvet [near the Klimaforum09 venue]. A colourful procession moving as a human flood will march through the streets of Copenhagen to Christiansborg Slotsplads (Parliament Square) where there will be a street theatre act. See here for more info.
 
 
In Copenhagen in the afternoon, a coalition of climate organisations will gather for a mass demonstration. The march will start at Christiansborg Slotsplads at 1pm, and will reach the Bella Centre (the UN Summit Venue) for an assembly at around 5 pm. See here for more info.
 
 
Our Global Day of Action will see protests of many forms all over the world. India is expected to see 50,000 people demonstrating on the streets of New Delhi, with actions happening in 15 other countries, including a candle-lit vigil on Kanyakumari Beach in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. 10,000 people are expected to join in “Walks against Warming” in different locations across Australia. In Tanzania there will be a mass bike ride as well as a Demonstration in Morogoro, while in city of Osasco, Brazil, the will be a parade with floats and drummers attended by students, workers and environmentalists. See what else is happening around the rest of the world, from Dakar to Djakarta and Buenos Aries to Istanbul, see of Global Day of Action site here.
 
 
Other Copenhagen related actions:
 
For those in London during Copenhagen:
 
During the second week of Copenhagen, from Monday 14th - Thursday 17th Dec, Stop Climate Chaos Coalition will be organising 'flying pickets' at the embassies of countries that are blocking progress in the UNFCCC talks. Each day the country identified by Climate Action Network (CAN) as 'Fossil of the Day' will be targeted.
 
Camp for Climate Action have set up in Trafalgar Square and aim to stay there for the duration of the talks. You can go and support them by pitching a tent and staying or by simply taking visit and taking their minds off the cold. More info here.
 
 
For those all over the country:
 
Avaaz are heading a mass phone-in to Gordon Brown ahead of the meeting of European leaders this Thursday and Friday to decide the offers they will be taking to Copenhagen. Help flood the PM’s phone line with demands for European leaders to offer 30-40% cuts by 2020 and put forward sufficient finance for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries at the talk.
More info here.
 
 
You can sign up to Friends of the Earth “Climate Justice Swarm” which will send you email updates on how how to take part in daily actions which will react to latest developments at the talks. Actions will include putting pressure on heads of state, negotiators and other key figures via email, text, phone and letters to government officials and the media. Sign up to get daily action alerts from 7th December at
 
 
 
Keep track of what’s happening in Copenahgen:
 
Links:
 
Klima Forum, the main hub and and meeting of activists in Copenhagen will have regular updates and reports on their websites -www.oneclimate.net
 
Reel News will have daily updates from activists in Copenhagen during the
 
Copenhagen in the News
 
At the recent Commonwealth meeting,a £13.3bn global fund was launched to reduce deforestation, build flood defences and boost renewable supplies in the developing world.
 
 
Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol.
 
 
Alliance of Small Island States say any deal that allows temperatures to rise by more than 1.5C is 'not negotiable'.
 
 
There are also regular articles and updates from the talks and around

13 November 2009

Newsletter 13th November 2009
 
Only 22 days till the Climate Emergency Rally on 5th December to coincide with the start of the UN Climate Talks in Copenhagen!
Help us take a radical climate message to the day of climate demonstrations
Mobilisation efforts for the rally are well underway, pick up or order your leaflets and posters for distribution from the CCC office and make sure we get the biggest number of people possible calling for urgent and radical action on climate change at the rally - 12noon Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London see www.campaigncc.org for the latest info on the UK demonstrations and the Global Day of Action on December 12th when we’ll be demonstrating in Copenhagen.
 
 
Climate Emergency Forum, London
 
Last Saturday’s Forum saw a great many diverse speakers putting forward the case for radical action and the need for us to take this message to the climate demonstrations on December 5th. The whole day had a great energy about it and the case for emergency action was really felt. A huge thank you to all the speakers, stall holders, musicians, volunteers and audience members.
 Journalist Johann Hari has his fellow speakers in the Copenhagen session in stitches, full credit to him for hammering home a radical and urgent message on climate change action whilst keeping everyone thoroughly entertained.
 
The four main sessions were:
 
10% cuts by end 2010: the case for emergency action
Green Jobs Now – a million climate jobs by end 2010?
Decarbonising our transport fast – the way ahead
Copenhagen, the deal we need and the deal we’re likely to get
 
 
We’re hoping to make podcasts of the sessions available on-line soon – check www.campaigncc.org for details.
 
One Million Green Jobs Pamphlet - ON SALE NOW!!
 
One of our key demands is the creation of 1 million Green Jobs by the end of 2010 (a demand we’ll be taking to the climate emergency rally on December 5th) and we’re delighted to announce the availability of a pamphlet detailing how this can be achieved. The pamphlet, ‘One Million Climate Jobs NOW!’ published by CCC, features contributions from leading trade unionists and green campaigners.
Pamphlets are available to buy now from the CCC office, order them by contacting the office on 02078339311 or info@campaigncc.org
 
Price: £2 each or £15 for 10 copies (no charge for postage and packaging)
 
Payment can be made by:
·         Cheques made payable to Campaign against Climate Change
·         PayPal via our website (please specify that you are paying for Green Jobs leaflets when you check out)
·         Cash (sent at your own risk or hand delivered to our office)
 
Age of Stupid screening, 6.30pm Tuesday 17th November, London
 
The Campaign against Climate Change in association with Amnesty International present a screening of the film The Age of Stupid at The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EA.
Admission is free but a donation of £5 is requested on the door to cover the cost of the film license fee. You must book tickets for the screening through Amnesty’s website, please visit: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/events?ID=1353     
 
Countdown to Copenhagen - 24 days to go!!
 
5th December – London
10am Lincolns Inn Fields                        Climate Emergency Bike Ride
12noon Speakers Corner Hyde Park   Climate Emergency Rally
1pm Grosvenor Square                            The WAVE sets off
 
This is THE biggest mobilisation on climate change in the UK – don’t just bring your friends and family, bring your neighbours and networks and everyone you can think of!!
 
We have posters and flyers in the CCC office for distribution – call in to pick them up or ask us to post them to you around the country – we’ve got just 3 weeks to make this the biggest demonstration ever!!
 
 
12th December – Copenhagen
Global day of Action
 
We have sold out of our train tickets to Copenhagen but fear not! We are now organising a coach to Copenhagen for the Global Day of Action, the coach will leave London at 8.30pm on Thursday 10th December and return to London on the afternoon of Monday 14th December, tickets are £90.50.
To reserve your seat email copenhagen@campaigncc.org NOW!!
 
Other News
 
Do you live in Bristol?
We are looking for a new local Campaign against Climate Change contact in Bristol, if you live in the area and would like to help build the campaign there and take over from the previous contact please get in touch – info@campaigncc.org
 
Housmans 50th birthday party
The Campaign against Climate Change office is above Housmans Bookshop, which has long been a centre for peace, human rights, and environmental campaigning https://housmans.com/housmans_history.php
This Saturday 14th November its 50th anniversary and to celebrate they’re having a party at the nearby Cross Kings pub and everyone’s welcome – more information https://housmans.com/peacehouse.php
 
Build for the WAVE on December 5th – Film your own Mexican WAVE!
Follow in the footsteps of the CCC office and film your very own Mexican Wave to contribute to the online Mexican Wave that Stop Climate Chaos are coordinating to promote The WAVE on December 5th. For how to submit your video see www.the-wave.org.uk
And to see the CCC office and London group in Wave action see
 
Climate art and activism at the Arnolfini Gallery Bristol this Sunday
As part of the exhibition C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture artist-activist group Platform and their collaborators are holding a programme of workshops and events on Sunday 15th November see here for more info https://arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/events/details/523
 
 
Climate change in the news - UK
 
Ed Miliband has published plans for ten new nuclear reactor sites as part of an energy strategy that includes 'clean coal' and wind power
A summary of the plans and original documents are available on the DECC website.
 
Analysis in the Guardian and by Greenpeace.
 
Environmentalists warn that expansion of uranium mining to fuel this could devastate the Kalahari and new mines will be powered by burning coal. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/nov/08/nuclear-power-namibia-mining
 
Controversially, a judge has ruled that beliefs on climate change can be considered akin to religion regarding employment discrimination.
 
Climate change in the news - International
 
A meeting of G20 finance ministers ended in deadlock over who should pay for climate adaptation. https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/1807642/g20-climate-funding-meeting-deadlock
 
Climate talks in Barcelona end in acrimony and poor countries threaten walk-out at Copenhagen. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/nov/06/developing-nations-copenhagen-walkout
 
The world's key industrialised nations say they have abandoned hope of legally binding deal at Copenhagen summit.
 
Obama has said that he will travel to Copenhagen if the countries involved are on the verge of a deal and he thinks his presence will help to clinch agreement. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/nov/10/barack-obama-will-go-copenhagen
 
Meanwhile the US climate bill is put on hold for five weeks meaning no bill is likely before Copenhagen.
 
Democrats have voted the bill through a key Senate committee despite Republican boycott, risking hardening Republican opposition.
 
Climate activists are fasting to push leaders to sign a strong deal at Copenhagen. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/nov/06/copenhagen-activists-hunger-strike
 
A FoE report says 'cap and trade' carbon markets have done little to reduce emissions but have been plagued by corruption and inefficiency.

2 November 2009

 

Latest CCC News
 
 
Big 5 Review 
Over 600 people gathered on London's South Bank as part of the 350 global day of action to form the shape of a 5. At over 4000 simultaneous events in 180 countries highlighting the number 350 representing 350ppm the safe level of CO2 in the atmoshphere in parts per million that we need to achieve to avoid catastrophic climate change (the current level 390 ppm). While London formed the 5, a 3 was taken in Sydney, Australia and a 0 was shot in Copenhagen, Denmark on the same day (see photo above). Watch a great time lapse video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtJhi6WOE9o. Full review and some great snaps here /big5for350
 
Support the Climate Emergency EDM
Colin Challen MP, Labour, has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM 2057) based on our Climate Emergency demands which we will be taking to the forthcoming Climate Emergency Rally on 5th December. So far the EDM has been signed by over 30 MPs.
 
We want to get lots of MPs backing this EDM so we’re asking everyone to write to their MP. For details of how to write to your MP, to read the EDM in full and to find details of our country-wide Climate Emergency Copenhagen series of Public Meetings, including the London Public Forum Saturday 7th November, see here:
 
 
Coach to Copenhagen, Thursday 10th December
The Euro-train to Copenhagen is now full, but the good news is there’s a coach booked. The coach will leave London on the evening of Thursday 10th December at 8.30 pm departing from York Way alongside Kings Cross station. It will reach Copenhagen around 6.30 pm on the evening of Friday 11th. Coming back it will leave Copenhagen on the evening of Sunday 13th and get back to London on the afternoon of Monday 14th.  The cost will be £ 90.50. 
If you are interested in this please let us know at copenhagen@campaigncc.org  – the sooner you give us your name the more likely you are to be amongst the first 50 who actually get onto the coach! It will be first come first served, so we advise you to register as soon as possible – we will then shortly be asking for payment for the ticket.
 
 
Photos and Videos from Recent Campaign CC events
Please email, share, embed these videos to spread the word of Campaign CC
Photos: /node/352
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen - London Public Forum November 7th
11:45 -6pm, Saturday November 7th
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street (Nearest tube Kings Cross, see here for a map )
 
FREE EVENT with top speaker line up and workshops from groups including Biofuelwatch/ Food not Fuel and the CCC trade union group. Sessions include “10% cuts by 2010: the case for emergency action”, “1 million Green Jobs” and “Copenhagen: the deal we want and the deal we’re likely to get”.
 
Speakers include Jean Lambert MEP (Green Party), Aubrey Meyer (Global Commons Institute) , Alexis Rowell (Camden Council), Oliver Tickell (author Kyoto 2), Chris Baugh (Public and Commercial Services Union), John Stewart (HACAN), Damian Carrington (Head of Environment, The Guardian), Johann Hari (journalist) and many more.
 
Climate Emergency Rally, Saturday 5thDecember, London
12.00 pm Speakers Corner Hyde Park, before the Wave climate change march to Parliament. On the Saturday just before the start of the Copenhagen Climate Talks
 
Climate Emergency Bike Ride, Saturday 5th December, London
Assemble 10.00 am at Lincoln's Inn Fields on Dec 5th. Finishes at the Climate Emergency Rally.
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen - Public Meetings
If you are interested in organizing a Climate Emergency Copenhagen meeting you can download our support pack here /Climate%20Emergency%20Copenhagensupportpackfinal.doc Or please email us for more information at  info@campaigncc.org or call  0207 8339311
 
Age of Stupid Free Screening, with Panel Discussion - London 17th November
Campaign against Climate Change and Amnesty International Free Age of Stupid Screening
The Human Rights Action Centre, London 17th November. Followed by panel discussion including leading thinkers on Climate Change (line up TBC)
The event is FREE but optional donation of £5 is requested to cover costs of the screening. Please confirm your place here https://www.amnesty.org.uk/events?ID=1353
 
 
Update on meetings
 
Campaign against Climate Change meetings
Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road , N1 9DX (nearest tube Kings Cross). All welcome.
 
Next CCC London outreach meeting: Wednesday 4th November 2009 
 
Other Climate Actions
 
38 Degrees has a petition to Alistair Darling asking him to clean up RBS after billions of tax payers money has gone into the company, High Court recently ruled profits more important than Climate Change.
 
 
Climate Change in the News – UK
High Court Rules RBS profits more important than Climate Change, setting precedent.
 
John Prescott says local councils should be responsible for finding sites in their boroughs for Green Energy Power Plants.
 
Bestival and Lovebox Festivals to cut emissions by 10% for next events!
 
 
Copenhagen News
Artist to use public money in direct action art installations at Copenhagen
 
US President unlikely to make Copenhagen
 
 
Climate Change in the News  - International
China, worlds largest carbon polluter, and India, worlds 4th largest agree memorandum for co-operation on Climate Change issues, could be seen as a positive step from countries previously arguing over climate measures
 
Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases 

The EU has agreed that €100bn annually by 2020 is needed for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries – but not how much of this should come from the EU and its members. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8333885.stm

 

1 October 2009

 

Latest Campaign against Climate Change News 
CCC London Social tonight! Everybody welcome to join us for the monthly social drinks this Thursday 1st October 6.30pm Cross Kings pub, near Kings Cross See here for directions.
Plus 15th October is the next CCC monthly London / Outreach Meeting at 5 Caledonian Road, N1 1DX – this is the most crucial time to get involved and help build the campaign. Bring your ideas and plans to make the upcoming events and National Climate Rally on December 5th a huge success!
 

 

Upcoming CCC Events
Agrofuels Don’t ROC(k)! Demo at 6.30pm Monday October 12th outside Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 3 Whitehall Place, London
 
Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, Biofuelwatch, and Food Not Fuel (London).
October 12th is an international day of solidarity with Indigenous peoples and for "The Mobilization in Defense of Mother Earth and the Peoples".
 
The government is diverting renewable energy subsidies (or Renewable Obligations Certificates – ROCs) to subsidise power stations that use agrofuels. In Germany, nearly all of their 1,800 power plants are run on palm oil because providers cannot afford anything else.  Even burning rapeseed oil makes no sense because it causes more overall greenhouse gas emissions due to the fertilisers used and any new demand simply puts up vegetable oil prices making it even more profitable to convert primary forest to fuel crops.
 
 
 

 

The Great Climate Swoop - we are SWOOPING!! Join us for The Great Climate Swoop, 17th and 18th October 
The Swoop has been called to take action against coal – the key culprit of climate change. It has been called by Climate Camp and other Direct Action groups at the coal-fired power station at Ratcliffe-on-Soar near Nottingham. See here. Hundreds of activists and campaigners from all over the UK will converge on the power station at 1pm on Saturday 17th October.
 
Campaign against Climate Change will be joining the FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE bloc. This is a Direct Action demonstration that is not organised with the police so please note we cannot guarantee what the atmosphere of the demonstration will be like, or how things may turn out on the day. The mission of the bloc, though, will be to present our positive vision of a fossil-fuel-free future outside the power station gates. Those keen to do so may stay for the night outside the Power station, but you can also come just for the day. Efficient and renewable, this bloc will be a space to show the solutions - from bike powered sound systems to solar showers, come, conceive and create!
 
The Footsteps to the Future bloc will meet at Nottingham train station at 10am on the morning of Saturday 17th October to then go as one to the power station.
TEXT ALERTS - It’s really important you sign up to the text alerts now – see here.
For more info from CCC email info@campaigncc.org
 

 

Big ‘5’ for “350”, 24th October
350 is a global campaign based on the number 350 – what the scientists say is the safe upper limit for parts per million of C02 in the atmosphere. 350’s global day of action is coming up on October 24th, as part of this CCC are supporting The Bigger Picture: Festival of Interdependence organised by nef (the new economics foundation) at the Bargehouse on London’s Southbank. As well as running a workshop we will be coordinating everyone marking out a giant 5 for an aerial photograph which will join with photographs taken of people all over the world marking out the crucial number 350.
 
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen - London Public Forum, 7th November
Saturday November 7th, South Camden Community School, November 7th 12 -6 pm
Forum discussing why we need 10% cuts by the end of 2010, what are our chances of 1million green jobs by the end of 2010, the likely outcome of the Copenhagen talks in December and much more!
 
Speakers to include 
Aubrey Meyer (Global Commons Institute) Alexis Rowell (Camden Council)
Oliver Tickell (author Kyoto 2) Chris Baugh (Public and Commercial Services Union)
John Stewart (HACAN) Damian Carrington (Head of Environment, the Guardian)
Johann Hari (journalist) plus more speakers invited and TBA.
 
 

 

Campaign against Climate Change and Amnesty International Free Age of Stupid Screening
The Human Rights Action Centre, London 17th November. Followed by a panel discussion including leading thinkers on climate change (line up TBC).
The event is FREE but optional donation of £5 is requested to cover costs of the screening. Please confirm your place here
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/events?ID=1353
 
 

 

Climate Emergency Rally, Saturday December 5th
12.00 pm Speakers Corner Hyde Park, before the Wave climate change march to Parliament, on the Saturday just before the start of the Copenhagen Climate Talks
 

 

Demands:
10 % cuts by end 2010
One Million Green Jobs by end 2010

Ban Domestic Flights
55mph Speed Limit - scrap the roads program
End Agrofuel Use
 
Climate Emergency Bike Ride
Assemble 10.00 am at Lincoln's Inn Fields on Dec 5th. Finishes at the Climate Emergency Rally.
 
 

 

Climate Emergency Copenhagen - Public Meetings
If you are interested in organising a Climate Emergency Copenhagen meeting you can download our support pack here or please email us for more information at  info@campaigncc.org or call 0207 8339311
 
 

 

Global Day of Action on Climate December 12th 2009, ‘Euro Train’ to Copenhagen
The ‘Euro-Train’ will be taking people to Copenhagen for the weekend midway through the Talks, including a big demonstration on Saturday 12th, the Global Day of Action. A train leaves London approx 6am Friday 11th. Check for more info and availability of train tickets here copenhagen
 
 

 

Vestas Rally Report
September 17th 2009 saw the second Vestas National Day of Action. The highlight of the day was a lively rally at Ed Miliband's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which demonstrated that the fight to save the Vestas wind turbine factory and for green jobs goes on. The rally was organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, working with Wandsworth and Battersea Trades Council, with a variety of groups attending including the RMT Union and Workers' Climate Action. Speakers included John McDonnell MP (Labour, Hayes and Harlington), Darren Johnson (Green Party and Chair of the GLA), Jess Edwards (National Union of Teachers), Mark Flowers (Vestas worker), Tracy Edwards (Young Members Organiser for the Public and Commercial Services Union) and Lynda Taffe (Shop Stewards Network).
 
A hundred or so activists ensured that this rally was bigger than that on the previous National Day of Action. Full reportand videos here vestasdayofaction1709
 
 

 

New Campaign CC Video!
Mark Flowers, John McDonnell and Darren Johnson videos from recent Vestas Rally
http://portal.campaigncc.org/content/climate-emergency-interviews-vestas-rally
 
All Climate Emergency Copenhagen London event video’s now on our YouTube page (apologies for the delay!) http://www.youtube.com/campaigncc
 

 

Please share these videos with everyone you know, its important we reach out to as many people as possible to force action on Climate Change!
 

 

Other Climate Events

 

Power Shift 09
Organised by the UK Youth Climate Coalition, Power Shift is a four day event for young people by young people. With an exciting and packed agenda including workshops, actions and entertainment Power Shift will present fresh perspectives and common sense ideas to tackle the single biggest issue facing the youth of the world today. More info and how to book your place can be found here.
 
 

 

Climate Change News
 

 

Climate change in the news – UK
UK Government invites wave and tidal energy developers to bid for £22m in new grants designed to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy technologies
 
 

 

Gordon Brown has announced that he will attend the Copenhagen summit and urged other leaders to do likewise.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/20/gordon-brown-copenhage...
 
The Guardian reports that budget pressures mean investment in carbon capture and storage technology may be reduced.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/23/clean-coal-project-spending
 
At the Lib Dem conference, a motion has been passed for Lib Dem-run councils to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by next year. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/sep/22/lib-dems-commit-to-10-10
 
An IPPR report highlights public reluctance to adopt low-carbon lifestyles to tackle climate change. http://www.ippr.org.uk/pressreleases/?id=3724
 
More evidence that the economic case for Heathrow expansion is flawed.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/17/heathrow-third-runway-costs
 
 

 

Climate Change in the News - International
World leaders say the World biggest carbon polluter did not show enough commitment to action against Climate Change at recent G20 meeting in New York
 
The Copenhagen negotiating text has been released.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/28/copenhagen-climate-text
 
At the UN climate summit, China has pledged to curb carbon emissions but has not named a target. Obama offered no promises on pushing through legislation before Copenhagen.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/22/un-general-assembly-climate-change
 
Leaders of G20 nations meeting in Pittsburgh have agreed to phase out oil and gas subsidies in the medium term but set no firm timetable to do so.. http://www.carbonpositive.net/viewarticle..aspx?articleID=1678
 
European commission's president, José Manuel Barroso says rich states must pay up to save climate agreement. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/24/eu-jose-manuel-barroso-copenhagen
 
Global companies including British Airways, Shell and EDF have signed up to a call for action on climate change. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/22/ba-shell-bp-communique
 
Airlines have offered to halve carbon emissions by 2050.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/21/airlines-carbon-emissions-cut
 
 
 

 

Climate Change in the News - Science
The Met Office warns a 4C global temperature rise is possible by 2060.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/28/met-office-study-global-warming
The accelerating loss from the world's two great land-based ice sheets means a rise in sea levels is likely to happen even more quickly than expected. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/ancient-glaciers-are-disappearing-faster-than-ever-1792274.html 
 
The world's ocean surfaces had their warmest summer temperatures on record.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/16/ocean-temperature-el-nino-noaa

 

16 September 2009

Latest CCC News
 
Vestas National Day of Action
Start: 17 Sep 2009,
Where: Around the UK
 
September 17th 2009 will be the second Vestas National Day of Action. The first one was a big success and the second one will be even bigger.
Save Vestas Rally, London from 5.30pm at Department of Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW
 
Speakers include
John McDonnell MP (Labour, Hayes and Harlington)
Chris Baugh (Assistant Secretary, PCS)
Darren Johnson (Green Party and chair of the GLA)
Tracy Edwards (Young Members Organiser for the Public and Commercial Services Union).
At the same place there will also be a lobby at 12.30pm
Other events are taking place around the UK, see the full list on our website:
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen London Public Forum on Saturday, November 7th at South Camden Community School NW1, 12 -6 pm
For more details contact  info@campaigncc.org. For other Climate Emergency Copenhagen meetings see   climateemergencycopenhagen
 
The London Public Forum is part of a bigger program of events to highlight measures we feel the government should take to meet 10% reductions by 2010
We believe the emergency measures the government should take:
A million Green jobs - by the end of 2010, through a GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION  with massive investment in renewable energy, insulation programs, improved public transport etc...
10% cut  in emissions by the end of 2010
Ending domestic and short-haul flights - building a better train/coach network
55 mile an hour speed limit, ending the roads program, massive investment in public transport
Phase out agrofuels and illiminate the demand for products associated with rainforest destruction
Government information programme- massive campaign to inform the public of the scale of the climate threat - booklet in every home, regular TV info, etc..
 
There is now no such thing as a safe emissions reduction  target -  we simply need to decarbonise our economy as fast as humanly possible, with the whole of society acting together through government to make massive changes to our economy and infastructure within a very short time frame. If we  - and the rest of the world - fail to do this the consequences will be horrific. This is an emergency
 
 
If you are interested in organizing a Climate Emergency Copenhagen meeting you can download our support pack here Climate%20Emergency%20Copenhagensupportpackfinal.doc
Or please email us for more information at  info@campaigncc.org. or call 0207 8339311
 
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen
Some video highlights of July’s public event outside Houses of Parliament have been added to Campaign against Climate Change YouTube Channel here
http://www.youtube.com/campaigncc. We hope you’ll contribute your own thoughts either by recording a video and sharing it with us on YouTube, or posting a comment on our forum at http://portal.campaigncc.org/cep_intro
 
 
 
Update on meetings
 
Campaign against Climate Change meetings
Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road , basement meeting room. All welcome.
 
CCC London/outreach meeting is 15th October.
 
Campaign against Climate Change events
 
Agrofuels Don’t ROC(k)! Demo at 6.30pm Monday October 12th outside Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 3 Whitehall Place, London
Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, Biofuelwatch, and Food Not Fuel (London).
October 12th is an international day of solidarity with Indigenous peoples and for  "The Mobilization in Defense of Mother Earth and the Peoples". The government is diverting renewable energy subsidies (or Renewable Obligations Certificates – ROCs) to subsidise power stations that use ‘agrofuels’. While the UK's last but one factory producing wind turbines has closed and solar energy firms are struggling, vast "renewable energy" funding is going to agrofuels which actually make global warming much worse
More here /biofuels
 
Age of Stupid screening
Campaign against Climate Change in association with Amnesty International present a screening of the film The Age of Stupid at The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3EA. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers including Phil Thornhill, the Campaign’s National co-ordinator. Tickets are booked through the Amnesty International website: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events_details.asp?ID=1353
 
Other Climate Meetings
 
Email Gordon Brown, the UK needs to show major leadership in Copenhagen, part of Christian Aid Campaign
 
The anti-coal “Climate Swoop” 17th and 18th October
 
Climate Rush tour
 
 
Climate change in the news – UK
Spring will arrive a month earlier in 40 years' time thanks to the warming oceans around British Isles, new study predicts
 
Co-operative Company to bus supporters to Stop Climate Chaos Coalition protest in London on eve of Copenhagen
 
Royal Mail is the biggest organization to join 10:10 climate change campaign
 
Norman Borlaug, Humanitarian and Green campaigner dies at the age of 95
 
Richard Lambert CBI (Confederation of British Industry) chief meets manufacturers in the north-east to and suggests green energy development can help the North Eastern Economy.
 
A small step in the right direction toward banning domestic flights, the UK government want to tax increases to air travel to compensate for emissions, although only an extra £10
 
Where did they get this idea, major celebrities give their support for campaign to cut emissions 10% by 2010, launched at the Tate last Tuesday
 
 
 
Climate Change in the News - International
 
French President insists new tax on carbon emissions essential to France's development as a low-carbon economy
 
Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s New Prime Minister, seeks to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020
 
US Chamber of Commerces seeking an official public hearing to prove evidence of man-made global warming in effort to prevent carbon cutting measures
 
Disappearance of cod from the North Sea due to sea warming, and not over fishing!
 
David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, says recession and developing world growth may impede climate targets set in Copenhagen this year.
 
Another sign of Global Warming’s effect on melting sea ice, German ships now sail through once impenetrable sea ice in North East Passage along Russia Artic Coast to Siberia.
 
Interesting video from Greenpeace about changes in Ice levels in Northern Greenland

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/video-updates-arctic-sunrise-polar-expedition-20090902-0

3 September 2009

 

Thanks to Tim and Tim!
A big thanks to Tim Anderson and Tim Padmore for their recent help and support at CCC HQ. Tim Padmore really helped to reach out to local and student groups to promote the Copenhagen Climate Emergency, generating discussion regionally about what the government should be doing to cut emissions 10% by 2010. Tim Anderson was a great support in the office, fluid to the breach every time one appeared. They will both be hard to replace, contact info@campaigncc.org if you’d like to volunteer at the office!
 
 
Tim Anderson
 
 
Tim Padmore
 
We’re also welcoming Abi Edgar back to the office to fill the big gap left by Fiona. Abi is returning to the office after an over a year’s absence from an earlier volunteer stint, welcome back Abi! Here is an introductory note from her:
 
Hi everyone, I’m Abi and I’ll be working in the CCC office ‘til Christmas. I’m a former CCC Officer and I used to volunteer full-time in the office a few years back. I can’t wait to get stuck into mobilising for the Climate Emergency Meetings and Copenhagen, it’s going to be an exciting few months! You can reach me at the office or on mailto:abi.edgar@campaigncc.org so any questions or issues let me know. Cheers, Abi
 
 
A Public Meeting on Monday 7th September, in Conway Hall at 7.00pm.
Green Jobs and the Green Energy Revolution: is the government doing enough?
 
Speakers will include:
John McDonnell MP  (Labour, Hayes and Harlington)
Bob Crow (General Secretary of the RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers)
Tony Juniper (ex Director, Friends of the Earth, Green Party candidate)
Ann Pettifor (advisor Operation Noah, fellow New Economics Foundation )
Ian Terry (worker from the Vestas wind turbine factory)
Phil Thornhill (Campaign against Climate Change)
 
Building on the recent public support for Vestas (despite the lack of major government support!) Monday’s talk will highlight what the government need to do to support innovation and promotion of green jobs. John Prescott’s recent comments on local groups around the UK blocking planning applications for wind turbines will surely add to the debate whether the Government should intervene and push the applications through for the great good of the country.
 
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen
There’ve been some interesting contributions to the Online debate Climate Emergency Copenhagen on the CCC forum, here are some interesting thoughts.
 
Radfax posted a copy of a letter sent to Tony Blair encouraging a production shift to Hydrogen Fuelled cars to save the closing factory, not operating at much reduced size
 
Interesting discussion started by John Ackers, New Wind Power coming to South Coast?
 
Why not share what you think, contribute to the discussion here http://portal.campaigncc.org/forum/177
 
  
 
Campaign against Climate Change meetings
Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road , basement meeting room. All welcome.
 
CCC London outreach meeting is 15th September
 
 
Campaign against Climate Change events
 
Agrofuels Don’t rock demo   October 12th, against government subsidies for agrofuels see biofuels
 
Climate Emergency Copenhagen London Public Forum on Saturday, November 7th
For that and other Climate Emergency Copenhagen meetings see   climateemergencycopenhagen
 
 
Other Climate Meetings
 
The anti-coal “Climate Swoop” 17-18th October, more info here
 
Climate Rush tour
 
 
Climate change in the news – UK
 
The Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis, has argued that 'new transport technology' means that people will not have to reduce their travel to combat climate change. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/6059079/Lord-Adonis-no-need-to-cut-travel-to-save-the-planet-says-Transport-Secretary.html
 
John Prescott attacks people who block planning applications for wind turbines with the excuse ‘not in my backyard’
 
Department for the Environment recycles less than in average national household!
 
Synthetic trees could be used to capture carbon in the UK, more efficient than natural trees!
 
Christian Aid biofuels report tells how current biofuel production worsens climate change and causes other social and environment problems
 
 
Climate Camp News
 
Climate Camp Activitist launched clever protest outside European Climate Exchange https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/27/climate-camp-casino-exchange
 
 
Climate Change in the News - International
 
The world's response to global warming is a classic case of all mouth and no trousers. This new initiative aims to show that we can all act now - and achieve something significant
 
Danish City Aarhus is to decide in September whether to fund measure to make it carbon neutral by 2030
 
With less than 100 days to go to Copenhagen talks debate is starting between the nations, the US wants carbon emissions linked to population size with protest from India whose population is set to rise dramtically.
 
The Australian Government’s carbon trading scheme has been voted down https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/aug/14/australia-greens-coalition-environment-emissions
Australia renewable energy
 
Greenpeace
 
Climate Scientists claim dealing with the effects of climate change will cost the world £300 Billion
 
The Guardian highlights the devastating impact that rising sea levels could have on Egypt’s Nile Delta https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/21/climate-change-nile-flooding-farming
 
US Oil Industry to fund staged events in opposition to climate and energy reform
 
Fossil fuel lobbyists are fiercely fighting US attempts to make the world's dirtiest power sector pay for its carbon emissions
 
Yvo de Boer says process too slow to reach deal at close of meeting in Bonn to lay foundations for Copenhagen Deal

 

8 August 2009

Climate Emergency Copenhagen - Public Meetings

It is becoming increasingly clear that the effects of climate change are even more rapid and dangerous than was predicted by the IPCC 2007 report (see climate_emergency and http://www.climatesafety.org).  The UK government needs to go to the negotiations in Copenhagen prepared for urgent and effective action - and match that with domestic measures that are appropriate for this Climate Emergency.
 
This autumn, the Campaign against Climate Change will be raising awareness of the Climate Emergency through a series of public meetings around the country.  These will help move the political agenda forwards by discussing what concrete emergency measures are needed.  They will also encourage local mobilisation for the demonstrations in London on 5 December and in Copenhagen itself.
 
The meetings are expected to take place in October and early November.  If you are interested in finding out more about organising one, requesting speakers etc., email info@campaigncc.org for more information (this doesn’t commit you to anything!).
 
Vestas demonstrations
 
Michael MeacherThe occupation at the Vestas plant on the Isle of Wight has now ended, but has achieved massive media publicity (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/vestas), and the campaign goes on, both in relation to Vestas and on the wider issues of green jobs and  renewable energy.  The Campaign against Climate Change has been busy, with three rallies organised in London in just over two weeks. Speakers included Michael Meacher (pictured braving the rain on Thursday night), Jean Lambert, Simon Hughes, GLA members and trade union leaders. Read more at campaigncc.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Campaign against Climate Change meetings
Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road , basement meeting room. All welcome.
 
Tuesday 18 August – UK Outreach meeting
 
Campaign events
 
Climate Camp in Wales 13-16 August https://asiafurniture.net/
Climate Camp in England  27 August - 3 September https://www2.ifch.unicamp.br/actions/london-2009
 
Next Wednesday, 12 August, has been declared a national day of solidarity with Vestas workers. See https://savevestas.wordpress.com/ and campaigncc.org for updates on this.
 
Climate change in the news – UK
 
During the first Climate Camp in Scotland on a planned open cast coal site https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/06/mainshill-coal-protest protesters have sabotaged a coal conveyor belt from one of Scotland’s largest open-cast mines. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/06/mainshill-coal-protest
 
The Environmental Audit Committee has found that Government departments are not on track to meet targets for cutting their own emissions, particularly from offices. https://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environmental_audit_committee/eapn050809.cfm
 
A government plan to introduce a high-speed rail network across the UK has the backing of other parties. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/5978306/Parties-unite-to-back-high-speed-rail.html
 
The Guardian discusses the impact of high-speed rail networks in other countries https://www.theguardian.com/world/rail-transport
 
The Big Green Gathering has been cancelled at the last minute, blocked by Somerset County Council.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/aug/03/green-activism-police-licence
 
Climate change in the news – International
 
The chief economist at the International Energy Agency has warned that oil supplies are running out faster than predicted.  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/warning-oil-supplies-are-running-out-fast-1766585.html  Meanwhile a new report from Greenpeace predicts that efficiency measures will make extraction from sources such as tar sands less profitable https://storage.googleapis.com/gpuk-archive/blog/climate/greenpeace-report-reckons-weve-hit-peak-oil-20090728.html
 
India has set out an ambitious solar energy programme and is seeking financial support from developed nations. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/04/india-solar-power
 
The world’s first demonstration of carbon capture and storage in Germany has been halted by local opposition. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jul/29/germany-carbon-capture
 
In the US forests are still being cleared and whole mountain-tops blown up to extract coal, in what is seen as a test of Obama’s green credentials. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/aug/04/mountaintop-mining
 
Following a Greenpeace campaign, major shoe companies have now have now committed to avoiding leather that is implicated in Amazon destruction.
 
Climate change in the news – Science
 
 
A new study suggests that warming oceans could result in less cloud cover and positive feedback. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jul/23/cloud-cover-oceans-global-warming

23 July 2009

Climate Emergency Parliament starts the debate

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A lively and inspiring Climate Emergency Parliament convened at Old Palace Yard in the shadow of the House of Commons, in spite of the intermittent downpours of rain.

Lucy Wills as ‘Queen of Green’ and a bewigged Nick Hutton as "speaker" provided a bit of wacky spectacle, at the start, to grab everyone’s attention. But the speeches and discussion thereafter were at the cutting edge in defining the way forward in the fight to prevent catastrophic climate change. All this despite the rain and the slightly surreal ambience.

Read more at climateemergencyparliament

We also handed in a letter to Ed Miliband: climateemergencyletter, and a letter was delivered to every MP in the UK after the event.

Vestas latest

Workers at the Vestas Wind Turbine factory on the Isle of Wight occupied their factory on Monday night. One of only two manufacturers of wind turbines in the UK, Vestas are closing their factories in the UK, making 600 workers unemployed, despite the fact that we're supposed to be expanding our renewables capacity.

With only two days’ notice, Campaign against Climate Change supporters mobilised about 200 people who gathered outside the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) offices on Wednesday night, calling for the government to step in to keep production going and for a green energy revolution built on action, not empty promises.

After some inspiring speeches by Darren Johnson (GLA) and Simon Hughes (Lib Dem shadow Secretary of State for DECC) and messages of support from UNISON and PCS and the crowd, we spelt out the words ‘SAVE VESTAS’ on the street in front of DECC. This must have looked impressive to the DECC employees looking out of their windows, and it gave us a unique street-level perspective of London! vestasdemo

The Campaign against Climate Change has organised a meeting this Friday, 6pm at ULU Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY. http://cacctu.wordpress.com/ You can help support the campaign:

- Write to your MP and ask them to write to Lord Mandelson to ask him to save the plant, and also to sign the Early Day Motion against the closure. http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=39150

- Email Lord Mandelson directly from the Friends of the Earth website http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/vestas_petition_20414.html

- Sign the petition on the Number 10 website http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/SaveVestas

- Send messages of support to savevestas@gmail.com.

Latest news at: http://savevestas.wordpress.com/ and on our Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/campaigncc

Goodbye to Fiona from the CCC office

“I’m leaving the campaign at the end of July and moving to Stop Climate Chaos, where I’ll be doing my best to get the big organisations to mobilise their members for the 5th December march. I’ve loved working with the amazing and dedicated volunteers at CCC and will so miss working with the lovely people who give up so much of their time & energy to the campaign. But I look forward to mobilizing for the march from a different perspective with Stop Climate Chaos and I’m definitely not disappearing from the climate ‘scene’ so I’ll see you around at demos and actions I’m sure!”

Campaign actions

There will be three UK Climate Camps up this summer: 3-10 August in Scotland (http://climatecampscotland.org.uk/), 13-16 August in Wales (http://climatecampcymru.org/) and 27 August - 3 September in England (http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/node/551)

Email Obama and Gordon Brown asking them to attend Copenhagen in person http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/Countdown-to-Copenhagen-climate-change/tell-brown-obama-to-attend-copenhagen-climate-change-summit.aspx

A quick petition from Friends of the Earth calling for a fair and effective deal at Copenhagen - with over 10,000 signatures already. http://www.foe.co.uk/climatetalks/petition.html

Amnesty are asking people to email the new Shell CEO telling him to clean up the Niger Delta http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=618

Campaign against Climate Change meetings

Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road, basement meeting room. All welcome.

Friday 24 July – Vestas meeting (Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group), ULU Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Wednesday 29 July, 7pm – London meeting, Agrofuels: The Miracle of Creative Carbon Accounting!

A talk by Deepak Rugani from Biofuelwatch, venue Camden Town Hall

“Euro-Train” to Copenhagen

All special deal seats now sold – watch this space for more news

Campaign updates

Image On Saturday 4th July, activists from the Campaign against Climate Change joined more than a thousand people surrounding Kingsnorth power station in Kent to demand "No New Coal".

Climate change in the news – UK

The government has published the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan which sets out how they plan to cut emissions by 34% of 1990 levels by 2020, along with two other documents: a renewable energy strategy and a low carbon industrial strategy.

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/publications/lc_trans_plan/lc_trans_plan.aspx

Responses:

Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/low-carbon_strategy_15072009.html

Mark Lynas http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/jul/15/miliband-low-carbon-emissions

And Ed Miliband pledges that mass air travel will continue. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jul/13/miliband-air-travel-emissions

 

Climate change in the news – International

The G8 have agreed that the global temperature rise should be limited to 2 degrees – but not how this should be achieved.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8142825.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/08/g8-climate-carbon-emission-targets

Meanwhile, activists were busy at coal-fired power stations.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/coal-climate-G8-action090709

New study shows thinning of Arctic sea ice as well as reduction in area.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jul/08/arctic-ice-ocean

Analysis of the carbon trading system finds it to be increasingly irrelevant http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jul/20/carbon-emissions-trading-system-sandbag

Los Angeles is to end the use of electricity made from coal by 2020, replacing it with power from renewable energy

http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-GreenBusiness/idUSTRE56165X20090702

Opposition to Barack Obama’s Climate Change Bill has caused a delay until September.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/09/congress-climate-change

3 July 2009

“Euro-Train” to Copenhagen

The Campaign against Climate Change is teaming up with "Climate et Justice Sociale" in Belgium to organise a "Euro-train" to Copenhagen for the weekend midway trough the Climate Talks (12th-13th December).  This will be a great opportunity to join campaigners from other countries in Europe and take our message direct to the negotiators at the big Copenhagen demo on the Global Day of Action on 12th December. And we hope to use the train itself as a 'campaigning tool' to demonstrate to governments and  the media how much people care about a good result coming out of the Talks.

Special Offer

There are a limited number of cheap return tickets on this special train to Copenhagen  See the CCC website for details and book now to avoid disappointment! copenhagen

Campaign against Climate Change summer travels

Fiona, our campaigner, has been taking the campaign from the Bonn Climate Talks to Glastonbury festival:

“I visited Bonn for the mid-weekend of the UN climate talks preparing for Copenhagen .  We hoped for strong commitments by developed countries to 40% emissions reductions by 2020 and to funding for emission reductions in poorer countries.  Instead we saw developed countries look to private sector investment to finance emission reductions in poorer countries, and weak 2020 targets such as Japan ’s plan for an 8% emissions reduction – only 2% more than its Kyoto commitment!

There was a large group of youth activists organising constant actions to keep the pressure on the politicians. I took part in the aerial photo action which, after lying on wet grass in drizzle for 45 minutes, I was pleased to see looked pretty impressive! (see large picture here https://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/3603314850/sizes/l/)

The campaigning continues and there was a lot of interest in the Global Day of Action as a way of involving those around the world that can’t be in Copenhagen in December.

Back in London we had a great talk from Tom Picken, Climate Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, who reminded us that governments are moving ridiculously slowly, inspiring us to keep the pressure up and make sure they achieve as much as they possibly can in Copenhagen and beyond.

Then I was off to Glastonbury with Kate to promote the campaign with UK activists. Based at the speaker’s forum in the green fields, we spread the word about the climate emergency parliament and got a long list of people signed up to the campaign.”

Meanwhile National Coordinator Phil was off to Copenhagen :

“ Copenhagen is rapidly becoming like a second home, as this June saw my third trip.  The Campaign against Climate Change has been deeply involved in making sure the best and biggest possible event gets organized for the Global day of Action on 12th December in Copenhagen .  We have been working together with the Danish Climate Movement and others.  It’s not all been smooth going because not everyone has been as quick off the ball as we’d really like, but things seem to be coming together now for a really good day on the 12th.

There will be a “Flood for Climate Justice” organized by Friends of the Earth International in the city centre in the morning and then a march to the Conference Centre and an event there (see http://www.12dec09.dk/) – followed by partying (if you fancy!) with fellow activists in the evening. On the Sunday there will be a special ecumenical service and also a Direct Action against a producer of carbon pollution and climate chaos.  Take your pick!  Or maybe check out the workshops at The Klima Forum (all weekend).  The Direct Action will be organized by the new international Direct Action Network “Climate Justice Now’, which is also organising a big protest later in the final week of the COP.

We hope to see a really big, colourful and lively event on the 12th in Copenhagen that will be the lynchpin of a massive global protest with demonstrations, actions and events happening all around the world.  Take the Euro-train (or some other form of travel) and make sure you are a part of it!”

Campaign against Climate Change meetings

Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road , basement meeting room. All welcome.

Tuesday 7 July – International Outreach Working Group meeting

Tuesday 21 July – UK Outreach Working Group meeting

Wednesday 22 July - Fundraising Working Group meeting

Saturday 4 July – ‘Mili-band’ at Kingsnorth

Don’t forget the giant human band (or 'mili-band') around Kingsnorth, followed by a summer fete, complete with stalls, music, and plenty for the children.  A group of CCC activists are travelling together to Rochester for the Mili-Band demonstration on July 4th. We’ll meet at the front of platform 5 in Victoria Station at approximately 9:15 am.  More info at kingsnorth

Email actions

The World Development Movement, PLATFORM and People & Planet are taking legal action against the Treasury for allowing public money to be invested through the Royal Bank of Scotland in projects linked to climate change and human rights violations. https://www.globaljustice.org.uk//news/RBSlegalchallenge30062009.htm

Email Alistair Darling http://www.worlddevelopmentmovement.org/action/royalbankofscotland.php

The European Commission is spending 5.1 million Euros on research into agrofuel use in aviation.  The quantity of these fuels that would be required for commercial use would carry serious potential climate change risks.  To sign a letter to the European Commission on this issue, please go to https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/

Email Lord Mandelson, asking him to stop the closure of England 's only large-scale wind turbine manufacturing plant in Newport , Isle of Wight. https://friendsoftheearth.uk/issues

Climate change in the news – UK

UK government publishes its ‘roadmap to Copenhagen’, stressing the need for binding targets for developed countries to cut emissions by 80% by 2050, and a global fund to help developing countries cope with climate change.  A strategy for cutting UK emissions will follow later this summer. http://www.actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk/en/ambition/road-to-copenhagen/

The Scottish government has set a statutory target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 (including international aviation and shipping), with an interim target of at least 34%by 2020, or 42% if the EU commits to a 30% target. https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/climatechange/scotlands-action/ScottishBill/

A report from the Environmental Audit Select Committee sets out what the UK should do to reduce deforestation, the third largest global source of greenhouse gas emissions. https://www.parliament.uk/

This follows their previous report on rising emissions from international shipping: http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=56712

Protestors disrupt biofuels Mayfair summit. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/protestors-disrupt-biofuels-mayfair-summit-6790238.html

The Drax coal train protesters make their case in court. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jul/01/drax-protesters-climate-change-jury

Climate change in the news – International

Obama’s climate bill has passed through the House of Representatives but now faces a tougher test in the Senate. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cap-and-trade-faces-uphill-climb-in-senate

NASA scientist James Hansen has been arrested in a coal protest. https://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/hansen-of-nasa-arrested-in-coal-country/?em

India’s environment minister has said that India will not accept binding emissions targets. https://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINDEL51647320090630?sp=true

Climate change in the news – Science

Official predictions have been published for how climate change will affect the UK

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jun/18/climate-change-report

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climatechange/guide/ukcp/

A report sets out the impact climate change is having on the Alps – flooding in the north and water shortages in the south. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/climate-change-divides-the-alps-down-the-middle-1706028.html

 

18 June 2009

Climate Emergency Parliament – developments!

 

Our Climate Emergency Parliament event on Wednesday 15 July is shaping up nicely!

 

It will now be held in Old Palace Yard, opposite parliament at 6pm, and will come up with plans for “10 by 10” (a reduction of 10% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2010).

 

Confirmed speakers are:

Colin Challen MP,

Darren Johnson (Chair of the London Assembly – Green Party),

John Stewart (Chair, Airport Watch),

Tim Helweg-Larsen (Director, Public Interest Research Centre),

Tamsin Omond (Climate Rush) and

Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union)

Possibly more to be announced nearer the time.

We will have a pedal-powered PA system and we’ll be grateful to anyone willing to lend us their legs on the day!

At the end we are planning on delivering a letter to 10 Downing Street.

Don’t forget that you can join in the Online Emergency Parliament at http://sites/data/onlineemergencyparliament

 

Campaign against Climate Change meetings and other events (London-based)

 

Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road, basement meeting room. All welcome.

Tuesday 23 June – Fundraising Working Group meeting

Monday 29th June – Banner making session for Climate Emergency Parliament, Limehouse Town Hall (directions here: www.limehousetownhall.org.uk/getting_to_lth),

We’ll be there from 5-10pm, please join us for however long you can spare! (although if it’s after 8:30-9:00pm, give us a ring to check how long we’ll be there for – 07903 316 331)

Thursday 2nd July – CCC social at the Cross Kings Pub, York Way, (http://www.thecrosskings.co.uk/) from 6.30pm. Following the success of the first social evening we’ve decided to do it again! New and old faces are welcome.

Tuesday 7 July – International Outreach Working Group meeting

Tuesday 21 July – UK Outreach Working Group meeting

Other events

Saturday 4 July – Join the ‘Mili-band’ at Kingsnorth

The plan for the day is to form a giant human band (or ‘mili-band’) with thousands of people around Kingsnorth, where E.ON is planning to build the first new coal power station in the UK since the 1970s. Afterwards there’ll be a summer fete, complete with stalls, music, and plenty for the children. There will be free coaches to Kent from Oxford, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Coventry.  Find out more about the arrangements here: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/campaign/climate_change/miliband/miliband.html

A group of CCC activists are travelling together to Rochester for the Mili-Band demonstration on July 4th. We’ll meet at Victoria Station at approximately 9:15 am.

 

Campaign updates

 

The new Campaign against Climate Change website is coming soon, watch this space!

You can also follow us on Twitter – www.twitter.com/campaigncc

 

E-mail actions

 

The Campaign for Better Transport is fighting to bring train fares down. E-mail Ed Miliband and see a video here: https://bettertransport.org.uk/train-fares

Join Friends of the Earth International in demanding serious action at Copenhagen, including a 40% cut in greenhouse gases by 2020 and no carbon offsetting: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change?origin=d7

Lydd airport expansion has been approved, read more info and find out how to e-mail write to the Government Office of the South East here: http://lyddairport-noexpansion.co.uk/

 

 

Climate change in the news – UK

Tougher action needed to cut greenhouse gases ahead of UK report https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/tougher-action-needed-to-cut-greenhouse-gases-1708108.html

Carbon capture plans threaten shutdown of all UK coal-fired power stations https://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/jun/17/coal-power-stations-face-shutdown

Global warming to push London temperatures up to 105F https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/globalwarming/5469353/Global-warming-to-push-London-temperatures-up-to-105F.html

Manchester’s manure to create biogas for residents https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE55E1BP20090615

 

Climate change in the news – International

 

U.S. Accused of Slowing Progress at Bonn Climate Talks http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2009/2009-06-16-03.asp

Bonn climate talks – raining on the climate parade https://grist.org/article/2009-06-17-bonn-climate-japan-aso/

Todd Stern to press China on climate change in run-up to Copenhagen ttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article6452183.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093

Greenhouse Gases Continue to Rise Despite Economic Slump http://ecopolitology.org/2009/06/07/greenhouse-gases-continue-to-rise-despite-economic-slump/

France moves to bring in carbon tax by 2011 https://grist.org/article/2009-06-11-france-carbon-tax-2011/

What kind of climate deal can emerge in Copenhagen? https://grist.org/article/2009-06-15-copenhagen-deal/

UN warns of ‘megadisasters’ linked to climate change https://grist.org/article/2009-06-17-un-megadisasters-climate/

3 June 2009

Reminder – remember to vote in the elections on Thursday!

The Climate Emergency Parliament goes online!

Emergency Parliament logoThe Climate Emergency Parliament will be held in Parliament Square on Wednesday 15 July at 6pm, and will come up with plans for “10 by 10” (a reduction of 10% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2010).

What will be the most effective means of doing this?  We have some ideas, but we want to hear what you think.  The most convincing will be part of a strategy submitted to Parliament itself, challenging MPs who are failing to respond to the Climate Emergency.

Join in the debate at onlineemergencyparliament and of course come along on the day!

We have a couple of specific requests for help:

1) To make a strong case on how emissions can be cut by 10% by 2010, we need the relevant facts and figures, so we need someone to do internet research to find out what information is already out there.

2) We have a good line-up of speakers already for the Emergency Parliament, but are looking to have some dramatic entertainment as well and would like to hear from anyone who could help.

If you think you might be able to help with either of these, contact info@campaigncc.org

Campaign against Climate Change meetings (London-based)

Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road, basement meeting room. All welcome.

Wednesday 10 June - UK Outreach Working Group meeting

Tuesday 16 June, 7pm - London meeting

Copenhagen: What to expect

Tom Picken, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, will talk about how the negotiations are looking in the run up to the critical UN climate talks in Copenhagen.  This will include the results from the UNFCCC talks in progress at the moment, the EU elections this Thursday and the recent US climate bill.

This is also a chance to find out what’s happening with plans for mass travel to Copenhagen for the 12 December.  Venue to be confirmed

Tuesday 23 June – Fundraising Working Group meeting

Tuesday 7 July – International Outreach Working Group meeting

Other events

Saturday 4 July – Join the ‘Mili-band’ at Kingsnorth

The plan for the day is to form a giant human band (or 'mili-band') with thousands of people around Kingsnorth, where E.ON is planning to build the first new coal power station in the UK since the 1970s. Afterwards there'll be a summer fete, complete with stalls, music, and plenty for the children. There will be free coaches to Kent from Oxford, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and Coventry.  Find out more about the arrangements here: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/our-campaigns/grow

Campaign updates

There is strong parliamentary support for an Early Day Motion calling for a target of 42% emissions cuts by 2020, without off-setting (the current interim target is 34%, with offsetting).  Over 100 Labour MPs, including the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, the Liberal Democrat Party and key Conservatives have signed the motion.  Find out whether your MP has signed here: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37945&SESSION=899

In April, councillors from Leeds City Council took the brave step of refusing to approve a planning application for airport expansion.  They told Leeds Bradford Airport to go back to the drawing board and come up with solutions to the following major problems: increased carbon dioxide emissions from a 70% growth in passengers in three years, more noise for local residents as flight numbers increase, massive congestion and emissions from an extra million cars on local roads each year.

The airport has failed to come up with solutions, so it is now time for the councillors to finally refuse the planning application.

Go to https://friendsoftheearth.uk/issues and ask the councillors to refuse the application.

Climate change in the news – UK

The Scottish Climate Change Bill is not good enough warns a green coalition https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/news/display.var.2510063.0.Climate_change_bill_not_good_enough_warns_green_coalition.php

The London Array, the world's largest offshore wind farm, is to be built off the Essex and Kent coast. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/naturalresources/

BAA asks for the postponement of a planning inquiry into a second runway at Stansted. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/may/21/baa-seeks-stansted-inquiry-delay

Film about the Kingsnorth Six: https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/atimecomes-video?utm_source=ebulletin20090601&utm_medium=email&utm_term=kingsnorth&utm_campaign=coal

Climate change in the news - International

Crucial talks are taking place in Bonn as the UN forum takes its first look at a draft text for the Copenhagen negotiations. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ggoFhjnwmL2p3X_MjHfSQwfc_ZfA

China has called on rich countries to cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2020. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/leaders-called-to-special-climate-talks-1693495.html

African environment ministers ended a meeting in Kenya on Friday by adopting a Nairobi Declaration, a major milestone on the road for combating climate change on the continent.  http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hHqfnaYBRfjUiZHMs44qS4D_Stjg

A report from the Global Humanitarian Forum, set up by Kofi Annan, the former head of the United Nations, estimates that climate change is already killing 300,000 a year. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/climatechange/5406487/Climate-change-kills-300000-every-year.html

Environmental and industry groups state that concentrated solar power could generate a quarter of the world's energy. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/26/solarpower-renewableenergy

The World Business Summit on Climate Change was criticised for not calling for stronger targets and for being ‘hijacked by polluters’. https://www.reuters.com/finance

Obama unveils plans to regulate vehicle emissions from 2012 with exhaust standards that match those sought for years by California and a handful of other states. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-opens-new-front-in-climate-change-battle-1687788.html

 

20 May 2009

Campaign against Climate Change is now on Twitter!
Follow us on: https://twitter.com/campaigncc

Climate Emergency Parliament
Parliament Square, Wednesday 15 July at 6pm

Our current parliament is failing to respond the Climate Emergency.   We will convene an alternative parliament to respond with the degree of urgency required.

Come to the People's Parliament! 
Hear about what we could be doing in the UK right now to avert climate catastrophe,  and bring your own ideas!  Long-term targets will never be met while current decisions on spending take place in a political context of ‘business as usual’.

So, the Bills before our Parliament will include:
10% reductions in UK Greenhouse gases by the end of 2010
A million Green Jobs and emergency insulation program
Banning all domestic flights by the end of 2010
A 55 mph national speed limit
Halving (on average) the cost of public transport and terminating the roads program

Agree? Or not?  Come and join the debate.

There will be a planning meeting for this event on 1 June (see below)

Other Campaign against Climate Change events (London-based)
Unless otherwise specified, meetings start at 6.30pm, 5 Caledonian Road, basement meeting room.

Thursday 28 May - CCC social at the Cross Kings Pub, York Way, (http://www.thecrosskings.co.uk/) from 6pm

Monday 1 June - Planning meeting for Climate Emergency Parliament

Tuesday 2 June - International Outreach Working Group meeting

Thursday 4 June - Our Age of Stupid screening is now fully booked. But we’re hoping to hold another screening in June as well – watch this space! 

Wednesday 10 June - UK Outreach Working Group meeting

Tuesday 16 June - Copenhagen: What to expect
Tom Picken, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner will talk about how the negotiations are looking in the run up to the critical UN climate talks in Copenhagen, particularly considering the early June UNFCCC talks, the EU elections and the recent US climate bill.
We’ll also tell you what we know about plans for mass travel to Copenhagen for the 12 December.  
Venue to be confirmed

Other events

Monday 1 June - Climate Rush bike ride through London.
https://climaterush.co.uk/whatnext.html

Thursday 4 June - EU Elections

Campaign updates

The Euroflashmob last weekend at Heathrow is reported here on the Sky News website: https://news.sky.com/story/693549/heathrow-airport-activists-in-euroflashmob

Early Day Motion 123 in support of the DESERTEC concept (concentrated solar power) has now attracted 162 votes from MPs. This puts it at rank 28 amongst 1614 EDMs, and it continues to move up the rankings.  You can see if your MP has signed up here: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=37115&SESSION=899
If you haven’t yet written to your MP you can do so (and find out more) via www.trec-uk.org.uk/EDM123).

Email actions

The government is set to publish its renewable energy strategy in June 2009.  Friends of the Earth are asking people to contact their MP to urge a radical strategy to deliver the change needed. https://friendsoftheearth.uk/issues

You can sign the petition against the closure of Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight here: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/WindEnergyJobs/

Jeroen van der Veer, Shell's Chief Executive, will retire this summer.  Friends of the Earth and the ShellGuilty campaign are calling on him to leave a positive legacy and finally end gas flaring in Nigeria.
https://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/fair_future/press_for_change/end_gas_flaring_20145.html?ic_number=1611610&m_sourcecode=ER0711ONLI&product=RIGHTSONLINE

Join the Youth Delegation to Copenhagen

Young people (18-26) are wanted who are passionate, enthusiastic and motivated to make a difference and bring about positive change.  You can apply to be one of 20 young people making up the delegation who will go to the conference in Copenhagen, along with an outreach team who will mobilise young people here in the UK.  For more information and the details on how to apply go to http://delegation.ukycc.org/   The deadline for applications is coming up soon - 6pm on Friday 22 May.

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/news/renewable_energy_19992

Climate change in the news – UK

A village in Stirlingshire which commissioned and bought an extra wind turbine from a local windfarm has earned £140,000, spent on village energy efficiency schemes
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/10/windpower-energy

Every home in the UK must be fitted with a "smart meter" by 2020 to reduce energy use
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/11/smart-meters-gas-electricity

One in three government buildings has the lowest energy efficiency rating. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/17/energy-efficiency-government-buildings-carbon

Climate change in the news – International

In the US, a deal has been reached on climate change legislation, changing the target from 20% to 17% emissions reduction by 2020, along with other compromises.  The Bill still has to go before the full House of Representatives.
http://www.energyefficiencynews.com/i/2090/
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gELwywL8hgD45zn2RamnEisxchGg
The Guardian reports on massive public lobbying by energy companies and the key Democrat politicians involved https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/12/us-climate-change-bill-democrats

As part of the EU financial recovery plan, €565 million is allocated to offshore wind energy farms, €1 billion to carbon capture and storage demonstration plants, and a massive €2.5 billion to the oil and gas industries. https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/parliament-approves-4-billion-energy-projects/

Ghent in Belgium is the first town in Europe to try to make the entire place vegetarian for a day every week.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/13/ghent-belgium-vegetarian-day

Climate change in the news – Science

A study by the University College London, published in the Lancet concludes that climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/climatechange/5319659/Doctors-warn-of-risks-of-climate-change-for-the-first-time.html

The World Oceans Conference in Indonesia calls for oceans and coastal areas to be on the agenda at Copenhagen and highlights the impact of rising acidity levels
http://www.ipsnews.net/redir.php?idnews=46869

5 May 2009

5 May 2009

Full solutions not half solutions - Demonstration calls for no new coal without 100% CCS

Coal-demo

The government’s decision to ban new unabated coal-fired power stations is an important move, but building new coal-fired power stations without 100% carbon capture or storage (CCS) means that the four planned power stations with 20-25% CCS would emit up to 275m tonnes of CO2 in total even if they are successfully upgraded to 100% after 15 years.

The Campaign against Climate Change held a demonstration outside Downing Street on Thursday, congratulating the government on banning unabated coal but demanding that they go the whole way and ban new coal without 100% CCS

Actions and dates for your diary

Campaign against Climate Change events

Monday 18 May - CCC London meeting

Zero Carbon and fast! Real solutions to the Climate Emergency

Tim Helweg-Larsen from the Public Interest Research Centre outlines solutions that are adapted to the real scale of the Climate Emergency we face. Not the scale that the government would like, or that it is more politically acceptable to be addressing. There is a huge gap between the science and the politics of climate change but Tim will show that we can cross that gap, face up to the true scale of the crisis – and still beat it!

Venue tbc.  See /local.shtml London section for latest details.

Thursday 4 June - Age of Stupid screening

Campaign against Climate Change is hosting an indie screening of the Age of Stupid, so if you missed it in the cinema, now’s your chance.  The venue is Housmans bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd N1 9DX.  To cover the cost of the licence, we’re charging £5, but this includes a free glass of wine/ juice.  All are welcome, but particularly new faces, so bring your friends!  Space is limited though, so please e-mail anton@campaigncc.org to reserve a seat.

If you’d like to put on your own screening of Age of Stupid as a local event, you’ll find all the information you need to do it here: http://www.indiescreenings.net/

Working group meetings:

All start at 6.30pm, in basement meeting room of 5 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DX.

Tuesday 5 May - International outreach meeting

Tuesday 12 May - CCC UK outreach meeting

Tuesday 19 May - Fundraising meeting

Other organisations’ events

Tuesday 5 May - Rally and lobby of Parliament for a publicly owned people’s railway as part of a green jobs programme. http://www.rmt.org.uk/peoplesrailway

Wednesday 6 May, 6.30-8pm - Public debate with European Parliamentary Candidates from the Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative Parties, organised by North London World Development Movement. Council Chamber, Camden Town Hall, Judd St, WC1H 9JE. For more information, email vpasteur@yahoo.com

Saturday 16 May - Eurovision flashmob in Terminal 5 – simultaneous with several others throughout Europe! http://t5flashmob.wordpress.com/

Monday 1 June - Climate Rush bike ride through London. http://www.climaterush.co.uk/whatnext.html

Online actions

Remember - make sure you’re registered to vote for the European Parliament elections and English county council elections on 4 June. http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/

Email candidates in your area asking them to curb the power of corporate lobbyists in the EU (click on ‘Choose your candidate’) http://www.electioncampaign.eu/

Ask your MP to support the Carbon Reduction Fund http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/low_carbon_transport_19276.html

Ask world leaders to personally attend the Copenhagen summit http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change/take_action/leaders-go-to-copenhagen-climate-summit

Climate change in the news – UK

Announcements from the Budget:

  • A "legally binding" target: to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent with respect to 1990 levels by 2020
  • £525m for offshore wind projects
  • £45m to small-scale (house- or housing development-sized) renewables
  • £25m to community heating schemes
  • £65m in loans to public sector organisations for improving energy efficiency
  • £100m for improving insulation in social housing schemes
  • In addition, the government has induced the European Investment Bank to put £4bn of new capital into UK renewable projects.

But:

  • Incentives to remove more oil and gas from the North Sea
  • A £2000 grant for people trading in their old car for a new one to prop up the car industry.

Full speech: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/bud_bud09_speech.htm

The government has announced that no new coal-fired power stations will be built in Britain from now on unless they capture and bury at least 25% of greenhouse gases immediately and 100% by 2025. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/23/clean-coal-energy-policy

The Sustainable Development Commission finds UK government department operations will not meet carbon cuts target of 12.5% by 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/01/government-failing-emissions-targets

Britain’s only UK wind-turbine factory is to close as the Danish company Vestas cuts jobs, blaming ‘nimbyism’ for the UK’s failure to exploit its natural resources of renewable energy. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/apr/28/vestas-wind-turbine-factory-close

(NB you can support local wind farm proposals here: http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/index.html)

Meanwhile, a wind farm in Cumbria is to be replaced by a nuclear power station. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/28/haverigg-turbines-nuclear-power-plant

A letter signed by the chief executives of some leading UK companies states that they do not think the business case for the expansion of Heathrow has been made. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article6215896.ece

The decision on expanding Leeds-Bradford airport has been put on hold by the council in the face of local protests. http://www.leedstidal.org/nolbaexpansion/

A new UK-funded research study focuses attention on the acidification of the oceans associated with higher CO2 levels. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8021459.stm

Activists from Climate Rush glue themselves around a statue at Parliament. http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Politics/Climate-Protesters-Arrested-After-Gluing-Themselves-To-A-Statue-In-The-House-Of-Commons/Article/200904415270261

Protesters target Tesco stores for offering to reward purchasers of energy saving lightbulbs with... air miles! http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-protesters-target-tesco-with-paint-campaign-1675014.html

Climate change in the news – International

Scientists writing in the journal Nature warn that humanity should focus on total carbon emissions rather than the emissions rate in 2050, and that the majority of remaining fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8023072.stm

Research sets out impacts of climate change on entire Arctic ecosystem. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/28/climate-change-poles

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17 April 2009

17 April 2009

Global update

Protesters in Senegal

It took a while to gather all the information together about what happened around the world on the Global Day of Action last December, but the 2008 update is now online http://www.globalclimatecampaign.org/GCCnewsletter2009.pdf (2.95MB)

More than 60 countries from Australia to Austria, from Sweden to Sri Lanka and from Nepal to the Netherlands took part in simultaneous protests across the world, including 3,000 on the streets in India and 2500 in several events throughout Bangladesh.  In Bolivia 5000 took part in actions in nearly every province, and 1,000 protesters took part in actions across at least 6 cities in Canada.

There are more great photos from around the world on http://gallery.globalclimatecampaign.org/global

During Copenhagen this year, though, the Global Day of Action needs to be much bigger, and we need your help!  Anyone with international contacts, language skills or just enthusiasm is welcome, but particularly French speakers (for French-speaking Africa) and people who would like to help with outreach in Asia. Anyone who is interested, please contact info@campaigncc.org

Actions and dates for your diary

Attention all students: We're still looking for a volunteer student co-ordinator (you don't actually need to be a student) and we also need more contacts in universities to do a bit of publicity for us.  Plans are underway to arrange transport to Copenhagen during the weekend of 12th-13th December, and we’d love students to join us - and of course for other actions throughout the year.  Contact info@campaigncc.org

Climate change in the news – UK

Potential locations for a new generation of nuclear power plants have been listed by the government. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/15/nuclear-power

Police arrested 114 people they believed to be preparing a protest at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/14/protesters-power-station-arrests

Study finds government targets for biofuels in transport have increased carbon emissions through deforestation. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/15/biofuels-carbon-emissions

Geoff Hoon announces incentives of up to £5,000 for consumers to buy electric cars. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/apr/15/geoff-hoon-electric-cars

A legal challenge against Heathrow expansion has been launched. http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/press-releases/green-groups-launch-legal-battle-against-heathrow-expansion-20090407

Passenger numbers drop at UK airports, because of recession and the weak pound. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/transport/article6098051.ece

Climate change in the news – International

Following an informal meeting in Prague, European Union environment ministers pledged to increase the EU’s 2020 emissions-reduction target from 20 to 30% if other industrialised nations, notably the US, commit to similar goals.  http://www.euractiv.com/en/climate-change/eu-ministers-offer-leadership-climate/article-181333 (includes background on progress to Copenhagen).

A major Antarctic ice bridge has collapsed. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-warning-as-antarctic-ice-bridge-shatters-1663430.html

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3 April 2009

3 April 2009

"Climate Emergency" Iceberg Demo

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On the day of protests for fossil, (or financial, depending on how you look at it) fool’s day, we decided to bring a purely climate message to the Excel centre, where the G20 summit was held this week, and decided on melting ice caps as the clearest indication of climate change to highlight the message. The result? One large iceberg-shaped block of ice (melting throughout the day), placards urging the G20 to act faster than the melting ice, white-clad protesters and some interesting human ice-cap posing!

3 April 2009

"Climate Emergency" Iceberg Demo

fiona_iceberg

On the day of protests for fossil, (or financial, depending on how you look at it) fool’s day, we decided to bring a purely climate message to the Excel centre, where the G20 summit was held this week, and decided on melting ice caps as the clearest indication of climate change to highlight the message. The result? One large iceberg-shaped block of ice (melting throughout the day), placards urging the G20 to act faster than the melting ice, white-clad protesters and some interesting human ice-cap posing!

Phil, CCC national co-ordinator, is quoted in the Independent and the Telegraph: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hundreds-of-protesters-set-up-climate-camp-1659508.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/g20-summit/5090319/G20-summit-Green-movement-labels-G20-a-missed-opportunity-to-tackle-global-warming.html

Put People First march

Amid the 35,000 diverse marchers in London last Saturday calling for the G20 to take action on ‘jobs, justice and climate’, the Campaign against Climate Change ‘Climate Emergency’ placards were an ever-visible presence.  Meanwhile CCC members were spreading the word about action for Copenhagen 2009, with thousands of these brand new flyers: http://sites/data/resources.shtml

If you would like any flyers to distribute, get in touch with the office: info@campaigncc.org, 020 7833 9311

Actions and dates for your diary

April - June 2009. PCS Union and the Climate Outreach & Information Network are hosting a series of five free workshops on climate change for trade unionists.  Book early to avoid disappointment https://climateoutreach.org/

Make sure you’re registered to vote for the European Parliament elections on 4 June.

The European Union have always played a big part in the climate negotiations, traditionally pushing for stronger global commitments on reducing carbon emissions.  But in Poznan last year, they showed that their stance was weakening, and we need to make sure they up their game before the critical UN climate talks in Copenhagen in December.  Unfortunately there are some indications that this round of voting could see the election of more far-right representatives, for whom the climate has not traditionally been a priority, so every vote counts.  Please put this date in your diary and encourage everyone you know to vote!

You can make sure you’re registered to vote here https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Climate change in the news – UK

A report from WWF shows that global recovery plans set aside only a tiny fraction for the transition to a low-carbon economy, and the UK ’s package is likely to have a negative climate effect because it includes £500 million investment in roads. https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates?2925/G20-must-ensure-green-shoots-really-are-green

Lord Stern has spoken out against Kingsnorth, saying that there should be no new coal-fired power stations until carbon capture and storage is proved to work. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/stern-kingsnorth-should-be-shelved-1658035.html

A government document warns that airport group BAA cannot lodge a planning application for the Heathrow third runway before the next general election. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/28/heathrow-third-runway-prospects

Greenpeace reveals the Department for Transport’s ‘risk register’ for the third runway. https://storage.googleapis.com/gpuk-archive/blog/climate/risky-business-20090327.html

The plan for a new runway and terminal at Stansted will be delayed for several years and may be abandoned, after the Competition Commission decided to force BAA to sell the airport. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/transport/

A report by the Tyndall Centre, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, says the UK must adopt at least 42% cuts in carbon emissions by 2020, with cuts made in the UK , not by offsetting emissions.

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/news/tyndall_report_19448

Climate change in the news – International

In the end, the G20 summit saw little action on climate change. https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUK123874766864._CH_.2420

Another G20 summit on climate change is apparently likely to take place this summer alongside the annual G8 gathering of world leaders on the island of La Maddalena off Sardinia . https://www.independent.co.uk/

Meanwhile in Bonn , the first of a series of three sessions is taking place aiming at producing a draft document to succeed the Kyoto Protocol. http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-30-01.asp

Climate legislation unveiled Tuesday in the US House of Representatives calls for 20 percent cuts in emissions by 2020, 42 percent by 2030 and 83 percent by 2050. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hzrLrPhTIFuT0Rzg1d0yYD34cOtw

On 28 March, during ‘Earth hour’, cities around the world switched lights off on major landmarks. https://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/earth_hour_news/

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19 March 2009

19 March 2009

Climate change in the news – Copenhagen summit

A conference of the world’s leading climate change scientists had stark messages for the future and issues a summary statement calling for urgent action: https://climatecongress.ku.dk/newsroom/congress_key_messages/

New findings highlighted include:

Revised estimates of sea level rise by 2100 range from 50cm, to at worst about one metre. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/mar/08/climate-change-flooding

Warnings on rainforest loss caused by rising temperatures, with 20 to 40 per cent of the Amazon expected to be killed off by 2050 if there is a 2C rise. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/

Calls for Europe to invest £50bn of government investment in Sahara solar power over the next decade, a source which could potentially supply all Europe ’s electricity (see email action above) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/11/sahara-solar-investment-copenhagen

News coverage of the conference: https://news.google.co.uk/news?pz=1&ned=uk&ncl=1312637840

Climate change in the news – UK

Shell has announced it will no longer invest in wind, solar and hydro power and instead will invest more in biofuels. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/mar/17/royaldutchshell-energy

EDF and E.on have demanded the government scale back its targets for wind power in favour of nuclear. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/mar/16/nuclear-power-renewables-edf

The government has closed the grants scheme for solar panels on public buildings as it is 'oversubscribed'. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/mar/16/solar-power-grants-halted

Meanwhile, The Independent accuses Alistair Darling of blocking plans for a Green New Deal. https://www.independent.co.uk/

The Liberal Democrats have revealed evidence of disproportionate policing at the Kingsnorth climate camp which has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. https://www.politics.co.uk/news/policing-and-crime/-repressive-and-disproportionate-policing-at-kingsnorth-$1280104.htm

The high court appeal against the second Stansted runway has been rejected. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7941470.stm

Climate change in the news – International

In contrast, the Maldives have announced their aim to be entirely carbon-neutral (without offsetting) within 10 years. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/mar/15/maldives-president-nasheed-carbon-neutral

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4 March 2009

Susan_Kramer4 March 2009

Heathrow demonstration attracts hundreds

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On the evening of Thursday, 19 February, hundreds crammed into the police pen opposite Downing Street to call for the government to ‘get real on climate change’ and show that the opposition to a third runway at Heathrow is still alive and well.  Speakers at the demonstration, organised by the Campaign against Climate Change, included Jean Lambert (Green MEP for London), Susan Kramer (Lib-Dem MP for Richmond) and John McDonnell (Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington where the third runway would be built). There was no mistaking the energy of the protest, which was covered both in the press and on television, and the strength of the movement against the expansion of Heathrow.

Read more at /heathrow.shtml

See photos at https://www.flickr.com:443/photos/joshblacker/sets/72157614124489794/

Wanted: your skills / time / enthusiasm

This year with the Copenhagen climate talks, it is crunch time for the planet.  The Campaign against Climate Change has a massive task ahead to raise public awareness and get people from all walks of life active in campaigning.  The campaign is already buzzing with ideas on how to do this - but we need people to help, whether coordinating, taking on small responsibilities or helping with one-off projects.  Below are listed some of the things we would like help with, but if you can think of anything else the campaign should be doing and you could help, get in touch! info@campaigncc.org

Local group support and publicity - this is likely to be a role for an intern, but other help also welcome.

Student coordinator - ideally one person to take this on plus any university students who could be a point of contact for their university.

Facebook administrator - if you spend all your time on Facebook, this could be for you.

Schools coordinator - helping CCC reach out to young people and teachers.

Creative types - anyone with graphic design skills, or who thinks they could make the campaign's YouTube channel famous (http://uk.youtube.com/campaigncc)

Fundraising - the more money we have, the more ambitious the campaign can be.

Website relaunch: New CCC website coming soon!  In the short term, any help with transferring html pages from the old site to the new one would be gratefully received.  In the longer term we want to add pages to the website with resources for specific groups e.g. Schools, Trade Unions.  We are looking for volunteers to take a page on and help keep it up to date.  Technical skills not necessarily required.

Climate change in the news – UK

Insiders say the government’s decision on Kingsnorth coal-fired power station will be delayed. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/02/coal-plant-delayed

Campaigners from over 30 developing countries have stated that the UK would be a 'climate criminal' if Kingsnorth and other power stations go ahead. https://www.globaljustice.org.uk//news/climatecriminalstatement22022009.htm

Meanwhile, the Climate Rush disrupted a coal industry party, offering their own alternative ‘awards’. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/climate-change-protesters-disrupt-coal-industry-party-6893599.html

Demand falls at Stansted as a high court challenge is launched into the second runway’s approval. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/19/stansted-second-runway-passenger-demand

Climate change in the news – International

Half the recent rise in China’s CO2 emissions is calculated as being due to western-consumed goods, calling into question the UK’s ‘reduced’ emissions. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/23/china-co2-emissions-climate

Indonesia has reopened peatlands to be cleared for palm oil plantation. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/18/indonesia-peat-palm-oil

As carbon prices fall, Europe’s carbon trading system is failing to curb pollution. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/feb/23/glover-carbon-market-pollution

In the US, more than 12,000 college and high school students have travelled to Washington DC for a climate change action conference and protest focused around a coal-fired power station. https://indypendent.org/2010/01/waiting-for-the-rapture/

Developing countries have received less than 10% of the money promised by rich nations to help them adapt to climate change. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/20/climate-funds-developing-nations

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16 February 2009

World Social Forum report

Phil and Fiona attended the World Social Forum in Belem city on the Amazon delta in Brazil . Their mission was to promote the Global Day of Action on climate on 12th December this year to the social movements gathered at the forum.  http://landing.premiumsale.com/?domain=globalclimatecampaign.org

There was a lot of interest in the stall and a lot of opportunity to put the Global Day of Action on the agenda of significant players, especially within the burgeoning “Climate Justice” movement.  Fiona’s Spanish/Portugese speaking abilities were fantastically useful and we got added help from John Sinha and Sam Halversen (and others) who were at the event.  At an upcoming meeting of Brazilian grass roots environmental organisations, the CCC-organised Global Climate Campaign will be represented by Osver (who organised for the Global Day of Action in Peru), making new links with the movement.

Most importantly, we got the 12th December Global Day of Action written into the official declaration from the Assembly of Movements at the end of the forum: "We call for mobilisations and diverse forms of actions everywhere, in the lead up to, during and beyond the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, especially on the Global Day of Action on 12 December 2009".

Climate change in the news – UK

Carbon emissions in the UK have fallen by just one per cent in the last decade, according to new figures. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/4449757/Climate-change-targets-questioned-after-CO2-falls-by-just-one-per-cent-in-decade.html

The government won the Heathrow vote on 28 January by 19 votes, with 28 Labour MPs rebelling and two West London MPs resigning their positions as Government aides over the issue. https://www.independent.co.uk/

Meanwhile, a briefing produced by impartial House of Commons library researchers questions some of the government’s key claims on Heathrow. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/

The government has announced details of plans to insulate a quarter of UK homes by 2020.  There has been some criticism over the lack of funding and the fact that the scheme may not begin until 2013. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/12/carbon-emissions-miliband

The Welsh Assembly Government is consulting on the first stage of a new Climate Change Strategy for Wales (closes 20 February) https://gov.wales/

Climate change in the news – International

Scientists are to hold an emergency summit in March to warn the world's politicians they are being too timid in their response to global warming. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/09/scientists-summit-climate-change

Hillary Clinton is to visit China on 20-22 February and discuss US-China cooperation on climate change. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iDkGt4K_P2D_f3au3GD4kZzulYQw

Stirring controversy, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has stated that large developing economies such as China and India are not doing enough to curb carbon emissions. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/05/climatechange-carbonemissions

More than 350 cities across Europe, including 15 in the UK, have signed a "covenant" committing them to cuts of more than 20 per cent in CO2 emissions by 2020. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7881432.stm

Bushfires in Australia may affect the political climate, and the debates planned later this year on carbon trading and emissions reduction legislation. https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE5191DF20090210?sp=true

New data shows that over the past 15 years sea levels have been rising at 3.4mm a year, much faster than the average 1.7mm over the past 50 years. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/

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25 January 2009

Climate change in the news (Heathrow)

The government’s decision to allow the third runway to go ahead provoked outrage. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/

The analysis of the almost 70,000 responses to the consultation was revealed – but there was no question asking whether a third runway should be built – this was ‘outside the scope of the consultation’.   However 25,337 respondents got past this by clearly stating that they did not want any expansion at all, and 16,662 stated that they did not want a third runway.  Also, 9,638 criticised the consultation process. Just 472 respondents said they supported Government predictions that a third runway could be added within the air quality and noise limits without further measures, and almost 13,000 mentioned climate change.

You can attempt to disentangle it all on the DfT website: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/heathrowconsultations/heathrowdecision/responses/

The Conservative party has announced that they will scrap the plan if they get into office: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7832693.stm

London councils are considering legal action, either on the grounds the airport is already breaching several environmental guidelines or flaws in the consultation process. http://www.londoninformer.co.uk/london-news/london-local-news/2009/01/20/west-london-councils-ponder-heathrow-legal-challenge-113489-22734270/

Greenpeace has now signed up over 30,000 ‘beneficial owners’ of its plot of land purchased in Sipson: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/emma-thompson-strike-blow-governments-insane-plans-expand-heathrow-20090123

There was plenty of media coverage of the Flash Mob at Heathrow on the Saturday after the decision, and of the Climate Rush picnic the previous Monday: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/jan/12/activists-travelandtransport

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7835227.stm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/01/18/mob-in-runway-protest-115875-21049373/

Among all the coverage, the Guardian highlighted links between the government and BAA: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/18/heathrow-third-runway

And, on a lighter note, Geoff Hoon has now been banned from his favourite music festival: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jan/19/geoff-hoon-festival

Other climate change news

Meanwhile, decisions are being made about the planning inquiry for Stansted, where the government is also keen to push through another runway: https://www.airportwatch.org.uk/news/detail.php?art_id=2709&art_AIRPORTWATCH=Y

In the United States, Obama mentioned climate change several times in his inauguration speech, raising hopes for his presidency: http://www.scenta.co.uk/nature/news/cit/1740975/energy-and-emissions-top-obamas-green-tasklist.htm

Leading climatologist Jim Hansen warns the next four years are the last chance to avoid climate catastrophe: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/jan/18/jim-hansen-obama

Bush’s ‘parting gift to the oil and gas industry’ of more than 100,000 acres of land near national parks in Utah for oil and gas drilling has been halted by an activist: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jan/20/oil-gas-land-utah-usa

Conservative leader David Cameron has launched a consultation on creating a low carbon economy: https://www.conservatives.com/news

Shell and other oil companies continue to flare gas in Nigeria despite a legal deadline having passed: http://www.foeeurope.org/press/2009/Jan12_FoEI_Nigeria_pressured_to_stop_flaring_gas.html

 

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13 January 2009

13 January 2009

Our first Campaign against Climate Change e-newsletter!

National Climate March
Saturday December 6th 2008
The National Climate March 2008 filled the streets of London again - thanks to everyone who made it another great success! This time thousands marched on Parliament to demand action from the UK government on climate change.
Read more here 2008demo

Campaign financial update
Many thanks to those of you who donated or signed standing orders at the march (or have since sent them in).  The campaign is now in a better situation financially, but we still need to raise more money!

Read about the Target Ten Thousand campaign here tenthousand

Heathrow

A decision on Heathrow expansion is expected this week and may well give the go-ahead to the third runway.

The Climate Rush picnic at Heathrow terminal 1 last night was great, with about 500 people. See a report here http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2009/jan/12/activists-travelandtransport

There will (unless all forms of expansion are ruled out) be a flashmob' at Terminal Five on the first Saturday after the Government makes its decision on Heathrow expansion. 12 noon (on the dot), Heathrow Terminal 5 Departures ('Security North' section). More details here http://www.stopairportexpansion.org/

Climate change in the news

Obama calls for doubling renewable energy in three years
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/obama-calls-for-doubling-renewable-energy-in-three-years-5479.html

End of low carbon buildings programme in the UK 'green job destruction'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/12/renewable-energy-initiative

Seas may be absorbing less CO2
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/12/sea-co2-climate-japan-environment

Research suggests half the world's population could face severe food shortages by the end of the century
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/09/food-climate-change

Heathrow announcement may be delayed till after this week - if so flashmob obviously also delayed. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jan/13/heathrow-third-runway

Greenpeace & celebrities buy up Heathrow land http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/13/travelandtransport-activists

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/

Oh, and trains in Spain... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/13/spain-trains

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2010 events

National Climate March 2010


March on Parliament for a Zero Carbon Britain

Saturday December 4th

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A thousand demonstrators spell out the message for ZERO carbon by 2030 in Hyde Park London, before joining the 'March to Parliament for a Zero Carbon Britain'  (see more photos here)

Despite the daunting weather, demonstrators from a wide variety of groups - or no group at all - gathered together on Hyde Park for our giant overhead photo. Tony Black and David du Preez and their team had been plotting this out since 8.00 am in the morning and all the effort paid off nicely as you can see!  Before the photo there had been a Climate Service at the Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street, organised by Christian Ecology Link (see here) and a protest cycle ride that had set off from Lincoln's Inn Fields at 10.30. 

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                                                                                                                                    Photo Adela Nistora
   Next, everyone took the message to parliament with many placards and banners twinning the 'zero carbon by 2030'  message with one calling for 'a million climate jobs'. Marching off via Park Lane, Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall to finally hear the sound of 'Seize the Day' playing at the end of Abingdon Street, right in the shadow of the southern tower of the Houses of Parliament.
       Here, campaign coordinator Phil Thornhill kicked off an impressive list of speakers:  Caroline Lucas MP (Britain's first Green MP and leader of the Green Party),  Michael Meacher MP (veteran environmental champion in the Labour Party), John McDonnell MP (Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington who thanked the climate movement for helping him in his battle against the devastation that would have been caused by a third Heathrow runway ), Andy Atkins (Director of  Friends of the Earth), Tony Kearns (long term climate campaigner as well as Communication Workers Union Gen Sec), Maria Souviron (ambassador from Bolivia the country leading the charge for developing countries demanding climate justice at the UN talks ), Paul Allen (pioneer of the zerocarbon Britain 2030 project from the Centre for Alternative Technology),  Ben Brangwyn (co-founder of Transition Towns), Sophie Allain (from Climate Camp and spokesperson for the Ratcliffe 20 Direct Action activists), Maryla Hart (from Biofuelwatch) and John Stewart (chair of  AirportWatch and HACAN) to round off the speeches with the reminder that 'we have the answers' and around the globe our movement is building.

YouTube clips of the speakers are up here.

Musical interludes were provided by Seize the Day and Climate Justice All-Stars, while welcome refreshments  were served by the Brixton Tea Party. Finally many demonstrators retired to a convivial 'after-party' at the Enterprise pub in Holborn.

 The National Climate March  was part of a Global Day of Action with actions and demonstrations on climate all around the world on the Saturday midway through the UN Climate Talks in Cancún, Mexico, See www.globalclimatecampaign.org
 
The demands of the march were a  Zero Carbon Britain by 2030, One Million Climate Jobs Now!, Ten percent cuts in one year, Real Cuts not offsets, a Green Energy Revolution,
a Moratorium on Agrofuel use, End Domestic Flights, Expand Public Transport and a 55 mph speed limit


The Climate March happened despite the freakish wintry weather (although it got a little milder on the day): see here and here how this cold winter weather is linked to climate change.

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Climate Emergency Bike Ride 2010


Riders rode through the streets of London and finished in Hyde Park for the start of the National Climate March.

They assembled at 10:30 where a preliminary mini-rally will took place at Lincoln's Inn Fields, (speaker: Alexis Rowell from Transition Belsize and the 10:10 campaign), then the ride set off to Hyde Park via the Department of Transport on Marsham Street (see map below) where Food Not Fuel will be joined the rally after their 11am protest against the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation). All the while a PA system will was provided by the guys at Bicycology.


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Zero Carbon by 2030: Action for the Climate Emergency

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Saturday 30th October
 
Friends House, Euston Road, London
 
ImageA great event was held in Friends House on Saturday October 30th with a rich diversity of speakers and fast-paced sessions interspersed with music and video - and plenty of time for discussion. The theme was creating a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030 but the climate crisis was addressed from a variety of angles. The serious speaker sessions were followed by some great music in the evening concert that followed.... and the sounds even kept going in the pub till late at night...
 
Video highlights from the speaker sessions have been uploaded here.
 
Speakers included Jonathan Essex (Green Party), Maria Souviron (Bolivian Ambassador), Alexis Rowell (‘Cutting the Carbon’, Camden CAN), Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation), George Marshall (founder, COIN), Ben Brangwyn (Transition Towns), Vicki Hird (FoE Real Food Campaign), John Stewart (HACAN, AirportWatch), Stephen Murphy (‘Zero Carbon Britain’ Team), Deepak Rughani from Biofuelwatch. See more about the speakers here.
 
 
The Copenhagen debacle made it clear that we will not see any kind of effective reponse to the Climate Emergency coming out of the international negotiations before there is a radical shift in climate politics and policy at the national level. What we are seeing in the UK, however, is a painfully slow, faltering and piecemeal approach from a government that clearly does not regard the imminent threat of catastrophic climate change as its first priority. What we need is a coherent plan of radical action on a scale sufficient to match the threat.
 
We know the curent response to the climate crisis is woefully inadequate - the meeting presented a positive and realsitic alternative to this.
 
The timetable for the day was:
 
with musical interludes and video by Andrea Gordillo.
 

1.30 pm       Intro from George Marshall

                      “Oh gosh! Oh help! Oh no!”
                      What the latest science is telling us by Jonathan Essex. Phil Thornhill expands
                      on this to bring it into the campaigning world.

 2.00 pm        “Yes we can!”
                       With Stephen Murphy from the Zero Carbon Britain team,
                       Ben Brangwyn from Transition Towns.    Questions and discussion chaired
                       by George Marshall.
 
3.15 pm       Break
 
3.45               “Yes we must!”  
                      With Maria (Souviron Bolivian ambassador), Vicki Hird from the Friends of the
                     Earth Food Chain campaign, Deepak Rughani (Biofuelwatch), John Stewart
                     (Airport Watch/
HACAN). Questions and discussion chaired by George Marshall.
 
4.50 pm       “Win-win”
                      One million Climate Jobs and a Green New deal. John McDonnel via video.
                      Andrew Simms (New Economics Foundation),  Alexis Rowell (Camden CAN)
                      and 10:10.
Questions and discussion chaired by George Marshall.
                              
6.30 pm       End of Forum
 
The evening continued with
 
7.00pm  Climate Concert  
                Seize the Day, Jess Gold, 'Climate Justice All stars', Chris Bluemel and
                others...
 

MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS.....................

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Caroline Lucas is leader of the Green Party and the first elected Green MP in the UK. Before being elected to the House of Commons in May this year she had been Green MEP for the South East since 1999. Green Party policy is to reduce UK emissions by 90% by 2030, with (roughly) 10% cuts per year from now until then,.  
 
 
 
ImageJohn McDonnell has been the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington since 1997 and played a major role in the fight against Heathrow expansion (in his constituency). He represents a powerful voice on the Left of the Labour party - serving as Chair of the Socialist Campaign Group, the Labour Representation Committee, and the "Public Services Not Private Profit Group".

 
ImageJohann Hari is an outspoken journalist on climate change ( and many other subjects !) He is an inveterate battler against greenwash and half measures and has offered a radical critique of , for instance, the corporate subversion of environmental groups in the US.
 
 

 

ImageBen Brangwyn is one of the founders of Transition Towns, perhaps the biggest grass-roots climate network in the UK with over 300 communities recognized as official Transition Towns in the UK. The transition Town movement focuses on ‘energy descent’ at the local level to combat the twin threats of climate change and peak oil.
 
 
 
ImageMaria de Souviron is the UK ambassador of Bolivia where a Southern challenge to corporate Northern dominance of the international Climate Talks began to emerge at the Cochabamba conference in April this year. Bolivian President Evo Morales has been outspoken on Northern responsibility for the climate crisis and convened the Cochabamba conference to offer a ‘peoples’ alternative’ to the ‘Copenhagen Accord’ imposed by the US and other countries last year. The Cochabamba declaration argues for a radical target of 1 degree and 300 ppm.
 
ImageStephen Murphy is the public spokesperson for the team from the ‘Centre for Alternative Technology’ who produced this summer’s ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ report. Controversial in many aspects the report nevertheless offers a coherent, holistic, research-based plan for deep and rapid emissions cuts in the UK. It gives credibility to ambitious targets and provides a stimulating basis for debate for a radical way forward…

 
ImageAndrew Simms is policy director of the New Economics Foundation and head of its Climate change programme. He is a leading proponent of the ‘Green new Deal’ having co-authored the groundbreaking Green New Deal report and co-founded the Green New Deal group.
 
 
 
 
 
ImageChris Baugh is the assistant General Secretary of the PCS (Public and Commercial Service Union) which has played a leading in promoting the “One Million Climate Jobs Now!” campaign, with Chris, himself, as their outstanding spokesperson.
 
 
 
 
 
ImageJohn Stewart is the  master strategist behind the successful campaign against the proposed third runway at Heathrow. For many years a prominent anti-roads campaigner John is the chair of HACAN Clear Skies and of Airport Watch.
 
 
 
 
 
ImageVicki Hird coordinates the Friends of the Earth ‘Fix the Food Chain’ campaign, which highlights some of the more overlooked sources of climate destabilising emissions – namely those that arise from land use change and deforestation which are largely the result of production to feed the demand in the UK and other Northern countries, particularly for feedstock for a growing industrialised livestock industry.
 
 
ImageGeorge Marshall was for many years a driving force in Rising Tide and subsequently the founder of COIN – the Climate Outreach and Information Network. He is also an author, raconteur and performer with his own very special take on the climate crisis.
 
 
 
 
ImageAlexis Rowell is the founder of ‘Cutting the Carbon’, the Councils coordinator of the 10 by 10 campaign, and a Lib Dem councillor, himself, for Camden Council from 2006-10. He is joint coordinator of Transition Belsize and Camden CAN (Climate Action Network).

 

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National Demonstration against Agrofuels


Saturday 25th September

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Hundreds of protesters from the local community and from all around the country gathered on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, to protest against a proposed palm oil burning agrofuel  power station. Coachloads from London and Bristol and individuals from as far as Leeds, Aberdeen and Newport joined hundreds of local campaigners to march from Chesil Beach Car Park, along the seafront to the narrow street that leads to the entrance to Portland Dock, the site of the proposed plant. 

ImageHere Andrew Butler from the local campaigning group 'NOPE' (No Palm Oil Energy') drew a symbolic 'line in the sand' against any further expansion of the use of agrofuels for energy.

The Campaign against Climate Change joined together with NOPE ( a very strong local campaigning group see https://nope.org.uk/ ), Biofuelwatch and Food not Fuel to jointly organise the protest.

Speeches were made outside the port, and a note of support read out from Poole MP Annette Brooke. Members of  'Seize the Day' played to the crowd and many campaigners gathered afterwards at St George's Hall on the island for food, workshops and more music from Seize the Day and a local band. See a report of the demo with more photos on the NOPE website here, and there is also a photo gallery on Demotix.

The protest was filmed by BBC South (see here) and had already been widely reported in the local press (see Dorset Echo article here) Meanwhile news also surfaced that Chris Huhne, following our small protest outside DECC (see below) at which we were able to directly confront him, had reported to the 'Green Lib Dems' at the Lib Dem party conference that he was getting his lawyers to investigate the level of subsidy given to developers of the Portland agrofuel power station. We desperately need to keep the pressure up but there are some signs that our protests are already having some impact on this crucial issue.

There is a wave of proposed new agrofuel power stations sweeping the country. The logic of the Portland protest was that if we can stand up to them here,  we can stop this wave in its tracks.The headlong expansion of agrofuel (biofuels produced through intensive agriculture) use threatens to destroy the world's remaining primary forests, exacerbate the global food crisis and cause a massive increase in climate-destabilising emissions. We need to make the battle to stop the Portland plant the battle that wins the war against the disastrous expansion of the agrofuel industry.

The timeline of the event looked something like this

9.40 am: Bus leaves London (late) for Portland
1.30 pm: Locals and others assembled at Chesil Beach Car Park. March started to spread out along the foreshaw.
1.45pm Londoners spill out of their coach to catch up with the rest  of the march, banners unfurled and flags waving.
2.30 - 3.30 pm: Rally outside port gates (site of proposed plant). BBC film drawing of line in sand and speeches.
4.30 pm:  Workshops and entertainment in St George's Hall
7.30 pm: Bus set off back to London.  

 


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