2010 Newsletters

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
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100611093710.htm

See further http://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 http://www.foe.co.uk/get_involved/climate_change.html 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. http://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
http://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
http://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:
http://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
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/voices-from-the-frontline-of-global-warming-2145793.html

 

19th November 2010

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 www.campaigncc.org/node/433 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

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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 www.campaigncc.org/lmaterials 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 www.campaigncc.org/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 www.campaigncc.org/node/409   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: www.campaigncc.org/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: www.campaigncc.org/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: www.campaigncc.org/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: www.campaigncc.org/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 www.campaigncc.org/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

23rd April 2010


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: www.campaigncc.org/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: www.campaigncc.org/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: www.campaigncc.org/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 www.campaigncc.org/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

11th April 2010

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 http://www.campaigncc.org/node/387

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 http://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. http://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. http://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. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment// Shell is one of the principal sponsors.
http://www.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
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/uk-pushes-for-twintrack-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. http://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. http://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. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/coal-fuels-much-of-internet-data-cloud-warns-greenpeace-1931581.html
 

19th March 2010

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 website: www.campaigncc.org/node/387
 
 
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. http://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. http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/press_for_change/palm_oil_subsidies_22636.html
 
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. http://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. http://shareaction.org/tarsands/action
 
 
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. http://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. http://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 http://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. http://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. http://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' http://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. http://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. http://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. http://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. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/05/met-office-analysis-climate-change

25th February 2010

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. http://shareaction.org/tarsands/action
 
Support a Robin Hood Tax on banking to fund action on poverty and climate change. http://robinhoodtax.org.uk/category/latest
 
Climate change in the news - UK
 
Another survey shows the British public's belief in climate change has declined. http://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 http://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. http://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. http://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. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/18/worlds-top-firms-environmental-damage
 
Obama has announced money for two new nuclear reactors. http://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. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/feb/12/copenhagen-carbon-emission-pledges
 
EU biofuels are found to be significantly harming food production in developing countries. http://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 http://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: http://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. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/thinktanks-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. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/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 http://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. http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/james-blog/1810197/there-option-left-moratorium-biofuel
 
The climate scientist at centre of email row defends his research in The Guardian http://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. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/feb/01/supermarket-fridges-pollution
 
The Environmental Audit Committee has urged the government to increase carbon reduction target. http://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. http://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. http://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 http://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 http://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