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October News from PCAN

News from PCAN October 2014


Our next PCAN Meeting

is at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 19th November at the King St Tavern, 70 King St, Southsea, PO5 4EH. Do come if you can – we’ll be discussing future plans.

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Lots of you will know Tim Dawes of the Green Party. He’s also organising what looks to be an excellent Literary Festival in Havant, starting this weekend.

Next Sunday (12/10) there’s a half-day conference on ecologically inspired literature from 2pm – 5.45pm at Bosmere School, South Street £10, £8 concs.

Do have a look at the programme:



 Climate march landscape

The People’s Climate march – the biggest ever!

PCAN supporters joined 40,000 others at the People's Climate March in London and Chichester and over half a million world-wide on Sunday 21 September, to send a message to world leaders and local politicians that we want more action on climate change. It was great to see the support. As for the UN conference – let’s see.

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One World Week 19-26 October Breaking Chains, Making Change.

A chance to think about global issues. Our local events are based on the themes of sourcing food differently, reducing wastefulness and using money ethically to support the changes we want to see. http://groups.wdm.org.uk/portsmouth/one-world-week/


One World Week events in the Portsmouth Area


Sun 19th Havant One World Week Event: Tea, cakes, pancakes, stalls and a chance to hear what local groups are doing to live differently and make the world a fairer place.
Havant United Reformed Church Elm Lane Havant PO9 1PP 3.30 – 5.00. Free admission.

Mon 20th Display on the threats to African agriculture from big business.  Portsmouth University Students’ Union 10.00 – 4.00

Tue 21st Cash with a Conscience: workshop on using money to make changes. Stalls and presentations.
Central Library Portsmouth 6.30 p.m.
Free admission

Wed 22nd  Living Differently – Mayor’s coffee morning  Sacred Heart RC Church London Rd, Waterlooville PO7 7SR
10.30  to 12.00.   £2 including coffee and biscuits.


Thur 23rd Dining Differentlya vegetarian meal cooked by FoodCycle volunteers John Pounds
Community Centre, Queen St Portsmouth PO1 3HN
From 6.30 p.m.
Speaker: Ruth Valerio on Living Differently.
Tickets £8 from Sue James 92 250267 or Sarah Hirom 92 582140 to raise money for the Portsmouth FoodCycle project.


Fri 24th International evening – food from around the world.
Sacred Heart RC Church London Rd, Waterlooville PO7 7SR
7.30 p.m. Tickets £4 individual, £10 family from Martin Jones 92 646386 or Philip Hayllar 92 251593

For more about One World Week – visit their website : www.oneworldweek.org

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Hampshire Climate Action Network 6-monthly get-together

Free - for people who are actively working against climate change in their communities in Hampshire to meet and share experiences. Saturday 18 October, 10.00am-12.30pm followed by a bring and share lunch.
The Innovation Centre, Basing View, Basingstoke, RG21 4HG
Let Sue know if you are interested.


Reclaim Power week of action 10 – 17 October.

Reclaim Power is a collaboration of social movements, international networks, NGOs and grassroots organisers, working on every continent. A week of actions will take place around the world, fighting to change our energy systems to stop climate change.  We want to highlight the urgency of transforming our energy systems at local, national and global levels, and to demand a shift from corporate-controlled fossil fuels to clean, fair and democratic energy systems.

See http://www.reclaimpower.net/


Fuel Poverty Action’s Energy Bill of Rights

Have a look at this and consider signing up on http://tinyurl.com/FPARights. and making the links between fuel poverty and the Big 6 energy companies’ control of our energy system in the UK and energy injustice at the global level.

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up




Trade Deals – Stop the TTIP

We are still seriously worried about the new trade and investment rules (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which are being negotiated in secret between the EU and the US. All sorts of safety legislation may be abandoned and even worse, powers will be handed to international courts via the Investor State Dispute System (ISDS) which make is easier for companies to sue governments if they feel their profits are threatened eg by restrictions on fracking.


This is a real threat to our democracy and if it goes through, is likely to become a model for all trade deals


We gave out lots of leaflets against TTIP and collected signatures in an event organised by 38 Degrees on 30th August and there is another day of action on 11 October. See www.nottip.org.uk .

Do read more about this – everyone should be concerned.


Free online course

FutureLearn is offering a free course, starting on 10 November, called 'Our Climate: Past, Present and Future'. Details here

Hunger for Justice weekend

Over the weekend of 18-19 October, hundreds of churches nationwide will be urging their local MPs to tackle climate change, and praying for people around the world who are affected.

If you’re involved with a church please do suggest that they get involved – it could be a special service, creating a prayer room or arrange a walk of witness –and they stress that you should invite your MP along and challenge them to act.

You can download an action guide on http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/climate-justice/hunger-for-justice.aspx . You can find lots of other good resources on their website. And you can read about how people are fasting for justice in solidarity with Yeb Saño, delegate for the Philippines at last year’s climate talks. You may remember that, despairing at world leaders' lack of ambition, Saño pledged not to eat during the conference unless they delivered action to 'stop the madness' of climate change.

16 October – World Food Day (UK-wide)

A great chance to raise issues around food. The Landworkers’ Alliance are organising a food sovereignty football match in central London, find out more.


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Eat well, waste less food and get more bang(ers) for your buck! More here
Saturday 18 October, 10.00am-1.00pm
University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR
Free workshop but booking required. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
to book your place.


Workshop by COIN (Climate Outreach and Information Network)

Flooding earlier this year affected hundreds in Hampshire. Come and find out if the flooding will get worse and about the connection with climate change. Details and booking here.
Saturday 18 October, 1.00-4.00pm
The Innovation Centre, Basing View, Basingstoke, RG21 4HG

30 years of trying to be useful with vegetables - what it means and why it matters

Guy Watson, CEO of Riverford Organics, tells the story of Riverford, from its original conception to its current position as the largest supplier of organic produce in the UK.
Monday 20 October, 7.45pm (drinks and networking from 6.30pm)
Winchester Business School, West Downs Campus, Romsey Road, SO22 5HT
Tickets £5, including small buffet and drinks (free to students and concessions). To book, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call 01962 827 322

Reducing energy costs by measuring them

A Hampshire Sustainable Business Network event.
Friday 24 October, 8.00-10.00am
Holiday Inn, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HZ
Free event. Details and seat reservations here.

An evening with Polly Higgins: Ecocide - One Law to Change It All

A talk by inspirational Earth lawyer Polly Higgins who is developing the Ecocide Act to protect the planet. Includes Q&A session. Details here.
Thursday 6 November, 7.30pm
Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, Salisbury Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ
Details and booking here

Future Solent Conference

A chance to talk to businesses that have received grants from Future Solent's Green Growth fund. Tickets £30. Booking required. Details here.
Friday 7 November, 8.30am-4.00pm
Action Stations, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, College Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ 

2015 is a pivotal year.

With the UK general elections and COP21 climate talks in Paris on the near horizon, Campaign against Climate Change, along with its UK allies, are organising a mass creative climate action on March 7th 2015.

Climate change has a direct effect on multiple spheres, so the march on March 7th will be staged in representative blocs: Food & Water, Energy, Jobs & Transport, Finance and the possibility of a Natural World bloc.

This is a critical time for all of us, and we must give our government a signal that is loud and clear.

We know what we need to do. We need to move: 

¨                   From exploitation to climate justice: UK support for a just international climate deal.

¨                   From delay to action: 10% emissions cuts year on year, creating at least one million climate jobs.

¨                   From fracking & fossil fuels to renewable energy: for all our needs.

¨                   From cold homes and energy waste to insulation for all.

Join us on March 7th and make your voice heard. Remind the people of the world: it's Time to Act on Climate Change.


For the Love of…

The Climate Coalition are getting people to share ideas of things people love which may be affected by climate Change and have a new For The Love Of.. website, Check it out at: http://fortheloveof.org.uk/

Get the banks out of coal
The UK financial sector is funding a coal boom in the global south with investments worth billions of pounds. Join WDM in calling for tougher regulation on coal finance.


Ideal World 2030

Have a look at this site where you can post your thoughts about an ideal world to be delivered to the UN Climate talks

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:45)