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News from PCAN August 2014

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Portsmouth Summer Fair 30th August

Martin Fido is well under way with organising our PCAN Summer Fair and it’s going to be great.

So if you are involved with other groups so let your members know and think about booking a stall as soon as you can. We can still squeeze a few more in.

We’ll have the stall and band list on our website soon.

Also, please think about how you could help. We’ll definitely need people on the day but help beforehand with publicity and chasing up stall-holders and attractions would be very welcome. If you can spare any time to help do contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We have a Facebook events page which makes it easy for you all to cascade it out to your friends! Find it from our PCAN page.

We also now have web banners and flyers so PLEASE get in touch if you can help us by sharing these.

And don’t forget we’ll REALLY, REALLY need help on the day… This is especially true first thing in the morning when we need to put up marquees and gazebos and guide traffic. We had lots of students helping last year but they are not going to be around in large numbers so do volunteer!

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Southsea Show

An urgent appeal to help Sue Stokes with the Southsea Greenhouse stall at the Southsea Show this weekend (2/3 August). Sue is keen to promote a range of green issues, including the PCAN fair so if you can help do get in touch with her as soon as possible This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our next PCAN Meeting is on Wed 30th July at 7.30 in the King St Tavern, 70 King St, Southsea, PO5 4EH. Then the next is Wed 17th September.

Do come if you can

September Weekend of climate action

The 20th and 21st of September will be an important weekend of climate action.

Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union will have a conference on Saturday 20th September, called A future that doesn't cost the earth, to launch their updated One Million Climate Jobs pamphlet. The main focus will be on the international fight for climate jobs. 
The conference will take place from 12.00 - 5.30 pm, at Tower Building, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road.

The World Leaders' Climate Summit in New York happening in September will be a key moment in the fight against climate change. There is already a march organised in New York, which aims to be the biggest climate demonstration the US has ever seen. There will also be a UK People's Climate March in London on the 21st of September in solidarity with those who are marching in New York.

See the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/1428960304030884/

The Climate Coalition say:

Showing our love on 21st September 

This will be an opportunity to highlight support for our Government to show some much needed ambition on climate. We’ll be teaming up with Avaaz, who are organising a people's march in London to link with a huge march in New York on Sunday 21st September, as well as other cities, on the same day. 

The Plan: On Sunday 21st September we'll bring supporters together to show their love on the Thames, with boats representing 5 of the things that supporters have said they love through the medium of massive inflatables! This will of course represent the diversity of the coalition and will include Fairtrade food, wildlife, family and hobbies/ sports. Once the boats have docked the teams with their inflatables will come together with other coalition supporters, and spread some love on the Avaaz march in the afternoon.

There'll be loads of fun ways to get your supporters involved in the lead-up. See  http://fortheloveof.org.uk/


Did you know - May was the hottest month on record…..

Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks. The average temperature on Earth of 15.54 degrees Celsius was the warmest since records began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

May was 0.74 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century world average. The last month that was cooler than normal was February 1985, marking 351 hotter than average months in a row.

This possibly could quiet people claiming global warming has stopped, but more importantly it “should remind everyone that global warming is a long-term trend,” Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer said.

Setting or tying monthly global heat records has happened frequently in recent years. The last global monthly cold record was set in December 1916.


Oxfam have a week of action on climate change between 30th July - 6th August.

They say:

As part of the Behind the Brands Campaign, we have been targeting General Mills and Kellogg on their climate change policies.  It looks like we will be seeing a win with General Mills but Kellogg are not addressing our concerns.  So we would love our supporters contact Kellogg to tell them that they are not doing enough to tackle climate change.  This is a worldwide action so we are hoping to really put the pressure on Kellogg to respond positively to the campaign and commit to reducing their carbon emissions.  

See http://www.behindthebrands.org/

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.


Transatlantic Trade Treaty

Take back the power – make trade work for people and planet

Transatlantic trade deals currently being negotiated, threaten to do the exact opposite. Investor dispute mechanisms will allow secret courts to overrule democratically made decisions if they are not considered in the interests of large corporations.

The US and the EU are negotiating a new trade agreement - TTIP - which amounts to the biggest transfer of power to corporations seen in recent years.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to liberalise the market between the US and the EU and remove barriers to trade. Its existence was leaked in March this year and exposed by a German newspaper. It's currently at the stage of negotiation 'cycling' between officials in Europe and the States, and has come under fire for being conducted with a complete lack of transparency. The process is due to conclude by 2014/2015.
Our democracy, public services and environment are under threat.  If agreed, TTIP would extend the power of big business over our society to unprecedented levels. Shamefully, the UK government are currently a major supporter. But together, we can defeat this agreement.

See http://www.nottip.org.uk/ to see what happened on the national day of action on 12th July and hear more about another European day of action on 11th October.

World Food Day  - 16 October
This year WDM is hoping to join in with a range of food sovereignty actions across the UK and it would be great if your group could get involved. Take a look at our action guide for some ideas. We’ll also be talking about this day of action at the groups conference on 13 September.


Reclaim Power – dirty energy week – 10 to 17 October
Reclaim Power, a collaboration of social movements, international networks, NGOs and grassroots organisers, is working on every continent to highlight the connection between energy systems and climate change.


Time to Act on Climate Change

The Campaign Against Climate Change is looking ahead and asking us all to join them on March 7th 2015 in a mass creative action and march on the streets of London, to tell politicians: So make a note of the date now.

In the run-up to the 2015 election and at the international climate change summit in Paris in December 2015, the Time to Act on Climate Change campaign has a clear message - the urgent need for effective action to tackle climate change. 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.

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/

For The Love Of.. Film 

They have also produced a film highlighting the diverse and unexpected everyday things that are affected by climate change, and that people have already put up on the site. 

We can send you the video file separately if you want to use it at any of your events, just get in touch.

See the film here: http://fortheloveof.org.uk/ or they can send the video file separately for events


Hampshire Climate Action Network

This is a new network of campaigning groups around the County. They are planning a get-together of Hampshire groups on 18th October in Basingstoke. Anyone like to be on a very small time-limited group (meeting mostly by email or telephone conference) to plan this?

Oxfam Lifting Lives

Oxfam campaigners are focusing on climate change now – see the Too Much Weather link from this site

One World Week 19-26 October.

A chance to think about global issues. We’re looking into organising some events locally along the theme of Breaking Chains, Making Change.

Suggested topics include: sourcing food differently, reducing wastefulness, using money ethically to support the changes we want to see.


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 (Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:42)