News from PCAN Nov 2014
News from PCAN November 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.
Latest IPCC Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has produced the final instalment in in its cycle of reports. Its chairman Rajendra Pachauri, called today’s report the “strongest, most robust and most comprehensive” to come out of the IPCC, which has been tracking climate change since 1988. The report’s language is stronger than in years past: Warming is “unequivocal,” and the changes we’re seeing are pervasive, it states clearly. We must take action quickly to cut our dependence on fossil fuels, it warns. If we don’t, we’ll face “further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”
There’s a good summary here: http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-10-things-you-need-to-know-from-the-new-ipcc-climate-report/
Genna Handley of Sustrans is hoping to start a new group in Portsmouth where people can come together to discus a range of green issues. She’d love to hear from anyone who’d be interested
Genna Handley Project Officer, Communities and Workplaces, Portsmouth Sustrans
A Balkan Adventure
Raising money for Oxfam water projects in South Sudan
Why not come along to hear travel writer John Pilkington on his recent travels through Bosnia and Kosovo. He’s a great speaker and photographer.
6.45 for 7.00pm Friday 28th November 2014 Portsmouth RC Cathedral Discovey Centre Bishop Crispian Way Portsmouth PO1 3QA
£10 Ticket includes light supper. Contact Sue James if you’d like one. 02392 250267 SouthDownsSafari.webs.com
The People’s Climate march and the UN talks
PCAN supporters joined 40,000 others at the People's Climate March in London and Chichester and over half a million world-wide just before the UN climate talks in New York. Did the talks achieve anything? Here’s an update which Tom Viita, Public Affairs Specialist at WWF, gave to the Climate Coalition
One concern Tom expressed is the rise of hostility to climate action expressed by UKIP supporters and the dangers of climate policy becoming divided along political lines when there is actually a lot of support for action in the Tory party.
Now is the time when parties are putting their manifestos together and we need to remind them about the urgency of climate action and begin to look out for hustings meetings,
UN Climate talks in Lima
These are taking place in late November and are another opportunity to build awareness and momentum
And the recent EU Climate and Energy talks?
According to the Climate Coalition, the final agreements are a long way off what the scientists have said we need to make, but there were a few good outcomes.
The package includes an 'At Least' 40% reduction in emissions by 2030 on 1990 emission levels. This isn't strong enough, but including 'at least' means there is scope to strengthen this target.
They also agreed to increase the amount of energy produced by renewables to at least 27%, and set a non-binding target to reduce energy demand by at least 27%, through energy efficiency.
"Essentially we have locked the 27 other nation states in the EU into the same emissions reduction trajectory as set by the UK's Climate Change Act." - Mathew Spencer, Director of Green Alliance
Share Action: Green Light Campaign
Share Action are leading on the Green Light Campaign. This encourages pension providers to embed climate awareness into their investment structures. They are currently running training to show employees and employers (including NGOs) how they can demand this from their pension providers
People and Planet: Fossil Free
After the success in supporting Glasgow University to divest from the fossil fuel sector, People and Planet are also encouraging all organisations in civil society large enough to have reserves and investments to do the same and go Fossil Free. http://peopleandplanet.org/fossil-free
COIN: Young Voices on Climate Change
These are the voices of those who will be most affected and are often the least listened to. COIN has been researching what young people think about climate change and what they feel needs to be done about it. Look out for the report on their website http://www.climateoutreach.org.uk/
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.
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
Do read more about this – everyone should be concerned. http://www.wdm.org.uk/trade-campaign/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip
And sign the EU wide petition https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/eu-ttip-petition#petition
Portsmouth Friends of the Earth is launching a new campaign ion Transport and now have a Facebook page – Portsmouth Friends of the Earth.
Ocean Training Day
Greenpeace has a new oceans campaign, due to launch early 2015, in which the South Coast will feature highly. It’s about fairer & sustainable fishing quotas, and builds on earlier Common Fisheries Policy work ("Be a fisherman's friend").
Not 100% sorted yet but it’s at "the edge of the Wedge" (The front part of the Wedgewood rooms) in Albert Road, Southsea on Saturday 6th December 10am-4pm (tbc).
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate
Naomi Klein’s new book is a must-read. Or at least check out what she’s saying on-line!
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better. In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.
Keep March 7th free
With the UK general elections and COP21 climate talks in Paris on the near horizon, 2015 is a pivotal year. Campaign against Climate Change, along with its UK allies, are organising a mass creative climate action on March 7th 2015. Plans are to stage it in representative blocs: Food & Water, Energy, Jobs & Transport, Finance and the possibility of a Natural World bloc.
They say: 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/
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
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