And let’s make it an effective New Year.
There are some important things coming up next year. There’s the General Election on April 7th and vital UN Climate talks in Paris in December.
Interest in climate change seems to have been lessening – even though 100,000 or so people joined demonstrations back in September.
We need to get people talking about the climate – everything else depends on it.
The Campaign against Climate Change is organising a big rally on March 7th. Climate Change – it’s Time to Act
And there’s a mass lobby of Parliament (to influence newly elected MPs) being set up by the Climate Coalition on June 17th. They hope this will be the biggest climate lobby in history with 10000 people attending, and Skype pods set up for constituents in the furthest regions of the British Isles.
And of course, look out for lots of action around the Paris talks in December
It’s time to get involved and make a difference.
Our next meetings
Do come along to a PCAN meeting if you can. The next one is Wed 14th Jan 7.30 at the King St Tavern
A million Climate Jobs?
Did you know that the green economy is growing ….
Strange that this rarely gets a mention
Campaign Against Climate Change have produced a new report showing how we could reach one million climate jobs. You can download or read it here.
They argue that real, well-paid jobs are desperately needed and that building a green infrastructure could provide these as well as tacking climate change. We need renewable energy, insulated homes, cheap public transport, flood defences……
It’s not good enough for the government to say it’s too expensive – they can find the money for other things.
A new way to make an impact. Lots of groups want to take the traditional, corporate Valentine’s Day and do something really different. People around Britain will show their love for the things and people that are already affected by climate change by turning their red hearts green. This will be happening through all kinds of channels - from grassroots action to celebrity involvement, traditional media to social media, and the Climate Coalition will be providing content both on and offline.
This is from 2nd to 8th March and last year there were hiundreds of activities around the country.
This site links to lots of useful resources as well as telling you about the week
Future Solent Conference
Some PCAN members attended this conference on 7th November and there were some interesting talks eg on the local energy strategy, on the Sustrans scheme of advising small firms on sustainable transport and the “mini-Stern” report which showed that investment in green technology would pay off in terms of jobs and benefits for the area. There were also lots of useful ideas on funding for businesses.
The full report on the conference can be found here.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade deal being negotiated between the EU and US. The main action at the moment is to sign the EU wide petition https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/eu-ttip-petition#petition
Do read more about this – everyone should be concerned. http://www.wdm.org.uk/trade-campaign/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip
Apparently Highbury College is to be a centre for training fracking technicians.
The Climate Coalition have produced this short film http.
Good to get people talking.