Don’t Waste Billions Of £s On Nuclear Power

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Greenpeace are calling upon people to sign the following petition:
      To: Chancellor Philip Hammond
      CC: Theresa May, Prime Minister
“Don’t waste billions of pounds building a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Please invest government spending in renewable energy instead.”

Please click on this link and sign the petition.

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Feeling the Heat & Wildlife

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PUBLIC MEETING

7:00 pm Wednesday June 8,

St Peter’s Centre, St Peters Street,

Derby, DE1 1NN

As climate chaos takes hold, wildlife in Derbyshire, across the UK and globally, faces unprecedented challenges.

This illustrated talk by Tim Birch – Conservation Manager for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will examine the threats to our wildlife in Derbyshire and the UK from climate change and what can be done to help it cope and survive as the heat gets turned up.

He will also explore the implications for wildlife and climate legislation if we decide to pull-out of the European Union.

The event is free but there will be a collection. Refreshments will be available. Click here for the Facebook event link and let us know if you can help involve sympathetic organisations. They are welcome to have a stall and an input.

 

Demonstrators Oppose Fracking in the Blazing Sun

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A short post this time, but Derby Climate Coalition recently took part in a demonstration against INEOS in Chesterfield, showing opposition to fracking by the company.

At a meeting, INEOS are reported to have said that they “will choose and pay for the company who will monitor them”. The audience is reported to have been very skeptical about this.

Going Backwards on Climate Change?

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On Saturday the 7th of May, protesters met on Beeston High Street just outside Nottingham. There was a lively protest attracting much public attention about how the Conservatives have undone actions to limit climate change since they were elected a year ago.

In 2008, the Climate Change Act committed the UK to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Recognising the crisis faced and the need for urgent action, all major parties supported it. But since the current government took office on 8 May 2015, there have been a series of major policy reversals taking us backwards on climate action.

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Closure of Council’s Climate Change and Energy Management Unit

It was saddening to see the closure of Derby City Council’s Climate Change Unit on the first of April.

In 2006 the Derby Campaign against Climate Change raised climate change  with Derby City Council, which prompted the then leader, Chris Williamson, to lead the development of  a cross-party climate change strategy. This resulted in the adoption of the agreement to cut the Council’s own greenhouse gas emissions by 25% over five years and to address the issue across our city. All this was  backed up by the setting up of the Council’s  Climate Change and Energy Management Unit (CCEMU).

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Bad news about the climate

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February 2016 global surface temperature anomalies. Photograph: NASA GISS

This week saw a lot of bad news.

One headline read “Current record-shattering temperatures are shocking even to climate scientists”. February 2016 was likely the hottest month in thousands (yes thousands) of years, as we approach the 2°C danger limit. “Stunning,” “wow,” “shocker,” “bombshell,” “astronomical,” “insane,”“unprecedented”– these are some of the words climate scientists have used to describe the record-shattering global surface temperatures in February 2016. For more on this read the Guardian report  and the Observer had this follow-up item:   February was the warmest month in recorded history, climate experts say
Or for a change, lets look at the reports on February’s record heat in the  Daily Mail

Launch of anti-fracking group in Amber Valley

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The above shows David Burley, a campaigner from South Yorkshire, speaking at an anti-fracking meeting  last Wednesday in Amber Valley to about 50 people in Alfreton.

This part of Derbyshire is ‘pitted’ with small ex-coal mining towns. The meeting was supported by Derby Climate Coalition, Unite the Community and Amber Valley 38 Degrees. The talk was excellent, as was the discussion. The next meeting will take place at 7pm on the 30th March. The venue is to be confirmed.

The campaigners are organising a petition: please sign here https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-fracking-in-amber-valley