What can Councils do?

Friends of the Earth have created an amazing resource called “How climate friendly is your area?” and all you have to do is enter your postcode to see the results for your community.   

They have also published a climate action plan template for Local Councils, please publicise, hopefully you’ll all find it useful, see https://takeclimateaction.uk/climate-action/get-your-council-adopt-our-climate-action-plan

Derbyshire Councils and the Climate Emergency!

Derbyshire Climate Coalition campaigners would like to give you an update on what has been happening. The following councils have declared a Climate Emergency (the dates with embedded links to council papers are shown in brackets).

Derby City (22/05/2019); passed unanimously but no date, little follow up action but it has agreed to appoint a paid climate change coordinator.

Amber Valley Borough (24/07/2019); Motion passed for net zero by 2030.

Chesterfield Borough (17/07/2019); failed to include date of 2030 or accept amendment to do so.

Derbyshire Dales District (30/05/2019); Motion strengthened and unanimous.

High Peak Borough (15/10/2019); Motion passed unanimously – 2030 date.

NE Derbyshire District (08/07/2019); Motion amended (80% reduction by 2030 with aim of 100%).

South Derbyshire District (27/06/2019); Unanimous but watered down.

THREE COUNCILS HAVE DEBATED THE EMERGENCY BUT REFUSED TO DECLARE IT FORMALLY, namely :

Derbyshire County Council (15/05/2019); the Council issued an alternative climate manifesto and, despite issues with the Leader of the Council, some good work is being done in partnership.

Bolsover District Council (17/07/2019);the motion amended to debate need for motion at future date.

Erewash Borough (10/10/2019); Motion passed for net zero by 2050; wholly complacent response. Note that lawyers from ClientEarth have warned this council that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans. See https://www.clientearth.org/press/lawyers-put-local-authorities-on-notice-over-climate-inaction/ .

It is great that all the councils have made some moves and some actions are being taken. But there is a lot more planning and lobbying to be done. We need councils to turn their political promises in to concrete action – leading the way where the national government continues to fail.

Summary of CLIMATE targets for the Derby area

Friends of the Earth has analysed how different local authority areas across England and Wales are taking action to cut greenhouse gases. They have also compared local authority areas with other similar local authority areas.  For full details click on this link.  

Here is the summary of targets for the Derby area:

  • Cease supporting or promoting new high carbon infrastructure, such as roads or airports
  • Annual emissions reductions – 13%
  • Homes to insulate per year – 6,978
  • Number of eco-heating systems, such as heat pumps, to fit each year – 3,841
  • Proportion of commuters walking, cycling or using public transport by 2030 – 60%
  • Increase lift-sharing – major employers should aim to have 40% of their staff who travel to work by car doing so by lift-sharing
  • Electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 – at least 119 stations
  • Renewable energy – at least 37MW
  • Trees – Aim for 20% tree cover
  • Household waste reuse, recycling and composting by 2025 – 70% (on path to reach zero waste as soon as possible)
  • Divestment – zero investment in fossil fuel companies as soon as possible.

Continue reading Summary of CLIMATE targets for the Derby area

CLIMATE STRIKE ON SEPTEMBER 20

 

The global climate school strike on 24 May was reportedly the biggest yet, even bigger than the 1.4m-strong actions on 15 March. Young people in 1,664 cities across 125 countries registered strike actions with the co-ordinating group set up by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. The 24 May school strikes followed mass climate action in London by Extinction Rebellion (XR), which led to over 1,100 arrests over 11 days.

The group, #FridaysForFuture, has called on adults to join the ‘mass resistance’ and to walk out of work on Friday 20 September. Continue reading CLIMATE STRIKE ON SEPTEMBER 20

Derby Green Forum

This lively forum brings together people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including councillors and council officers.
The forum will be given an update by representatives of the Council on what progress has been made in implementing the Climate emergency resolution that was passed overwhelmingly by the Council in May of this year. We expect to hear more details about appointing a paid Climate Coordinator.


There will also be a presentation by Envelop homes, which was set up to build high quality homes built to low-energy Passivhaus standards, and are smart and promote clean, sustainable living.

There will no doubt be discussions about the Sinfin incinerator, updates from Extinction Rebellion, the Derby trees group and also on the forthcoming climate strikes on September 20 (See UK Student Climate Network)

Please send us items for the agenda.
Please reserve a place by booking on this link.

Derby City Councillors give the lead and call on Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels

Press Release: For Immediate Release 8 March 2018

This week Derby City Councillors called on the Derbyshire Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuel and fracking companies [1]. Councillors voted overwhelmingly in support of a motion [2] to reduce fossil fuel dependence in order to prevent climate change and reduce the financial risk to pension members. Continue reading Derby City Councillors give the lead and call on Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels

After the election – what now for climate action?

The future of the country is thrown open to new possibilities.

Young people turned out to vote in record numbers. Now politicians need to respond to those who have the biggest stake in securing a secure future on a liveable planet.

We don’t know how national politics will play out in the coming days and months.
But we know that the UK needs to align ourselves internationally with progressive nations, not with Donald Trump’s climate denial and dishonesty. We need to invest in climate jobs, taking advantage of cheap renewable energy, and building essential infrastructure. We need to make sure Brexit doesn’t scupper environmental protection.

What happens next? Can we trust Conservative minority government supported by the DUP?  While climate change scepticism is not official party “policy”, the DUP has previously appointed a denier as environment minister in Northern Ireland. The Campaign against Climate Change  has spoken out against the Conservative government’s backtracking on important climate change policies in the past two years. If the plan is to carry on with more of the same, however, they will find it difficult.

They will face ever stronger community resistance to fracking, legal challenges against dangerous schemes such as Heathrow expansion, and opposition from all those determined to take action to put the planet and the people who live on it, before profit. Join us.

Air Pollution in Derby and other Green Forum matters

The Derby Green Forum was held on Thursday 25 May 2017 and was attended by 33 people, from a wide variety of backgrounds. Three councillors were there (the Deputy Leader of the Council – Martin Rawson, Lucy Care and the new mayor – John Whitby (who said that his priority was promoting all green agenda) along with a number a number of officers from Derby City Council.

The notes for the meeting can be accessed by clicking here  Derby Green Forum Minutes 25 May 2017.

Air Pollution was the principal item . The map, shown above, shows the relationship between traffic and air pollution. This has been taken from the presentation by Karl Suschitzky’s,  from the City Council  Environmental Protection team. This is merely a screen shot from the Council’s public mapping portal which is available for access by anyone at the following address: http://maps.derby.gov.uk/  then you need to use the ‘choose an option’ drop downs in the top left corner to select ‘environment and protection’ and then select the ‘air quality management areas’ layer. Helpfully, you can zoom in on any specific location to look at the air quality in more detail in specific areas. Continue reading Air Pollution in Derby and other Green Forum matters

Coalition comprising a number of local groups active in addressing the solutions to climate change.