Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information on the climate and ecological crisis we are now all experiencing but want to know the key facts and, more importantly, what the solutions are? Then read this book;
Simply Climate Change
by Professor Frans Berkhout. Professor of Environment, Society and Climate at Kings College London and others. Published by Dorling Kindersley published November 2021. ISBN 978-0 2415-1607-2. Price £9.99.
This 160 page book can easily be read in just a few evenings because it contains impactive diagrams and visuals on every page with only a small amount of text to get the most important points across in a way that is easily understandable. Readers will very quickly understand the science behind climate change, its impacts, the speed and scale of the changes climate change is causing and how we can all make a contribution to avoid the worst impacts of global heating .
We all know that the threat of climate breakdown is real and will have enormous consequences in all sorts of ways.
Derby Climate Coalition is holding a face-to-face meeting
– at St Peters Church, St Peters Street, Derby, 7:00 pm on Tuesday October the third –
which will give us an opportunity to talk with elected members and officers from Derby City Council about what the Council is planning to do to tackle the carbon emissions across the city. It is not about the Council’s own carbon footprint (which is less than two per cent of the city emissions), nor is it about what individuals can do about their own carbon footprint.
Here is the agenda
- The vision for Derby
- The city’s carbon emissions
- The proposed sustainability and environment board
- The A38 and the Council
- The climate forum
These topics will be introduced by
Carmel Swan, the member of the Cabinet responsible for climate and transport
Rachel North, Deputy Chief Executive of the Council
Other officers, and hopefully councillors, will be in attendance.
Places will be limited. So please book a place here
Refreshments available from 6.30 pm.
Our Government’s own advisors on the climate crisis, the Climate Change Committee(CCC) have repeatedly stressed how important our local councils are in the fight to reverse the climate change we are now all experiencing with July 2023 just the latest example as the hottest month ever recorded globally.
In 2021 in it Net ZeroStrategy, our Government said that “devolved and local government(councils) play an essential role in meeting national net zero ambitions” because it “is best placed to integrate activity on the ground” and to inspire “action by, local businesses, communities, and civil society”.
According to the CCC, councils, including Derby, have either direct power or some influence over roughly one third of all climate changing greenhouse gas emissions in their local area. Thats control or influence over more than 4 million tonnes of the 13.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide and other climate changing gases released every year in Derby.
So we should be drawing our council’s attention to examples of the imaginative, practical and effective actions being taken by other councils in the UK to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save their citizens money. These councils are achieving this despite the lack of money and powers from central government to do so. Friends of the Earth have compiled case studies showing what these councils have achieved. To be inspired, go to;
So we should be asking our own council what they are doing to help us all contribute to making the drastic cuts in emissions scientists say we need to make by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate change. – and save us money, now and in the future! You can do this by responding to the consultation Derby City Council have launched at;
After the approval of the A38 Derby Junctions road expansion on the 18th August, we’re preparing to challenge it again to halt this harmful and unnecessary project.
Thank you to everyone who signed this petition. We started this petition 3 years ago when the A38 expansion was in the examination phase prior to approval. We handed the petition to Derby City Council and the Department for Transport who both dismissed it. It was our legal challenge in 2021 which stopped this destructive scheme and now the Government has pushed it through the again, we’re challenging it again.
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THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST
An online meeting on Tues 11 July 7.30 pm with
· Tom Davies, Amnesty International
· Mair Bain, local climate activist
· Matt Foot, socialist lawyer
ALL WELCOME BUT REGISTRATION NEEDED
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
The climate emergency needs immediate action at a governmental level. Governments are usually focussed on short term measures and usually only take action on longer term issues following pressure from outside.
The ability to engage in direct action is a vital component of a functioning democracy, providing a platform for all citizens to demand accountability and change.
Irrespective of whether one agrees with every protest by environmental activists, the right to protest is under threat. Recent changes to UK legislation threaten this democratic right and hinder progress on urgent environmental issues.
Come and join the online discussion organised by Derbyshire Climate Coalition and Amnesty International .
Thursday 22nd June at Derby Quad
10:20 – 13:30
Want to help tackle climate change but don’t
have the time to become a climate scientist?
In just three hours, the collaborative
Climate Fresk workshop will teach you the
fundamental science behind climate
change and empower you to take actionTo find out more about Climate Fresk go to climatefresk.org
Supported by Derby Climate Coalition.
To book a place click here
Derby and Derbyshire climate groups are supporting the Extinction Rebellion (XR) ‘BIG ONE’ event in London on Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22
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You are invited to a Zoom meeting organised by Derbyshire Climate Coalition
Monday 6 March; 07:00 – 8.30 pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
This meeting will start by discussing the arrangements and nature of the planned Extinction Rebellion protest in London on April 21, then will lead into an exploration of the role of non-violent direct action and then into a general discussion about movements from below. There will be contributions from Adrian Howlett from XR, somebody from Just Stop Oil, Peter Robinson, from Derbyshire Climate Coalition and a Trade Unionist.
On Sunday December 18, a considerate, appropriate and respectful demonstration was staged in Lichfield Cathedral by Christian Climate Action. Have a look at Mary Smail’s protest at Litchfield Cathedral https://fb.watch/i6IKa3edoS/
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