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 . Councillors voted overwhelmingly in support of a motion  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
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.
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
Derby Climate Coalition organised an anti-fracking meeting on the 9th of March. We heard some fantastic campaigners; from Sherwood Forest, Amber Valley and from Eckington in NE Derbyshire. 20 people came to our meeting.
Continue reading Great Fracking Networking Meeting in Derby; March 9
More than 20 people attended another stimulating meeting of Derby Green Forum, which met on Tuesday Feb 28th at Derby Council House
Continue reading Another inspiring meeting of the Green Forum, which met on Tuesday Feb 28th
Here are the notes from meeting of the Green forum held on Tuesday November 21st. The consensus was that this was a very useful meeting. Continue reading A great meeting
Derby Climate Coalition, in partnership with Derby City Council, is setting up a quarterly forum where individuals and organisations can discuss green matters related to Derby – including green and renewable energy supply, sustainable transportation, buildings and planning issues.
This is meeting at the Council House at 6.30 pm on Tuesday November the 22nd.
Please come along and join the discussion! Book your free seat by clicking on this link: https://derby_green_forum_nov2.eventbrite.co.uk
Agenda items so far include:
- Air pollution in Derby
- Bike hire scheme
European Funded low energy project for Businesses
Let us know if you have any items for the agenda by emailing email@example.com
Hoping to see you
Martin Rawson Deputy Leader of Derby City Council
Peter Robinson Chair of Derby Climate Coalition
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.
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).
Continue reading Closure of Council’s Climate Change and Energy Management Unit