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.”
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.
We think this article from Tuesday’s Independent is rather fine:
As flooded homes painfully dry out, we should reflect and wake up to the broader truth, based not on computer predictions but the evidence in front of us, that we are entering a new climatic age.
Public perception of a changing world is sometimes slow to materialise, unless it is jolted by exceptionally violent events. Once the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945 there was no doubt that humanity was in a different place; and similarly, the fall of New York’s twin towers in September 2001 unmistakably signalled a new world order. Continue reading Sceptical about climate change? Just consider December’s weather→
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Peter, Adrian, David and Leon return from the Paris Climate Talks. Hear what they have to say. Help us decide waht to do next. Some mince pies and mulled wine might be available so let us know if you can make it. We are meeting in room 11, no need to sign in. A short Steering Group Meeting will be held at 5.45. All welcome.
We are putting the following question to the full meeting of the Council on 6 pm, 25 November 2015.
Considering that 80% of all known fossil fuels must stay in the ground to avoid warming by more than 2 degrees as well as the need to ensure Pension funds are not left in these potentially stranded assets, will the Council recommend that the Derbyshire County Council Pension Fund
Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels?
Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years
On Thursday November the 5th John Selwyn Gummer – now Lord Deben – addressed a meeting of more than 100 people at Derby Cathedral. An outspoken voice on climate change, Lord Deben chairs the Independent Committee on Climate Change and will be representing the UK at the Paris 2015 conference.
Derby Climate Coalition and 38 Degrees invite all those people who are interested in doing something against potential fracking, in their area or across Derbyshire people to attend the next Steering Group meeting on Tuesday 13 October at 6.00 pm, room 11 at Derby Council House.
The Government is hell-bent on introducing fracking in parts of Derbyshire, including inside the city boundaries. On Monday evening (September 21) I attended a meeting in Derby organized jointly by Derby Climate Coalition and Derby 38 Degrees which looked at the economic and environmental consequences of fracking. This was very clearly spelt out by Brian Davey, a freelance ecological economist from Nottingham. Another speaker, Nigel Lee, showed us the actual plans and proposals for Derbyshire. Chris Williamson, Derby North MP until the 2015 election also spoke about Labour’s views on fracking and in particular, Jeremy Corbyn’s views which can be seen in a document “Protecting Our Planet” which you can find online.
Around fifty individuals attended the meeting. As well as members of Derby Climate Coalition, 38 Degrees, there were members from Friends of the Earth, local trade unions, Frackfree Notts, Frackfree Derbyshire, a member from Derby University and probably other groups I am unaware of. There was also a good turnout from the Green Party. Continue reading REPORT on Stop Fracking meeting, 21 September→
On Saturday March 7 a coachload from Derbyshire marched with 25,000 others for our climate – and it was a stunning day. Everywhere gorgeous hand-painted banners, placards calling for climate solutions, (even a handmade wind turbine), a sea of campaigners with a giant painting of a wave. As groups arrived from across the UK by the coach-load and melded in a constant stream, the feeling was clear; wherever we’re from, whatever our angle, we’re all involved, all committed. An enormous throng of people jointed the anti-fracking protest with a huge Mr Frackhead puppet created by FOE. (You can see it, in this lovely short film of the march), The sun shone, our spirits soared – the collective momentum was palpable.
Over in Westminster all was eerily silent; are our leaders listening? HellOOO ?!
Our voice is getting louder. Today perhaps our politicians and potential candidates are a little more aware that we mean business, that we’ll not let up until they meet the climate challenge.
In case they think we’ll go quiet amid the bedlam of the election, we have actions coming up which will be a constant earache to them, culminating in a mass lobby of Parliament on 17 June.
We are trying to promote FaceBook (and some of us fogies trying to learn how to use it) so please search for Derby Climate Coalition in FaceBook, befriend us and tell your friends.
Lets continue to build a bigger, stronger climate movement than ever before – are you in?
Secretary of Derby Climate Coalition
P.S. Thank you for the generous donations from Derby Trades Council and from those of you who were not able come on the coach.
Every day, more people are waking up to climate change. What scientists predicted decades ago is happening right now. Last year has now been confirmed, by NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as the warmest year since records began in 1880. And the 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000.
The fact is that humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption. (See this link). And we have little time left to avert catastrophe. But those in power have not yet woken up, or are unwilling to act.
Following on from the tremendous success of the People’s Climate March in September, on March 7th 2015, the Time to Act on Climate Change march will bring people together again on the streets of London to demand real change and tell politicians seeking election that there is no mandate for climate-wrecking business as usual.
2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris to strike a new deal for the climate – we must make our voices heard.
The groundswell is gathering momentum. Coaches have been booked from Derby, Nottingham and now Derby. The Derby coach ticket prices are £12 full price, £4 subsidised, £1 unwaged. The coach will leave Full Street at 8.30 am. Tickets need to be booked as soon as possible. Click here to reserve your place. Note that arrangements are subject to change but we will keep you fully updated.
We are also looking for donations from sympathetic organisations and people. Donations can be sent instead, or as well as buying a ticket; all you have to do is click here. Or contact us directly.
March 7th acts as a springboard for further campaigning in the run-up to the election (and of course throughout the year). We want to challenge all parties, nationally and locally, on their climate policies (or lack of!).
Coalition comprising a number of local groups active in addressing the solutions to climate change.