Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change – interim Covid-19 report

The UK Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change was created by MPs last  year.  It has just published an interim briefing on Covid-19, recovery and the path to net zero.

The briefing looks at Economic Recovery and Lifestyle Changes.

Key findings

●79% of assembly members ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ that, “Steps taken by the government to help the economy recover should be designed to help achieve net zero.”​​

●93% of assembly members ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ that, “As lockdown eases, government,employers and/or others should take steps to encourage lifestyles to change to be more compatible with reaching net zero.” ​

Note: Climate Assembly UK was commissioned by six cross-party Select Committees of the UK Parliament to explore how the UK should reach its legally-binding target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The assembly’s 108 participants are together ​representative of the UK population​ in terms of demographics and levels of concern about climate change.

The final report will be published in September.

 

Protecting food standards – petition

At a time when we are negotiating post-Brexit trade deals with the US and others, many people are worried that in future our food may not be produced to the same high environmental and welfare standards that we currently have in the UK.  The government has maintained that no compromises will be made but has also rejected parliamentary moves to enshrine this in law.

The NFU has organised a petition about this which you can sign here.

Greenpeace ‘Speaker Shorts’ Events in June

(Taken from the Greenpeace website)

Join our ‘Speaker Shorts’ talks in June

Throughout June Greenpeace is running an exciting new programme called Speaker Shorts. These are free 15 minute talks followed by an interactive Q&A on areas that Greenpeace is campaigning on. From protecting our forests and oceans, to plastics and the climate crisis, Speaker Shorts will give an introduction to the topic and simple things you can do to help!

Speaker Shorts talks will be delivered by members of our Greenpeace Speakers network – passionate and knowledgeable volunteers who know a lot about our work.

The talks will run as a Zoom webinar, which is a secure and private way for you and your family to participate in these fun and interactive talks. You’ll need to download Zoom for free in order to join.

Find out more about each talk and register at the links below:

Family friendly:

Young people and students:

Adults and general audiences:

In defence of Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’

The latest Michael Moore film, ‘Planet of the Humans’, written and co-produced by Jeff Gibbs, questions the idea that a future with 100% renewable power is possible.  It has been roundly criticised by many in the environmental movement (such as George Monbiot),  many of whom are concentrating on a switch to renewable fuels as a way of averting climate change.

Here, environmental economist Tom Smith supports the film and says that the problems go deeper than renewable energy.  Our whole way of life and use of earth’s materials, not just fuels, will need to change.  As he says, ‘An insatiable system based on renewable energy is no improvement over an insatiable system based on fossil fuels……..If there is to be an end to this madness, we need to end the death cult of capitalism.’

Has anyone seen the film?  Depressing? Realistic? Your views are welcome.

 

 

 

World Localization Day 21 June

Local Futures is an organisation seeking to promote local economies which put the well-being of people and planet first.  They produced the film The Economics of Happiness which 2G3S showed in 2016.
Now Local Futures is organising World Localization Day, an online global festival taking place on June 21, 2020.
Organised in response to COVID-19, World Localization Day will feature eye-opening talks, interviews, music, short films and even comedy to inspire and empower individuals as we work to create a happier and more sustainable world going into the future.  HH The Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky have both prepared special messages, and other contributors include Vandana Shiva, Joanna Macy, Alice Waters, Johann Hari, Iain McGilchrist, Gail Bradbrook, Charles Eisenstein, and many more. 
Detailed event information can be found on the World Localization Day website: https://worldlocalizationday.org.

 

UK’s first grid-injected hydrogen pilot

The UK’s first live pilot to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and buildings at Keele University is now fully operational.

 

Hydrogen is a zero carbon gas that when burned produces just heat and water.  The Committee on Climate Change has determined that the use of hydrogen in our energy system is necessary in order to reach Net Zero.  Heating for domestic properties and industry accounts for half of the UK’s energy consumption and one third of its carbon emissions.  If a 20% hydrogen blend was rolled out across the country it could save around six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.

 

HyDeploy is a ground-breaking green energy trial at Keele University that could help Britain cut its carbon emissions and open the door to a low-carbon hydrogen economy.  Backed by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition, the £7 million project is led by Cadent in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, Keele University, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Science Division, ITM-Power, and Progressive Energy.

 

From Keele Impact Magazine 2019