2G3S have responded to a ‘Green Infrastructure Survey’ organised by LUC (environmental management consultants) on behalf of SCDC and CCC. You can see our response here. We also submitted a map (based on Stapleford and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan recommendations).
Many thanks to Yasmin who co-ordinated the work on this.
Earlier this year, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council appointed LUC to provide evidence informing the creation of an enhanced and expanded green (and blue) infrastructure network in Greater Cambridge (defined as the combined area of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire districts).
The project specification includes a number of related work strands:
- Assess existing network
- Identify priority areas for enhancement
- Identify refined priority areas and identify deliverable opportunities for enhancement
- Policy development advice
- Further potential work, including provision of expert advice to Plan Making and Development Plan Examination.
The work, which will extend to January 2024, will form part of the Councils’ development plan-making process in relation to green infrastructure and biodiversity, and will also identify green infrastructure opportunities that could be delivered outside of the planning system. The current survey is part of that process.
Cambridgeshire County Council has had a Green Infrastructure strategy since at least 2006. The strategy demonstrates how green infrastructure can be used to help to achieve four objectives:
- To reverse the decline in biodiversity
- To mitigate and adapt to climate change
- To promote sustainable growth and economic development
- To support healthy living and well-being
In late June, France’s Citizens’ Convention for the Climate came to a close. It called for a referendum on whether to enshrine environmental protection in the constitution, and on introducing a new crime of ‘ecocide’ to the French penal code.
See this blog from the British campaigning group Unlock Democracy
Overall around 14,000 people signed up to the lobby nationally, and up to 270 MPs held meetings throughout the week. The mass lobby had been arranged at fairly short notice so that it could precede the Chancellor’s statement early this month; so all in all an amazing effort by all concerned.
We had our meeting with S Cambs MP Anthony Browne on Monday 29 June. There were 40 people at the Zoom meeting, of whom about a quarter were 2G3S newsletter subscribers – well done everyone!
Mr Browne had asked for questions to be presubmitted; people could also submit questions on the day via the ‘Chat’ facility. He read the questions out himself and managed to get through 20 questions in the hour he had allocated. Inevitably there were several questions that were not reached, including all the follow-up questions.
Sam Hall, Director of the Conservative Environmental Network, was also present and gave some supplementary answers.
A couple of us took notes and you can read our full report, as accurate as we can make it, below. How well or satisfactorily Mr Browne answered the questions is for you to decide.
TTIN SCambs Q&A Anthony Browne 29.6.20docx
The reports are coming thick and fast now! See the Green Alliance Blueprint for a resilient economy, published 29 June, here.
“We set out the five essential building blocks that would support new long term employment opportunities, thriving businesses and a healthier, fairer society, whilst protecting against the potentially devastating future impacts of climate change and nature’s decline:
1. Invest in net zero infrastructure
2. Restore nature
3. Stop wasting valuable resources
4. Ensure clean air and healthy places
5. Make the recovery fair
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) advises the government on emissions targets and reports to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CCC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
It has just (25 June) published its 2020 report entitled ‘Reducing UK Emissions’, which includes new advice to the UK Government on securing a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. It recommends that Ministers seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change. For the first time, the Committee sets out its recommendations government department by government department.
The report highlights five clear investment priorities in the months ahead:
- Low-carbon retrofits and buildings that are fit for the future
- Tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure
- Energy networks must be strengthened
- Infrastructure to make it easy for people to walk, cycle, and work remotely
- Moving towards a circular economy.
There are also opportunities to support the transition and the recovery by investing in the UK’s workforce, and in lower-carbon behaviours and innovation:
- Reskilling and retraining programmes
- Leading a move towards positive behaviours
- Targeted science and innovation funding
Unfortunately the report has gone large unnoticed because of all the attention focused on the latest information about Covid-19. However, you can download the report here.
Greenpeace have (June 2020) published their report: ‘A Green Recovery – how we get there’.
It is a very readable and practical report, with Contents as follows:
Nature and a Circular Economy
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.
●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.
2G3S is supporting this mass lobby of MPs asking them to put people, climate and nature at the heart of the nation’s recovery.
See the details under ‘Events‘
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.
(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:
Young people and students:
Adults and general audiences: