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.
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.
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:
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:
- 8th June, 2.30pm: Protecting our Oceans
- 22nd June, 4.30pm: Why is plastic not fantastic?
- 29th June, 4.30pm: How you can help save the rainforest from your plate
Young people and students:
- 15th June, 5.30pm: Three ways you can tackle the climate emergency
- 24th June, 12.30pm: Fast food & deforestation – what’s the problem?
Adults and general audiences:
- 17th June, 12.30pm: A green future – what Government need to do
- 19th June, 5.30pm: Three Greenpeace non-violent direct actions that have helped our planet
- 26th June, 12.30pm: Supertrawlers – a supersize problem
South Cambridgeshire’s Zero Carbon Strategy was adopted on 21 May 2020. It outlines how Council will support the district to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and reduce them to zero by 2050, including delivering a reduction in their own carbon footprint of at least 45% by 2025, (on a 2019 baseline), and at least 75% by 2030.
More details here.
S Cambs publishes a quarterly Zero Carbon Communities newsletter with the latest news about climate change action both at the Council and within the District. The second issue (with a link to the first) is available here.
See an edited extract from the newsletter about home composting.