Climate Change Campaigning!

28th (Edinburgh), 29th (London) Nov
Climate March, with Global Justice Now and others. Or go to Paris on 12th Dec, or help organise actions and meetings locally. See Global Justice Now website. Transport to London from Manchester Chorlton St Bus Station 7pm, return 10.30ish - book on Eventbrite. In Cardiff (28th): see Stop Climate Chaos Cymru website. In Edinburgh (28th): see Stop Climate Chaos Scotland website. In Belfast, (29th): see facebook. In London (29th): see CampaignCC website.

Sun 29th Nov
Climate Marches - Merseyside. Typically, they’ve two: First: a walk to Hilbre Island from West Kirby (Dee Lane, No 34), assembling just before 7am. Not far from West Kirby Station. Walk there and back expected to take 2.5 hours. Be prepared for weather and exposure! See Avaaz website. More information below. The second, Liverpool March will gather at St Luke's church  from 2.00pm. At 2.30 pm the march will proceed from that bombed out church down Renshaw Street to St George's Hall steps where there will be a rally. The focus of the march will be the campaign for Merseyside Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. This is one local campaign to reduce CO2 emissions and is one of many calls for action before the UN Climate Summit in Paris. Event on facebook.

Here are some more details about the Wirral Earth Fest Climate Change Walk to Hilbre for anyone who wants to take part. It's an early start, due to the tides:
The plans for the walk are the same as outlined on the Avaaz page. Just a few things to highlight.
High tide on Sunday 29th is at 12.45pm. Walkers are advised to leave the islands for West Kirby 3 hours before high tide (about 9.30).
We would like to have our main gathering/hot drink and photograph at Little Hilbre/Middle eye. Many of the walkers will be turning back after our gathering at Middle Eye to get back in time for church and other Sunday activities. Others may wish to move onto Hilbre to conclude their walk, but keep the tide in mind.
Groups have asked if they can bring their banners on the walk....Yes, of course!

A few people have asked about a vehicle ride across the sands to take part in the event, but after talking to Wirral Council, this is not possible, sorry.

We ask you to please wear/have waterproof boots and clothing, regardless of how the weather seems. Please also bring your torches and lanterns to light our way as sunrise is about 8am. Wirral Council has reviewed our plans and part of their advice is to emphasise the need to be prepared for the worst. (If you'd like to see the plan, please email me on argibb@btinternet.com)

Public Liability Insurance is provided by Transition Town West Kirby....but let's not have any accidents...please!

Look forward to seeing you all (with the aid of a head torch) on Sunday 29th @ 7am!!!

Keep your eyes on the Wirral Environment Network facebook page

 

In December, the COP21 round of UN climate negotiations takes place. Government negotiators will attempt to come up with an agreement to reduce carbon emissions enough to keep global temperature rise below the 2 degrees “safe limit”. However, in the face of sustained corporate lobbying and a lack of political will, it's looking unlikely that the agreement will be sufficient.

In response, a mass mobilisation is taking place in Paris and internationally, ranging from tiny grass roots organisations to large NGOs such as Friends of the Earth, 350.org and People and Planet.

Everyone's involved, from from tiny grass roots organisations to large NGOs such as Friends of the Earth, 350.org and People and Planet. A huge range of creative actions and demonstrations is planned in Paris - from a human house of cards to the Climate Games http://climategames.net . There will be cheap transport and accommodation to help you get to Paris – see below for more details.

Campaigners will be making a noise about COP in the UK too - it's not just about taking action in Paris. See http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/cop21-beyond/ for more information.

Come along to the info night to meet others who are interested, to get planning, and to find out more about the negotiations, the global mobilisation, and the future for the people's movement for change on climate change.

Everyone welcome, no prior knowledge or involvement required.

 

London demo - the People's March for Climate, Justice and Jobs - Sunday November 29th

We have now booked a coach to go from Manchester to London for the demo - part of an international mobilisation just before the UN talks in Paris begin. 

The coach leaves Chorlton St Bus Station (central Manchester, not Chorlton!) at 7am, picks us up after the demo at around 5pm , we should be back in Manchester by 10-10.30pm.

Here is the link to the Eventbrite site where you can book:

 http://tinyurl.com/peoplesmarch2015-mcrcoach

Ticket prices are:

full (solidarity) price    £25

low waged                 £20

unwaged/students      £15

under 16                    £10

You will notice the prices on the Eventbrite site are slightly higher, they include a fee.

Any queries there is an email contact on the eventbrite site.

Tickets are limited, so book yours soon! If there is enough demand we may book a second coach, but we have to do that in the next ten days so we need to know numbers asap.

 

Paris demonstration on Saturday 12th December.

The initial block booking on Eurostar from London to Paris is sold out tho there is still some accommodation available in Paris via the link below. However, there may be more train seats available shortly, I will let you know.

Here is the link:

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travel-and-accommodation-for-paris-climate-talks-tickets-18865830206

Most Fossil Fuels are Unburnable..

"Most fossil-fuel reserves are un-burnable" if we want to stay below 2 degrees of global warming. Mark Carney--Governor of the Bank of England.
See Guardian article
excerpt:
"Yesterday, there were some newspaper headlines about the future cost of energy if we continue to invest in renewables. The inference was that fracking and other fossil fuels are necessary to keep future energy prices down.
But the truth is, fossil fuels are a finite resource, and as it gets harder and more damaging to get at the remaining reserves, whether they're in shale, oil sands or underneath a critical natural habitat like the Arctic, it gets more expensive, too.
And there's another reason we won't just be able to keep burning oil, coal and gas. Investors are increasingly selling their shares in companies that make their money from exploiting fossil fuels because those companies aren't viable in the long term.
Here's what the bright buttons at Oxford University said: "We can only burn 20% of the carbon in the proven fossil fuel reserves. We'll have reached that limit in 16 years at present rates of consumption. Now we have a carbon bubble, of unreal value. It is too risky to own shares in this bubble. It has to burst, and will burst."
And if academics don't do it for you, what about the governor of the Bank of England? http://www.theguardian.com/…/mark-carney-fossil-fuel-reserv…
The honest truth is that we will have to pay more for our energy in future, whether that's hidden (through enormous public subsidies for nuclear), or in energy bills as companies pass on the cost of developing renewable alternatives. So the real question is whether we spend now - on reaching scale, which will make renewable energy more affordable, and on ways of storing energy (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-23920312) - or wait until the lights go off.
We're going to have to pay to get the problem sorted - the sooner we start having a realistic conversation about how, the less painful that will be. But one thing's certain, fossil fuels can't be a long-term solution and the businesses and politicians who say otherwise are lying to you." Jon Fletcher, http://www.civilianagency.co.uk
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The Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change IPCC report:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released its third report setting out the evidence on climate change mitigation (how to cut greenhouse gas emissions). This follows its two previous reports: 1st: on the physical science of what is happening to the planet, and 2nd: on the impacts for humans and ecosystems. The Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change IPCC report by Working Group III addressed mitigation options globally and across sectors.

The report sends out a stark message:

Our current trajectory could see us reach a devastating 5 degrees of warming by 2100.

To avoid this, we need a dramatic reduction in fossil fuel use and a corresponding increase in the use of renewable energy.

Spending on energy efficiency and low carbon technology needs to be very significantly increased.

The report itself consists of thousands of pages. The report's summary (pdf), is much more manageable, at just 33 pages, although it is important to note that the summary represents the scientists' findings as filtered through governmental negotiations. References to wealth being transferred from rich to poor nations, the rise in emissions from upper middle income countries, and indirect land use change relating to biofuels were all removed from the summary.

Carbon brief provides a good general summary of the report, as does the Climate Justice Campaign (pdf) and there are many more related resources are listed at the bottom of this email.

IPCC digested...
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced two more major climate change reports, which together with the report they published in September, amount to 5000 plus pages. To make the scientists’ findings easier to digest Friends of the Earth have boiled these down onto two pages and ten key facts.
In the light of that you may not want to read this, but you should: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/12/western-antarctic-ice-sheet-collapse-has-already-begun-scientists-warn
Low Carbon Communities Network

The report’s core message sets a challenge to all of us, particularly in nations such as the UK, whose wealth has been built on historic emissions. This is a critical time to act on climate change and create momentum.

Friends of the Earth have asked all their supporters to get active. We know some people are organising meetings, some ad-hoc, around the IPCC report. We would suggest that you approach activists from Friends of the Earth and other groups in your area and organise such a meeting.

There are a range of themes in the IPCC mitigation report which could be used; our suggestion is:

 What would the UK look like if we took climate change seriously?

Resources for public meetings:

There are more resources concerning the IPCC Mitigation report below. CampaignCC's blog on the report highlights the contrast of the report’s findings with current UK government policies. Additionally if you would like us to send you a Global Resource pack for the report then please email us at leia[at]campaigncc.org.

Also very relevant is the latest Zero Carbon Britain report, released last week. This sets out how the UK's energy supply, buildings, transport and agriculture could be regulated, to enable net zero carbon by 2030. Contrary to the IPCC report, this only relies on current technology.

The authors at the Centre for Alternative Technology have produced resources including presentation slides and video footage from the launch.

For information on strategies for an urgent transition to a low-carbon economy, you should check out CampaignCC's One Million Climate Jobs report and associated videos. An updated edition of the report will be published later this year.

The IPCC summary report says that there is still scientific debate on whether biofuels are a successful way of reducing emissions. The full report contains much more about the potential problems, but concludes 'bioenergy can play a critical role for mitigation' (pp.28).

CampaignCC's allies, Biofuelwatch have criticised the IPCC position on Bio-energy. Are you interested in holding a meeting on Bio-energy as a false solution? Biofuelwatch have resources and may be able to provide a speaker; who can give more information on current UK biomass expansion.

CampaignCC want to strengthen and build more local climate networks across the UK in the run up to next years national election and climate negotiations in Paris.

As part of this CampaignCC are organising a massive street mobilisation on March 7th 2015 which will be the climax of their many other activities this year, bringing activists together with a clear message:

It's Time to Act on Climate Change.

CampaignCC want to encourage grassroots discussion and mobilisation all across the UK.

There are plenty of other activities to participate in, such as:

Post on your website

Blog about / use IPCC findings as the basis for a blog

Tweet and share resources and opinions on Facebook & Twitter

Send out information to your lists

Send out information to friendly journalists/local media

We have a busy year ahead of us, but please let CampaignCC know how you are getting on locally with meetings and other activities, and if you need any help.

 

Resources:

There are many other resources on CampaignCC's website and below.

On changes to summary text: SMH, New York Times, Scientific American

Friends of the Earth video from leading climate scientist Prof Kevin Anderson, on the need for urgency and ambition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7pwpjthh6E

Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice Campaign's IPCC brief:

http://climatejusticecampaign.org/images/ipcc/IPCC_WG3_Report_Fin.pdf

Kevin Anderson's article in the Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/what-would-it-look-like-if-we-took-global-warming-seriously-9226644.html

Kevin Anderson's paper “Going beyond dangerous”:

http://www.whatnext.org/resources/Publications/Volume-III/Single-articles/wnv3_andersson_144.pdf

Joe Romm-Report by US academic as to why he thinks the IPCC are overly cautious:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/30/3420723/climate-breakdown-of-food-systems/

Kirklees declaration on tipping points:

http://www.campaigncc.org/blog/KCCCtippingpoints.

Friends of the Earth EWNI has a newspage on the latest climate science:

http://www.foe.co.uk/news/latest-climate-science

Friends of the Earth note on geoengineering:

http://climatejusticecampaign.org/images/ipcc/Geoengineering.pdf

Guardian article on mitigation (7/4/14):

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/apr/07/ipcc-un-climate-change-mitigation-wg3-worsen-geoengineering

from a Campaign Against Climate Change email


National Planning Policy Framework

A large group of MPs are fighting land-based wind turbines, Weavervale's Graham Evans for one. Find below the original (left, from the Draft National Planning Policy Framework) and amended (right) text.

 

Support the delivery of renewable and low-carbon energy

 

Appendix 1 to the letter: Suggested amendments to paragraphs 152 and 153 of the NPPF

152.  To help increase the use and supply of renewable and low-carbon energy, local planning authorities should recognise the responsibility on all communities to contribute to energy generation from renewable or low-carbon sources. They should:

152. To help increase the use and supply of renewable and low-carbon energy, local planning authorities should recognise the responsibility on all communities to contribute to energy generation from renewable or low-carbon sources. They should:

 have a positive strategy to promote energy from renewable and low-carbon sources, including deep geothermal energy

have a positive strategy to promote energy from renewable and low-carbon sources, including deep geothermal energy;

 design their policies to maximise renewable and low-carbon energy development while ensuring that adverse impacts are addressed satisfactorily


design their policies to maximise renewable and low-carbon energy development while ensuring that adverse impacts are addressed satisfactorily;

 consider identifying suitable areas for renewable and low-carbon energy sources, and supporting infrastructure, where this would help secure the development of such sources


identify suitable areas for renewable and low-carbon energy sources, and supporting infrastructure, where this would help secure the development of such sources and achieve an appropriate balance between environmental, social and economic objectives, including in particular the contribution of the rural landscape and heritage assets to economic development  – See Footnote;

 support community-led initiatives for renewable and low carbon energy, including developments outside such areas being taken forward through neighbourhood planning; and


support community-led initiatives for renewable and low carbon energy, including developments outside such areas being taken forward through neighbourhood planning; and

 identify opportunities where development can draw its energy supply from decentralised, renewable or low carbon energy supply systems and for co-locating potential heat customers and suppliers.

 

identify opportunities where development can draw its energy supply from decentralised, renewable or low carbon energy supply systems and for co-locating potential heat customers and suppliers.

153.  When determining planning applications, local planning authorities should apply the presumption in favour of sustainable development and:

 

153. When determining planning applications, local planning authorities should apply the presumption in favour of sustainable development and in doing so should take full account of the requirements set out in paragraph 152 and the footnote and:

 not require applicants for energy development to demonstrate the overall need for renewable or low-carbon energy and also recognise that even small-scale projects provide a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions; and

 

not require applicants for energy development to demonstrate the overall need for renewable or low-carbon energy, recognising that overall compliance with national EU obligations as a whole is not a material consideration in relation to the acceptability of specific locations, and also recognise that even small-scale projects provide a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions;

 approve the application if its impacts are (or can be made) acceptable. Once opportunity areas for renewable and low-carbon energy have been mapped in plans, local planning authorities should also expect subsequent applications for commercial scale projects outside these areas to demonstrate that the proposed location meets the criteria used in identifying opportunity areas.

 

approve the application if its impacts are (or can be made) acceptable. Once opportunity areas for renewable and low-carbon energy have been mapped in plans, local planning authorities should also expect subsequent applications for commercial scale projects outside these areas to demonstrate compelling reasons why development should take place outside such areas; and

 

identify and weigh all the separate forms of harm to other interests of acknowledged importance that would be likely to arise, including significant heritage assets, and ensure that development would provide wider benefits that would clearly outweigh the sum total of all the harm identified.

Footnote: In assessing the likely impacts of potential wind energy development in broad areas, and in determining planning applications for such development, including all non-domestic schemes irrespective of their scale, planning authorities should follow the approach set out in the National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (read with the relevant sections of the Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy Infrastructure, including that on aviation impacts). Where plans identify areas as suitable for renewable and low-carbon energy development, they should make clear what criteria have determined their selection, including for what size of development the areas are considered suitable.


The Influence of UK Energy Security and Peak Oil as Drivers Impacting on WCC Services and Activities

Warwickshire County Council have commissioned this report; many of its findings transfer to other places.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1. Purpose - This study analyses the influence of UK Energy Security and Peak Oil as drivers impacting on Warwickshire County Council (WCC) activities. The questions addressed by the study are what UK Energy Security and Peak Oil are all about, why they matter, how they impact on WCC, and what the authority’s next steps should be.
2. Methodology - Thorough research into the topics of UK Energy Security and Peak Oil builds the foundation of the study. Awareness within the organisation was raised most notably in two workshops, but also through continuous engagement with people from a range of service areas. The analysis of the implications for WCC is based on financial as well as qualitative data collected from WCC staff and supply chain companies.
3. Energy is of huge importance for our overall prosperity - Energy and fossil fuels are present in almost all economic and many societal processes. The astonishing energy density of the fossil fuels is one of the dominating factors in the advancement of our civilisation over the last century.
UK Energy Security and Peak Oil are real threats - There is some debate about the WHENs and HOWs, but not about the IF. These challenges will come and will lead to higher energy prices and possibly shortages of supply. The topics are gaining attention in the private sector - companies like Lloyds, Virgin Group, Stagecoach, Scottish and Southern Energy and many others are aware, warn about these issues, and prepare for them.
4. WCC Services are significantly affected - Our results show that WCC Services are affected by these threats through increased costs, changes in demand, impacts on staff, and possibly shortages. Some areas are more severely affected than others and the nature of the impact varies, but all of the areas analysed are exposed to these risks in some way.
5. We strongly recommend pursuing this topic further, both by investigating in more detail as well as by taking action now - There is a lot that can be done to soften the impact. But since these measures have long lead times, action should be started now. Objectives that need to be pursued are: Behavioural Change, Increased Energy Efficiency, Increased Investment in Renewable Energies, Mitigating the Impact on Staff, Managing Demand for Services, and Reducing Risk of Shortages.
6. WCC has the opportunity to get to grips with the issues early - The drastic changes brought about by UK Energy Security and Peak Oil bring with them enormous opportunities for those who confront them early and decisively. For instance, there are substantial synergies with de-carbonisation efforts. WCC has the chance to work with others to explore the implications, understand risks and develop coping strategies.
Download the report (2.4MB pdf)


An interesting email from Fran Armstrong of Age of Stupid...
Evening all, 

Lizzie pointed out the other day that it's been three years - three blinkin years - since we finished Age of Stupid. Since we finished actually producing the film, she means, obviously we've been going on about it - and its charming offspring, 10:10 - ever since. So I therefore felt both relieved and panic stricken at Sheffield doc fest last weekend, listening to renowned doc maker Albert Maysles, talking about his film Grey Gardensthirty six years after he finished making it. 

Actually Mr Maysles might be on to something: “Enough of this war stuff. Let us, as I am hoping to do, film people who are ardently working for peace. Hollywood has always been, and still is, devoted to films where there is conflict. Let's see how people are at their best." 

Speaking of which isn't this collaborative consumerism idea a potential game-changer? Or is there an obvious flaw I'm missing? [found in the comments – “Worth checking out www.streetbank.com - it allows you to see all that your neighbours will lend you or give away - so works like a big shared attic, garden shed, DVD library and fancy dress chest. Unlike Leo's experience it seems to have hit critical mass in London.” And “Did someone mention storage space under the stairs? As far as I know www.sharemystorage.com is the only platform that brings everyday people together to sort out their storage needs...will be going live this month (june '11)”]
 
Not that Team Stupid are paying much heed to the quest for positivity: the current crop of fantastic books'n'films made by former Stupideers has a decidedly not-exactly-upbeat bent. All hugely impressive, though. And lots of spunky launch events to go along to, should you feel so moved. See below. 
 
Greetings from sunny Camden Town, Franny

PS. 10:10 is recruiting for a new Head of Raising Loads of Cash


Written by Stupid's co-writer, Mark Lynas...
The God Species 
"We humans are the God species, both the creators and destroyers of life on this planet. As we enter a new geological era – the Anthropocene – our collective power now overwhelms and dominates the major forces of nature. In this controversial new book, Royal Society Science Books Prize winner Mark Lynas shows us how we must use our new mastery over nature to save the planet from ourselves. Taking forward the work of a brilliant new group of Earth-system scientists who have mapped out our real ‘planetary boundaries’, Lynas draws up a radical manifesto calling for the increased use of environmentally-friendly technologies like genetic engineering and nuclear power as part of a global effort to use humanity’s best tools to protect and nurture the biosphere. Ripping up years of environmental orthodoxy, he reveals how the prescriptions of the current green movement are likely to hinder as much as help our vitally-needed effort to use science and technology to play God and save the planet."
-> Launch event on July 6th in London, all welcome, reserve a place here
-> In shops July 10th. Pre-order from Amazon here
 

Distributed by Stupid's distributors Dogwoof...
Countdown To Zero 
"A fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Countdown to Zero is a chilling wake-up call about the urgency of the nuclear threat. It tells the striking story of uncertainty, exposing the real possibility of nuclear disaster and revealing the truth behind an issue on which human survival itself hangs."
-> Everyone invited to the premiere next Tuesday 21 (=Demand Zero Day) with a live event from BAFTA being broadcast to 65 cinemas round the country – panel includes Queen Noor of Jordan, Margaret Beckett, Valerie Plame-Wilson and the film’s producer Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth)
 

Directed by Stupid's exec producer Emily James...
Just Do It
"Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. Torpedoing the tired cliches of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire."
-> Preview screenings at Glastonbury festival, June 23 & 25
-> Red carpet (recycled from extremely famous movie) premiere, July 9 (invite only, sorry)
-> In cinemas from July 15th. So far London, Belfast, Cardiff, Inverness, York have signed up. Please help persuade more cinemas to show the film here.  
 

Directed by Stupid's exec producer Bruce Goodison... 
Our War
Bruce has made the most fantastic film, "Our War", about a (very) young British's soldier's death in Afghanistan, made of stunning footage from the soldiers' own cameras. The Telegraph reviewer said - wait for it - that it's the best thing he's seen in 15 years of reviewing television. Cor blimey.  
-> On iplayer till June 28. Website here
 

Edited by Stupid's editor David Hill and produced by Stupid's assistant producer Lottie Gammon...
The Invasion of Lampedusa
"As tens of thousands of migrants flee north Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring, one tiny Italian island becomes the frontline for Europe's immigration crisis"
-> BBC2, Tues 14th June, 7pm and then on iplayer. Website here


 

Letter from Ed Miliband:

I just wanted to thank you for all the amazing support you have given me over the last year. It has been a gruelling process but none of it would have been possible without your support, encouragement and engagement.

Let me be clear from the start, the deal we got in Copenhagen does contain some real wins (for example on aid for poor countries or a two degree limit), but it does not go anything like far enough.

Click to read about the first step and write to you local paper about it

I believe we should be stepping up the pressure rather than giving up our ambitions.
 
We should start work now on converting the accord into a legally binding agreement as soon as possible but public pressure will be critical.

Just as we have worked together on The Road to Copenhagen, so we need to work together on the road from Copenhagen. That's about demanding more internationally and doing more at home.

Click to write a letter to push for the next steps on our Road from Copenhagen

The most inspirational lesson for me from Copenhagen has been the determination and resolve of ordinary members of the public from different background and different countries.

Over coming months, you can help turn these and other pledges into legally binding agreements and push to go further.

The fight's not over:  click to write a letter to keep the momentum going

Let's work together to make it happen.

Thanks

Ed

 

                               

(copied from http://www.taomail.co.uk/labour-emails/web/100192/1764/1764/2/478/246956/6157a98984f63ce6dee1d9e4bde6b99f/)







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