Blog: Climate

The Long March Back to the 20th Century

Posted by Graham Thompson — 26 November 2015 at 11:58am - Comments
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Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.

However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.

Everything you need to know about the Climate March this Sunday

Posted by Holly Dove — 26 November 2015 at 11:11am - Comments
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Join the march!

Why are we marching? 
To make sure politicians - especially David Cameron - hear our message that people and planet must come first. As he heads to the Climate Negotiations (COP21) in Paris, we want him to have the image of thousands of people marching for our planet in his mind. 

Climate stories: environment, colonial legacies and systemic change

Posted by Anna Lau — 23 November 2015 at 5:27pm - Comments
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Victims of Hurricane Katrina were predominantly African American

Guest blogger Anna Lau reflects on how a failure of UN negotiations (and the Northern environmental movement more widely) to address the legacy of colonialism will hinder our ability to take meaningful action against climate change.

Old King Coal, Your Days Are Numbered

Posted by Anonymous — 18 November 2015 at 2:43pm - Comments
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The government has announced that coal power stations, like Drax pictured here, will close by 2025

There is news worth celebrating coming from the Department of Energy and Climate Change today.

The UK has just become the first G20 economy to stamp a clear expiry date on coal, one of the main drivers of climate change. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has pledged to phase coal out of our energy mix entirely by 2025.

5 things you need to know about the climate talks, COP21

Posted by Fran G — 9 November 2015 at 4:24pm - Comments

1.  What is COP21?

Between 30 November and 11 December 2015 a bunch of politicians and global leaders from over 190 countries will be involved in the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (‘COP21′, as it’s known). They’re meeting in Paris to try and agree a global legally binding climate treaty.

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Did the government just ban fracking in national parks?

Posted by Hannah Martin — 6 November 2015 at 10:29am - Comments
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Areas like the North Yorks Moors, pictured here, remain at risk of horizontal drilling

You might have heard the news this week that - as a result of public pressure - the government launched a consultation on banning fracking from the surface of some conservation areas.

MPs must block plans that leave wildlife and nature sites exposed to fracking

Posted by Hannah Martin — 3 November 2015 at 5:12pm - Comments
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The government wants to weaken plans to protect national parks, like the South Downs, from fracking

With public support for fracking at an all time low, you could be forgiven for think that the government might start to reconsider its plan to force drilling on towns and communities across the country. But no. Because just last week, a small committee MPs rubber-stamped regulations that will weaken the level of protection given to special areas of the English countryside from the impacts of fracking.

If we don’t speak up, solar power in the UK will face a cloudy future

Posted by Richard Casson — 20 October 2015 at 1:56pm - Comments
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There was a time when it was rare to see solar power on rooftops here in the UK. Our cloudy skies and the high cost of panels meant the technology was out of reach in all but the sunniest parts of the country.

But over the last decade, things have changed dramatically.

Shell’s out of the Arctic: 3 things you could do next!

Posted by aksheykalra — 19 October 2015 at 4:53pm - Comments
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Three weeks ago, we woke up to the news of Shell leaving the Arctic. I personally woke up and googled ‘Shell Arctic’ first thing in the morning. We knew that it was the last day of the drilling window. We knew that Shell had tried to extend its deadline and got a NO for an answer.  We knew Shell was going to be wrapping up and leaving soon – but this?

Join Greenpeace at the People's March for Climate!

Posted by alice.hunter — 15 October 2015 at 4:09pm - Comments
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March of the Polar Bears

This December, world leaders will gather in Paris for COP 21 - a global climate conference convened by the United Nations. As these global leaders sit down to negotiate about climate change, people like you will be gathering together around the world to stand up for the climate - join us in London on Sunday 29th November!

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