To keep yourself informed

The Committee on Climate Change – Independent advice to government on building a low-carbon economy and preparing for climate change

Carbon Brief – Sign up for their daily e-mail! UK based. Provides a rundown of climate change news in the press.

Skeptical Science – Check up on the science.  Excellent list of nearly 200 “Climate Myths” with scientific explanations at 3 levels.

Future Today – Solar solutions company + charity SolarAid

Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales

Energy Savings Trust

Rebecca Willis – how politicians work in relation to climate crisis.

The Climate Reality Project – Al Gore Inconvenient Truth and Inconvenient sequel

Plastics and the circular economy

Wrap – (easy to understand)

Recycle anything!

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Doughnut economy

Boyan Slat clearing plastic from the ocean

Business and carbon

Green business corporations in the UK

Carbon disclosure project for businesses and cities

General

Jeremy Leggett’s Future Today slideshow files (all free to download and use)

Food & CO2 – BBC interactive page which lets you look up the carbon implications of various foods you eat

The practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint (that actually work)
WIRED UK  “Want to know how to reduce your carbon footprint? It’s more complicated than you may imagine

Boris Johnson loves [Piers] Corbyn – You simply couldn’t make it up!

Energy4all has grown to become a family of 26 independent renewable energy co-operatives. They have 13,250 individual members and have created 30MW of electricity capacity

The UK’s failure to take the climate crisis seriously

Britain has the biggest fossil fuel subsidies in the EU

Proposed extension of Eastleigh / Southampton airport increasing passenger capacity from 2m to 5m pa.over the next 25 years 

Farnborough wants to buy up Lasham airfield (closing the gliding club) so that they can expand into the airspace over Alton

Plan to spend £100 million on changes to Junction 9 of the M3 [near Tesco], which will result in a significant increase in carbon emissions and ecological damage.

Local government action

Report from Hampshire County Council Business Services on Sustainability Initiatives … (Encouraging, but doesn’t tackle Hampshire’s biggest issues of emissions from homes and vehicles.)

East Hampshire District Local Plan 2017-2036 SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL INTERIM SCOPING REPORT
(Contains the following Sustainability Objective on p88 …  “Support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, including through the use of sustainable forms of transport, particularly in rural areas. Reduce the need to travel by car and shorten the length and duration of journeys”)

HAMPSHIRE CLIMATE LOCAL COMMITMENTS 2018/19

This lists further links for 100 areas for action, though not specifically for councils. 

Specifically aimed at Town and Parish councils

The Campaign against Climate Change – Climate Emergency – what next?

Friends of the Earth – Nature and Wildlife: Our Position

Friends of the Earth – 33 actions local authorities can take on climate change

Neighbourhood planning

Conservation project involving young people or the excluded

Fast Forward Oxfordshire – How Oxford can move ‘fast forward’ to a safe zero-carbon future. It covers homes and settlements, transport, work, energy, food and nature.

Ashden – They run an awards scheme and have a Climate Action Co-benefits toolkit.

Local Government Association (LGA) – They are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government.

Other local leadership and action websites

The Tyndall Centre is a partnership of universities bringing together researchers from the social and natural sciences and engineering to develop sustainable responses to climate change. They provide evidence to inform society’s transition to a sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient future.

Climate Just is a free webtool for public service providers designed to: Identify who is vulnerable to climate change and fuel poverty and why. Just 2 includes flooding data.

The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) is about translating climate policy into action ‘on the ground’ to bring about transformative change. Click on the panel labelled “Find your Place” then “Select a Local Authority” – (places not in alphabetical order!) East Hampshire

Campaign for Better Transport has a vision for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment.

Transport Action Network is a new organisation set up in 2019 with funding from the Foundation for Integrated Transport. Its purpose is to help support people and groups press for more sustainable transport in England and Wales.

Transition network is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

Hope for the Future   

Climate Outreach

Wildlife

See also AVLAN – Alton & Villages Local Action for Nature and Facebook page.

Plantlife – Wild flowers from the open spaces of our nature reserves to the corridors of government, works nationally and internationally to raise their profile, celebrate their beauty and to protect their future.

Froyle wildlife group was formed in 2014 partly as a follow on to a Parish Plan idea for a wildlife club. It aims to encourage awareness of local biodiversity and to enhance it. Anyone with an interest in wildlife is welcome to join.

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