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News from Coventry Climate Action Network

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Below, you'll find news and articles added to the Coventry Climate Action Network website CovCAN.uk during the past week plus some forthcoming events related to climate change.

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Forthcoming Events

Click here to see the list of forthcoming climate-change related events.

Amazon Rainforest on Fire

Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil - the most intense for almost a decade. Wildfires often occur in the dry season in Brazil but they are also deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching. More than 2,500 fires were active on 22 August and their smoke has darkened the skies of São …
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Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) is a collaboration of leading global cities working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-100% by 2050 or sooner — the most aggressive GHG reduction targets undertaken anywhere by any city. Check out our CNCA member city profiles below. Each profile features the CNCA member city's targets and timelines and its latest game changing …
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Lausanne Plans to be Carbon Neutral by 2030

The Swiss city of Lausanne has today published a plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. As a pioneering city in the field of sustainability and energy policy, Lausanne intends to play a driving and inciting role in the fight against global warming and set itself a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. To achieve this, the Municipality proposes by …
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Ideas for Possible CovCAN Activities

For the current list of suggested ideas for what CovCAN could do to promote knowledge and action on climate change, see this document. To suggest more ideas use the Comments form at the bottom of this page.
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Community Fridges

A Community Fridge is a fridge where people can deposit and collect unwanted food. In Coventry, Queens Road Baptist Church has a Community Fridge and Larder. Another example was installed in Brixton in 2017. Known as the People's Fridge, it cost £2000 and was paid for by crowd funding. The fridge was inspired by similar ideas in Spain, Germany and India. …
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Olio App - Reduce food waste

OLIO is a free app that runs on Android and Apple devices that lets you connect with your neighbours and local shops so that surplus food, and other household items can be shared with each other, not thrown away. Everything on OLIO is free. How to use OLIO: • To add, simply snap a photo of your item with a …
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Plastic Cups at the University of Warwick

In September 2018, the University introduced a new pricing initiative in Warwick cafés to incentivise customers to use reusable cups, therefore decreasing single cup consumption on the University campus and ultimately reducing negative impact on the environment. To aid the transition to a more environmentally friendly approach to consuming hot drinks on campus, cafés sold reusable and eco-friendly cups for …
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Your Rubbish

Your Rubbish helps all residents living in Coventry know what, when and how to recycle and dispose of their waste. Do you ever forget to put your bins out? Maybe you're sometimes unsure whether to put out the blue-lidded recycling bin or the brown-lidded garden waste bin? Or are you ever unsure whether you can recycle certain items of rubbish? Your …
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Mustard Seed Home Education Group Video

This video was made by Mustard Seeds Home Education Group in Coventry prior to the COP21 summit in Paris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBJdahVZNmo
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Can capturing carbon buy us time to tackle climate change?

This BBC radio broadcast from the World Service series People Fixing the World was first broadcast on 11 June 2019. Download here.
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The Concrete Cleaners

This BBC radio broadcast from the World Service series People Fixing the World was first broadcast on 20 August 2019. Concrete is the most used man-made product in the world but it comes with a heavy environmental price. Between 5% and 7% of the world's annual carbon emissions come from producing the cement that glues concrete together. Most of these …
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Putting a price on carbon

This BBC radio broadcast from the World Service series People Fixing the World was first broadcast on 6 August 2019. For most of human history, pumping carbon dioxide into the air has come free of charge. Burning fossil fuels powered the industrial revolution and powers most industries to this day. But all that carbon stays up in the atmosphere and …
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Banking Investments in Fossil Fuels

Councils across the UK are investing more than £16 billion in the fossil fuel industry according to the Campaign Against Climate Change. Maxime of Fossil Free Coventry has produced the following summary of information about the value of the investment of banks with branches in Coventry in fossil fuels and the number of their ecocide projects . Ecocide is “loss …
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Fossil Free Coventry

Fossil Free Coventry is part of the Fossil Free movement which promotes divesting from the fossil fuel industry. This helps to change perception of the industry, and it's something that consumers can get involved in. https://youtu.be/dFAH2k0qRTQ Divestment is the opposite of an investment – it simply means getting rid of stocks, bonds, or investment funds that are unethical or morally ambiguous. …
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Peat Fires Across the Arctic

Large swathes of peat are on fire around the Arctic Circle. Parts of Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and Canada are engulfed in flames and smoke. Many are large enough to be seen from space. They are not only caused by global warming but they will themselves contribute significantly to it. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said wildfires began at the start …
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