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News from Coventry Climate Action Network

Hello reader,

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.

Please send me any news or information you would like to add to the site.

Philip Brown

Forthcoming Events

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

Lausanne Climate Declaration

This is a joint statement of 400 activists from 38 countries who met in Lausanne, Switzerland, from the 5th to the 9th of August 2019. The Summer Meeting in Lausanne Europe (SMILE) was organised by Fridays For Future. Note that on 22nd August Lausanne declared it would be carbon neutral by 2030. Declaration of Intent We have come together in …
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"UK Needs Persuasive Political Leadership" - UK Chief Environment Scientist

Professor Sir Ian Boyd, UK's Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has warned that "persuasive political leadership" is needed to carry the public through the challenge of meeting the net zero emissions target. In an interview with BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin just before he left his post at DEFRA, Boyd said the …
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Reyousable is apparently based in Warwickshire, although we have been unable to verify this since their website lacks a business address. They sell a wide range of "sustainable and stylish alternatives to single use plastic" products. According to an article on the BlueGreen website, Stonemonkey Yoga Cafe and Spa Town Coffee in Leamington stock Reyousable’s products.
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Green Week

For the past few years the University of Warwick and Warwick Student Union, Coventry University, Coventry University Student Union, Coventry City Council, Warwick District Council and Action 21 have worked together to engage university departments, businesses, schools, charities and community groups across the region to bring you a week of educational events and talks as well as activities galore during …
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Coventry City of Culture 2021

Coventry has won the title of UK City of Culture for 2021. It’s time for our city to take centre stage and show the world all that Coventry has to offer. The activity is being run by Coventry City of Culture Trust, an independent charity that has been set up to manage the process and take the city on this …
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Positive Images Festival

The Positive Images Festival takes place every year in June, celebrating the best of Coventry’s heritage with an packed programme of events spread over three weeks. This includes a multicultural craft and food fair and an information fair about a wide diversity of community groups. More information from their website and Facebook.
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Coventry and Warwick Universities Environmental Ranking

People & Planet’s University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance. Until 2019 it has been compiled annually by the UK’s largest student campaigning network, People & Planet. However there is a risk that this year will be the last. So how did the two universities based in Coventry …
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Now Or Never

Clean Up Britain is a national UK organisation specialising in changing anti-social environmental behaviours - especially littering and fly-tipping. In 2018 they launched their 'Now or Never' campaign in Leamington. They say this is "the most comprehensive and multi-faceted anti-litter behavioural change campaign ever in the UK." During the campaign they will be tackling litter head on, and other important, …
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Coventry Litter Action

Trevor Teale organises litter picking events and advertises them and other useful information on the Facebook group. He invites you to let him know of nature reserves, parks and open spaces, roadside verges, wooded and urban green areas that could benefit from an hour or two of litter picking each month. Post your suggestions on the Facebook group.
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Coventry Green Drinks

Green Drinks is active in over 500 cities worldwide! Green Drinks started in 1990 and is fundamentally about face to face interaction. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new connections. Tripta organises a Green Drinks evening on the last Thursday of the month except December. The group meets at 5.30pm-8.30pm in …
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West Midlands Pension Fund Divestment

A group that are asking West Midlands Pension Fund (WMPF) to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry and reinvest this money into clean energy, local infrastructure, or fossil free investments. To help make this happen they are asking each of the seven local councils (including Coventry), whose employees' pensions are held by the West Midlands Pension Fund, to …
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Nuneaton Crisp Packet Recycling (and more!)

This Facebook group says: This is an official Terracycle drop off point, run from my home 45, Atholl Crescent, CV10 7PB. There are green bins by my front door where you can drop off your recyclable rubbish. Accepted Waste: Now accepting: Crisp packets, all brands, sizes and multipack bags Toothbrushes and electric brush heads and their packaging Toothpaste tubes and caps Personal …
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Coventry recycling crisp packets and extras

Having found that crisp packets and other plastic items that are put into the blue-lidded wheelie-bins supplied by Coventry City Council are not actually recycled but burned, Michelle Mcmanus set up boxes outside her home where anyone can deposit them plus and the outers that multi packs come in and other items. They will be sent to make garden furniture. …
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Plastic Free Coventry

Plastic Free Coventry is a community project facilitated by the charity Surfers Against Sewage. Did you know that every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans? That 320,000,000 metric tons of plastic generated globally in 2016? And that this is set to double by 2034? And perhaps worst of all, that 1 in …
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Coventry & Warwickshire Zero Waste Group

This Facebook group is aimed at people trying to reduce their waste and live more sustainably. Visitors can share ideas, finds and wins, ask questions, post photos and generally support one another.
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Ryton Organic Gardens

Ryton Organic Gardens is the UK's national charity promoting organic growing. The charity brings together thousands of people who share a common belief - that organic growing is essential for a healthy and sustainable world. Through campaigning, advice, community work and research, its aim is to get everyone growing ‘the organic way’. Visitors can see food growing organically, visit the …
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Zero Store

As mothers, we are keenly aware of what kind of planet we want our children to be able to grow up in. Returning from a first shopping trip to the local fruit and veg shop with no plastic wrapped produce was a brilliant feeling that lasted only as long as it took to get to the main supermarket to do …
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Coventry Climate Action Network (CovCAN) is a network of networks where students, activists individual citizens, politicians, business people and anyone else concerned about climate change can discuss how to encourage others to make changes that will help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. It was formed by the United Nations Association Coventry Branch because fighting climate change is central to what the …
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Cogs of Coventry

Coventry Organically Grown Supplies (COGS) will sell locally produced, organic produce in Coventry Market, CV1 3HT. Cogs are the small parts that make large machines work. They all contribute to the overall function. In the same way, COGS is a recognition that we are all needed to be a part of a bigger thing and everything we do as individuals, …
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How much CO2 do you generate every day?

The average man, woman and child living in the United Kingdom directly or indirectly generates about 22 kilograms of greenhouse gases per day. This is equivalent to the weight of the average 7 year old child . This can be broken down as follows. Origin of CO2 Kilograms per person in UK per day Transport 5.1 Electricity 4.2 Breathing (assuming …
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