2020-December-5th

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News from Coventry Climate Action Network

Hello reader,

Below, you'll find news, articles and other stuff added to the Coventry Climate Action Network website CovCAN.uk during the past month.

For a list of forthcoming events, click here.

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

Philip Brown
philip@unacov.uk

How Coventry Climate Action Network was formed

This website was created following a meeting with Coventry Councillors on 23 April 2019 at which we explained three requests that Coventry students had made at a meeting we organised in March. The earlier meeting was intended to allow students who were on strike for climate to talk to councillors. Around 40 students attended that event but unfortunately only one …
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Whoberley Declares Climate Emergency

There are many people, such as Dr Alastair Smith of the University of Warwick, who would like Coventry City Council to join the others in the UK and elsewhere which have declared a Climate Emergency. They see the benefit of this would be to raise awareness of the issue among the general public and give credence to those campaigners, such …
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Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilisation Campaign

A network of climate emergency action advocates in Australia has created a global campaign to persuade national and local governments around the world to declare a climate emergency and mobilise society-wide resources at sufficient scale and speed to protect civilisation, the economy, people, species, and ecosystems. Their key goal elements are: Building public awareness that we are in a climate emergency which …
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Creating a Local Council Petition

Coventry City Council is happy to receive petitions from those who live, work or study in Coventry. The Council recognises that it has a duty to listen to the concerns of residents and others who have a stake in the City. Petitions can be collected on paper or via the e-petitions website. Some Key of Rules Petitions submitted to the …
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How to Measure My Carbon Footprint?

UNA Coventry has been doing some research on how a household can measure its carbon footprint. Numerous websites are available, each adopting a different approach and so each giving a different result. So far we have not found any that can give a completely accurate picture. We will return to this important topic again in the months to come, but …
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UK Student Climate Network

Their website https://ukscn.org/ says UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) was set up by a small group of under-18s who are taking to the streets to protest the government’s lack of action on the Climate Crisis. We are partnering with many groups to create a strong movement of students to send a message that we are tired of being ignored. We were inspired by the …
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Climate Action Network West Midlands

Climate Action Network West Midlands (CANWM) grew out of the world's largest climate action in September 2014.  Some of the people who met at events throughout the region kept in touch because we learned that: we are stronger together most people now understand that climate breakdown is real and burning fossil fuels is the cause we must act now to …
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Coventry CAN

Coventry Climate Action Network (Coventry CAN) was first launched in 2016 by members of staff at Warwick University Toxic Expertise project, including India Foster. We are hoping to integrate this website with their work in the near future. Their website explains: We wanted to make connections between local and global scales of research and engagement, showing how climate change, the …
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Campaign against Climate Change

As well as the following links to educational materials about climate change for use in schools, the Campaign against Climate Change (based in London) has useful information on the current impacts of climate change, a good blog, ways to take action and lots of other useful information. Follow them on Twitter @campaigncc Resources How to talk to kids about climate …
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Scottish 2050 Climate Group

Engage, educate and empower Scotland’s young people to take action on climate change. We are a youth run and primarily volunteer-led organisation with a team of over 60 volunteers based across Scotland. Our committed Board focuses on the strategic aims of the organisation while developing new, exciting opportunities (like Malawi’s Climate Leaders project). Our operational team members run the day …
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Free Online Project Management

Project Management tools help you to plan a project. Normally you would list out the key tasks you need to achieve, assign each task to somebody, set target dates, organised dependencies so you can see which task depend on others being finished before they start and so on. Project management is a skill in demand by many employers. The following …
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Climate Change Project Ideas

Here are some ideas for projects to be run by school students who want to make their peers more aware of active in fighting against climate change. ECOSOC Youth Forum https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/ecosoc-youth-forum The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum is an annual initiative of the President of the Council. It has evolved into a key platform where young people can …
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Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet. For nearly 25 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award. Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as …
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Climate Change Strategy 2008

In 2008 Coventry City Council published its Climate Change Strategy which included 9 objectives. It has been successful in delivering at least one of these (see below). But the status of several other objectives remains unclear, for example: 3. To ensure that every school in Coventry is registered to the Eco-Schools programme and that 50 percent achieve and maintain the Eco-Schools “Green …
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Coventry City Council Tackling Climate Change in 2010

The document "City wide domestic and behavioural change carbon action plan" was produced by the City Council in conjunction with The Energy Saving Trust local authority one-to-one support programme and published in March 2010. It begins Vision We at Coventry City Council recognise the impact on global climate from carbon dioxide emissions arising from our energy related activities. We recognise the …
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Net Zero by 2050

In a report published on 2 May, the Committee on Climate Change recommends the UK becomes net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. A net-zero GHG target for 2050 will deliver on the commitment that the UK made by signing the Paris Agreement. It is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives, and within the expected economic cost that Parliament …
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House of Commons Declares a Climate Emergency - Video

On 1 May 2019 the House of Commons passed a Labour Party motion declaring a climate emergency. More information is given below the video. https://youtu.be/jqJ56LUCCgY The full text of the debate can be found here and here. The motion was as follows That this House declares an environment and climate emergency following the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate …
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Committee on Climate Change

The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established by the UK government under the Climate Change Act 2008. Their purpose is to advise the government and devolved administrations on emissions targets and report to parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. Strategic priorities In fulfilling this role their …
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Is Coventry City Council Doing Enough About Climate Change?

Climate Change Strategy In 2008 Coventry City Council published its Climate Change Strategy which included 9 objectives. It has been successful in delivering at least one of these. But most are of doubtful success. Council Successes The council's greatest success in reaching its Climate Change Strategy aims is that it has achieved a reduction in greenhouse gas emission of 46% …
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Climate Action Network International

The Climate Action Network International (CANI) is a worldwide network of over 1100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CANI members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate …
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Green Electricity

FIRST GET A SMART METER _ IT IS FREE!!  Buy Green Electricity. http://www.greenelectricity.org/ http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/switching-utilities/buying-green-electricity http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/energy/greenelectricitysuppliers.aspx Even Better, Have Solar PV Panels, A Heatpump or A Wind Mill installed; The government have support schemes: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/electricity/solar-panels https://www.gov.uk/feed-in-tariffs/overview
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Save Water

Save Water at Home and in the Garden GET A WATER METER – IT IS FREE!!!: https://www.stwater.co.uk/help-and-contact/faqs/how-can-i-get-a-water-meter/ How to save water: https://www.stwater.co.uk/my-supply/save-water/ Freebies for water saving: https://www.savewatersavemoney.co.uk/severntrent/free-water-saving-products
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Buy an Electric Car

Buy an Electric Car or Van. * Purchase price is higher but running expense including repairs much lower: http://www.thechargingpoint.com/knowledge-hub/hot-topics/Electric-car-costs.html * NO or Lower TAX !!! https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-exempt-from-vehicle-tax * Save Money on Fuel - Only A Few £ to Charge !!! http://www.thechargingpoint.com/beginners-guide.html * New Models Have a Range Similar to Petrol Cars – No Reasons to Wait!!! http://ukelectriccars.co.uk/ * Government Grant for …
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Use Public Transport

Use Public transportation when possible. It saves energy: http://www.energysavingsecrets.co.uk/publictransportvsprivatetransportthedebate.html  It makes us happier: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11095120/Getting-the-bus-or-train-to-work-makes-us-happier-than-driving-study-finds.html It also saves money: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/use-your-car-less/why-use-public-transport
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Insulate Your Home

Insulate your home and optimize your energy use. Why live in a drafty, cold and unpleasant home, when you can also save money on heating by insulating: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation
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Eat Less Meat

Meat costs a lot of energy to produce, and cows in addition also produce the greenhouse gas methane. Generally, poultry and fish are less harmful to the environment, and most people in the UK eat more meat that necessary for good health. Generally, we eat more meat than recommended - Link. Meatless Monday One Meal a Day (without meat) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/03/eating-less-meat-curb-climate-change …
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Avoid Food Waste

Food waste is a huge problem in our society. It has been estimated that a third of all food is wasted worldwide, and food waste account for approximately 3.3 billion tons emitted greenhouse gasses. The waste has an enormous impact on our environment. Avoiding food waste can save a lot of money, benefit the environment and again it is easy. Here are …
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Walk or Bicycle

Once we have a car we tend to drive everywhere. However, the reality is that many of the trips we make easily can be done walking or bicycling. Not only does it save fuel and money, and prevents climate change, it is also good for you. Walking for 20-30 minutes a day is sufficient to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.   Getting …
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LED Bulbs

Change to LEDs at Home and at Work -  One of the easiest ways to save energy and a significant amount of money is to replace the bulbs in our home and at work with LED bulbs. LEDs seem expensive to buy, but the reduction in electricity usage is so great that the savings quickly compensate for the purchase price. …
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Recycle, Reuse, Repair

There are many ways we can reduce our footprint on this planet. Recycling is one of them. We are currently recycling most of our household waste here in Warwickshire. Spending a few minutes every week, making sure that the waste is sorted correctly, and taking our waste apart so it can be sorted correctly is important and easy. Here are …
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10 Easy Ways

10 Easy Ways to Help Save Energy, Save Money in the Process and Prevent Climate Change Click on the Images below
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People & Planet

People & Planet is the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social and environmental justice Their website says: We envision a future in which spiraling inequality, instability, climate crisis and resource depletion are reversed, and a world in which the balance of power in society has fundamentally shifted away from the few to the many. Our mission …
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Bankrupt Climate Change Campaign

Bankrupt Climate Change is a campaign run by momentum and People & Planet to pressure Barclays Bank to stop funding the fossil fuel companies Note that momentum is a political organisation supporting the Labour Party. The Bankrupt Climate Change website says: If we’re serious about preventing catastrophic warming, this means we can’t build any more fossil fuel infrastructure. Rather than …
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Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy Their website says: We specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. We publish a wide range of content, including science explainers, interviews, analysis and …
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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust was established for the public benefit to maintain, establish, enhance or otherwise protect sites to benefit their botanical, geological or zoological interest and to promote, organise, carry on and encourage study and research for the advancement of knowledge and education in the natural sciences. They look after over 65 nature reserves, create Living Landscapes - by working …
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Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Video

On 6 May 2019 the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) launched its Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to representatives of 132 Governments at a media conference held in Paris. The event was live-streamed on the Internet so that journalists around the world could ask questions. This video includes all the slides shown by …
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Centre for Climate Repair Announced

According to media reports, Cambridge University is planning to establish a Centre for Climate Repair which will investigate and set up demonstrations of radical approaches to reducing carbon emissions, approaches such as refreezing the Earth's poles and removing CO2 from the atmosphere. The Centre will be led by Emily Shuckburgh, who previously worked for the British Antarctic Survey, who is also …
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Video by Kezia Smith

On 23 April, Lincoln University student Kezia Smith travelled from Lincoln to attend the meeting between students who had taken part in the Global Student Strike for Climate and Coventry City Councillors. Her video includes an account of this visit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18wqOTTOE1w&t=2s
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Summary of Coventry Students Desired Actions on Climate Change

This is a 16 minute summary of Coventry student requests to Coventry City Council for action on Climate Change. It was recorded at Climate Emergency Forum held in Coventry Council House on 15 March 2019 organised by United Nations Association Coventry Branch. There is an annotated video of the whole event here. A list of the main points is given …
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