This website aims to be the go-to information space for all of the groups within the Brighton & Hove Climate Action Network, and for local campaigners and individuals wanting to know more or to get involved in events and actions.
It has been running for nearly a year now, and (we hope) has achieved some of this aim, but there is more that can be done to expand and develop the site as a resource to support and reflect climate action, however, the person who has been organising it fore the past year needs to step down from this and we are desperately looking for a person or people to help us with this.
The site is not hard to edit – no special knowledge, and anyone with standard computer skills should be able to manage this (Training and support available). More important perhaps is a passion and enthusiasm for the topic and an activists approach in seeking out subjects to share and bringing a tone of energy and action.
If this could be you, let us know.
Following the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to approve a fracking application at Kirby Misperton despite overwhelming local opposition, campaigners are applying for judicial review. The case is important, not just to local campaigners but regionally and nationally, because it could open the floodgates to other fracking applications.
To demonstrate the strength of the opposition to fracking, a demonstration has been called on 30th July in York. Yorkshire campaigners have been a lively presence at London climate change demonstrations – let’s support them in their fight against fracking!
The coach will be leaving Kings Cross, York Way at 8am, and departing York from St George’s Field carpark, Castle Mills Bridge, YO10 4AB at 3.30pm
As well as £25 tickets, we are also offering a subsidised rate of £10 for unwaged people who couldn’t afford the full price. If anyone would like to make a donation to help support this subsidy that would be great! (Campaign against Climate Change and Friends of the Earth will cover any outstanding cost).
To register for a place on the coach, click HERE
We want to make this the biggest ever rally against fracking in Yorkshire – and to do that, we need you! So please put the date in your diary – and bring your friends and family too!
There have been some important developments for those concerned about the impact of fracking on our climate, so we wanted to give you a heads up! As every, please get in touch if you have any questions.
Following the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to approve a fracking application at Kirby Misperton despite overwhelming local opposition, campaigners are applying for judicial review.
To demonstrate the strength of the opposition to fracking, a demonstration has been called on 30th July in York. Please come in support if you can. We are looking into arranging transport from London to the protest. If you are interested please contact email@example.com. Any other travel arrangements will be posted on the Facebook page.
You will probably have seen that after months delaying, the government has finally released the Committee on Climate Change’s report on the impact of fracking on the UK’s legally binding climate targets. The committee found that “exploiting shale gas by fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with UK climate targets unless three tests are met” (including tougher regulation and cuts to emissions elsewhere). The government has attempted to interpret these findings as support for the fracking industry. Read more about why we believe that the three tests will not be met – and that the government’s reckless attitude to fracking also applies to climate targets themselves.
Now more than ever, fracking campaigners and climate campaigners need to join together. Campaign against Climate Change will be helping organise public meetings around the country to help us learn from each other – contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in arranging one in your area.
Not far away from York, another area is under immediate threat from fracking. Campaigners are appealing for letters of objection to the County Council against a planning application from iGas for exploratory fracking near Blyth in the north of Nottinghamshire. Find out more about writing an effective objection to this application. The best way to object is to use the Council’s own web page. You can see the details of the application and then you must click on ‘click here to comment’. The main thing is to make sure that where it says ‘are you?’ the word objecting is visible.
To find out about other fracking-related events near you, the Drill or Drop website is a useful resource
Finally, a disappointing update from our last email. Despite vocal campaigning and an overwhelming case against, both for the climate and the local environment, the opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay was approved: described by one commentator as perhaps the worst environmental decision in modern British history. The fight to save Druridge Bay will continue; it’s still possible that Ministers could choose to call the decision in and reject it. What is obvious is that planning rules need to change so that coal is left in the ground and our climate commitments are taken seriously.
Claire and all at Campaign against Climate Change
Public meeting with
Film, international speakers & discussion
Wednesday 25th May
7 – 9pm
at the Cowley Club , 12 London Road, Brighton
We know burning coal causes climate change, but what do we know of its human and ecological impacts?
Vladimir Slivyak, from Ecodefense in Russia, is our main speaker. He will describe the struggles faced by people in the the Kuzbass area where most of coal reserves located, where public health is getting worse and indigenous people are being forced off their land.
Seb, from Colombian Solidarity Campaign will join us to discuss the situation in Colombia, which along with Russia and the USA are the main countries supplying the UK with coal. In Colombia people are being moved off their land and their water is being diverted to enable mega mines to expand.
Anne from the Coal Action Network will look at the situation for communities living in the UK coal fields and at the coal power stations.
Through this event you will discover the impacts of mining coal to feed UK power stations and about the resistance to these mines and UK coal infrastructure. It is being hosted by Coal Action Network and Brighton Climate Action Network.
Following on from Reclaim the Power’s End Coal Now camp and Germany’s Ende Gelaende actions we will look at how we can take action to close the remaining UK coal fired power stations and the mines which supply them.
Come along to find out more and how discuss how together we can end coal’s journey of destruction.
To find out more about the issues download our shocking report into the UK’s coal trade: coalaction.org.uk/ditchcoal
For full tour dates see coalaction.org.uk/tour
Look forward to seeing you,
Anne and Vladimir
At the start of May, a bunch of sturdy Brighton Canners headed west to Ffos-y-fran, South Wales to take part in a people’s shutdown of the UK’s largest open cast coalmine. Here is a short film about the action, which talks to local people to find out why so many oppose an expansion of the mine, and how thousands more jobs could be created in renewables than the paltry 150 at the mine.
For more about this action and the energy behind it, see Reclaim The Power/End Coal Now.
No more UK backtracking on climate!
March backwards down Whitehall
Sunday 8th May
Join us on the Big Lemon Coach
9.30am – Old Steine Gardens, Brighton
Book coach seats here:
This May, people all over the world are coming together to Break Free from fossil fuels. This week hundreds of climate campaigners, including members of BrightonCAN, descended on the UK’s biggest open-cast coal mine at Ffos-y-fran in South Wales – and closed it down!
See a video of the Reclaim the Power action here:
This Sunday we aim to keep up the pressure by supporting the Campaign Against Climate Change backwards march down Whitehall.
Perhaps you couldn’t spare the time to get to Wales but can spare part of this weekend to join the BrightonCAN contingent. A Big Lemon Coach which will depart from the Old Steine Gardens. Meet us there at 9.30am. We are offering subsidised transport to enable everyone to be able to come regardless of means. The minimum donation is £5, with a standard ticket being £10. If you are able to contribute more and would like to enable someone else to be able to come too, we are also offering Donation tickets at £20.
It is one year since the general election. The list of backtracking on climate action by this government is shocking – from renewables cuts to planning a massive new runway, from fossil fuel subsidies to cuts to warm homes funding. More information. We’ll be marching backwards to highlight the insanity of going backwards on climate change as our planet heats up. More details on the CACC website and on Facebook
You may have seen that over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, we will be taking on the UK fossil fuel industry and shutting down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in Ffos-y-fran (pictured above) in South Wales, near Methyr Tydfyll.
There will be a camp to reclaim common land close to the mine, with fun workshops and skill-sharing, and then we will collectively shut down the mine for a day. For more info have a look here, and for a wonderful video see here.
The Reclaim the Power trailer can be seen here www.facebook.com/ReclaimThePower/?fref=ts you should be able to see this without a facebook account.
MINIBUS FROM BRIGHTON
A minibus from Brighton will be leaving on Saturday, 30th April (time tbc), and returning on Tue May 3/Wed May 4. If you would like to reserve a seat – or, even better, can volunteer to help with driving – please email Andrea at: email@example.com ASAP
RIDE AGAINST COAL – TIME TO CYCLE
A Time to Cycle mass ride wiil be departing from London on Monday 25th April on a five-day climate ride to Ffos-y-fran, arrinving on 30th April. More details at: http://www.timetocycle.org/
DITCH COAL REPORT
To find out more about the devastating social and environmental impacts of the coal industry here and around the world, read the ‘Ditch Coal’ report. Its summary and infographics they are all available from the Coal Action Network’s website at www.coalaction.org.uk/ditchcoal
Everyone is welcome to join us for an Open Network meeting
at 7.30 pm on 13th April at the Synergy Centre
in West Street. We’ll be reporting on – and getting your ideas for – future local activities and the various national and international climate mobilisations. Bring your own wine, beer, or soft drinks – we’ll provide the glasses!
Items so far on the agenda will be:
Earth Day Brighton – Friday April 22nd from 6pm at the One Church on Gloucester Place
The Brighton & Hove Energy Service Co-operative (BHESCo) is hosting a free film screening and Question Time style debate to celebrate International Earth Day. The free event will include a screening of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness, followed by a Question Time style panel discussion about “What does a healthy and sustainable community look like”. The panel will consist of local experts from finance, energy, housing, environment, and food.
For more info on this event see HERE and to find out how you can help make it a success, come along to the network meeting on the 13th
Since May 2015 clean energy technology has been sidelined in favour of a dash for gas, susbsidies for clean energy have been cut (including the cut this week to solar thermal subsidy) and roads and runways have been pushed through despite strong local opposition. So what better way to mark the government’s one year anniversary than to march – backwards – down Whitehall?
There will be a Big Lemon bus going from Brighton to this event, picking up at Old Steine (Stop D, next to the Royal Bank of Scotland) at 9.00 and returning for around 6.30.
The standard fare is £10, concessions £5, donation rate £20. Please pay the donation rate if you can to help us cover the cost of subsidies for concessions.
More about the network event will be released shortly. Check back here for details or sign up for our regular campaign newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org