Thursday, 17 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
(article received via email from the 10:10 campaign)
The Conservatives have pledged to sign up central Government to 10% cuts in 2010 if elected. Our very own Eugenie Harvey says: “Today's announcement from the Tories is truly remarkable. This would mean that all central Government buildings, from Big Ben to Belmarsh Prison will follow the inspiring example set by families, businesses, schools, and faith groups across the country in making an ambitious 10% emissions reduction in 2010. In less than 100 days, the 50,000 strong 10:10 community has shown what real climate leadership looks like.”
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first 10:10 City
MP for Stoke-on-Trent North Joan Walley with 10:10 Campaign Director Eugenie Harvey
A huge 10:10 welcome to the historic city of Stoke-on-Trent, which last night became the first city to sign up en masse to the campaign.
At an amazing launch event at St Margaret Ward school, scores of local business and organisations joined local MP Joan Walley to pledge their support for 10:10. As Head Teacher Chris Smith told the crowd, "The thing that is so compelling about 10:10 is it encourages us all to take responsibility." (read more about the Stoke signup event here).
From Port Vale and Stoke City Football Clubs to Staffordshire Police and the Fire Brigade Union, and from the British Ceramics Confederation to the little High Lane Oatcake Shop, people are working together to build a cleaner, greener future for their city. The atmosphere in Stoke used to be filled with carbon pollution from coal mines, steel mills and pottery kilns. Now it is now alive with just the kind of eco-inspiration we hope will spread across Britain over the year ahead.
Stoke-on-Trent: 10:10 salutes you. Where will be next to step up to the 10:10 challenge...?
Warmest wishes from
Eugenie, Daniel, Leo, Franny, Mal, Harriet, Tracey, Alexis, Ben, Duncan, Steven, Robin, Tamsin, Charlie, Tom, Nick and everyone else at 10:10.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
After a rather intensive one week carbon cleanse, and a gruelling battle with my local MP and the labour party who missed an important opportunity for cutting carbon emissions next year, I've been on a short hiatus from my climate blog for the past two weeks.
However, with only a month left until the international climate talks in Copenhagen I though it was time to renew everyone's awareness of the importance of the Copenhagen summit, and also to inform you of our last stand in our fight for binding targets to lower the concentration of carbon in our atmosphere to below 350 ppm. "The Wave" will be taking part in London on the 5th of December, take a look at the site for all of the options that are available for getting there.
Monday, 26 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
I've set myself a very specific goal for Day 2 of the No Impact Experiment. I'm aiming to generate no waste at all whilst I am at work. We'll also be addressing waste at home as the project continues, but the focus for today is doing everything possible to prevent making waste that goes into the bin.
One part of the No Impact Week is to take action on an environmental issue. There are many suggestions of how you could achieve this. See the No Impact Manual for some ideas, and also look at the discussion of what is going on over at the No Impact Experiment message boards.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Blogs have become a powerful tool in modern communication. Distant family and friends can follow each other’s lives, people can interact and express themselves more, and non-geographic communities are being formed and are growing.
Blogs bring independent news from every corner of the world, freedom of speech is spreading to places where voices have been repressed and online communities are slowly bringing our leaders to account.
A cure for democracy?
A well-connected citizenry is fundamental for a healthy democracy. Al Gore concludes his book “The Assault on Reason” with the observation that “Our self-government is based on the ability of individual citizens to use reason in holding their elected representatives, senators, and presidents accountable for their actions”. Internet communities, blogs and independent news are an antidote to the propaganda and controlled spin that floods the mass media. Democracy had become a one-way communication, with information for the electorate being passed on through television news and advertising. But, the misconception that democracy is only about listening to spin and making a single vote is starting to heal and we are seeing a much stronger dialog emerging directly between our leaders and the people who hold them accountable.
No where are the results of this transformation more apparent than on the issue of Climate Change. The overwhelming outcry of the public (uniting through blogs and email groups) is winning out over the entrenched interests of the old energy lobbies and we have found our collective voice. The success of recent campaigns (Global Wakeup Call, TckTckTck campaign, 10:10
UK/Global , ... ) is paving the way for successful negations at the Copenhagen summit in December.
Making it happen
Twelve years ago (1997) the Kyoto protocol was slow to get countries onboard. Australia did not ratify the treaty until the end of 2007, and the US and Alaska never did commit to the carbon reductions, with President Obama planning to find a new agreement in Copenhagen this December.
Only continued pressure, from us all, will make committing to a binding treaty easier than not doing so. Initiatives like 10:10 (see below) are making a real impact. My member of parliament knows I will hold him accountable, and that knowledge ensures that this issue is important for receiving votes at in the next election.
Right now, there are important actions you can take to engage in our democracies and get a better deal for the environment:
USA: The Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill is a really strong bill, and it needs your help if it is going to pass the senate. Contact your senator today by phone or email and let them know you support this important piece of legislation.
Canada: Prime minster Harper is dragging his feet on Climate Change. So much so that the Climate Action Network gave him the “Colossal
Fossil" award for having done more than any other country to drag down talks at the UN climate negotiations. Contact your member of parliament and get in touch with Environment Minister Jim Prentice: get them to put pressure on Prime Minister Harper to attend Copenhagen and commit to a Fair, Ambitious and Binding deal for the climate.
UK: Has your MP signed the 10:10 pledge to cut their personal carbon emissions by 10% in 2010? Mine has! Let them know we hold them personally accountable on climate change, and that we’ll all be doing our bit too. There is now also a Global 10:10 campaign.
The next global climate campaign is on 24th October.
Take a look at what is happening over at 350.org
How can I cut my personal emissions?Just how hard is it to save money and save the environment?! Follow me on my own project as I aim to become Carbon Neutral by 2012. Next week I’ll be conducting my own No Impact Experiment. So please follow along at www.carbonneutral.me.uk
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Thank you for your letter dated 6th October. I commend you on your actions to personally combat climate change, and I look forward to hearing what actions you take to achieve a further cut of 10% in your emissions next year.
I am concerned that my email communication and many others like it results in a reply being sent by post. Even on recycled paper, if this is common practice then it is a terrible waste of resources (production, printing and transport) when an electronic reply could have be made in turn.
I would like to know whether the labour party has a ‘think before you print’ policy, and also whether you could, on our behalf, contact the relevant office to ensure that email communications, by default, are replied to by email. The same letter could be sent as a pdf attachment to retain the current formatting.
I request future replies be by email, and I look forward to your response,
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
With 70 days remaining until Copenhagen (7th Dec 2009), climate activists are demanding change. Individuals, organisations and politicians are united and demanding a Fair, Ambitious and Binding deal. World leaders are beginning to listen, and waking up to the possibility of finding lasting solutions. The Obama administration proposed rules that will increase the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by 40%. China has reputedly pledged to plant a forest the size of Norway and Gordon Brown published an article on the importance of the December climate talks in Newsweek.