Join climate activists from across the country in a discussion on how to Stop Local Government abandoning the Climate Agenda! This will involve people working with (and against?) Local Government. It is being held at the Quad Arts Centre, in Derby, on Saturday, the 11th January, 12 noon to 4 pm. The event is free: reserve a place.
The event is being organised by Derby Climate Coalition, with the support of the Midlands Co-op Movement, the Campaign against Climate Change, the Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN), and the Act! Alliance.
Chris Church from LCCN, Charles Secrett from ACT! (and former head of Friends of the Earth), an Officer from Derby City Council, Darren Hall member of the Bristol Green Capital of Europe 2015 team and Ken Montague from the Campaign against Climate Change will be taking part. Activists from Brent, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield should also be there.
Phone 07876595993 for more information.
The Derby City Climate Strategy has been recently published and the group will be looking at it, as well as what other councils are doing.
Despite the gravity of the climate situation we have seen national and local government reducing commitments to combating climate change. Without a national lead, coupled with massive reductions in funding and resources, local governments are also finding it hard to ensure that the climate message is being heard and hard to sustain related activities. This is despite the opportunities for growth in the green economy.
Strands for Discussion:
• Learning from Bristol, European Green Capital for 2015: Introduced by a member of the 2015 team.
• Report from various areas (including Manchester, Derby, Brent, Sheffield) on climate activities and the interface with local government.
• Looking at examples of Local Government Climate strategies.
• What is happening to recycling?
• Fracking and local government: success in getting local government to oppose fracking.
• Empowering local government: the need for a political campaign.
• Building climate networks.
The event will be preceded (at 11.30 am) by a short visit to the site of the Council’s Hydro-plant on the River Derwent, which supplies the Council with much of its own electricity.