CPRE, the countryside charity, has just published a report showing how we can end the era of isolation and car dependence across rural England. This can be achieved with a world-leading bus network that reaches every village, every hour from 6am to midnight, seven days a week; see: https://www.cpre.org.uk/news/our-report-shows-a-bus-every-village-every-hour-is-possible/ They want decision makers to know this is not just possible, but that people should settle for nothing less and have also launched a petition to make this a reality.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is delighted to host a webinar to mark the launch of a new book; ‘Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown’ by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton. This will take place on Tuesday 27th April at 16.30-18.00 (BST) via Zoom. The event will mark the launch of this book which offers a radical manifesto for how to deal with environmental breakdown. In the age of environmental breakdown, the political status quo is struggling to adequately respond to the devastating and inequitably distributed consequences of the environmental emergency. We urgently need an alternative to bring about the rapid transformation of our social and economic systems. As we rebuild our lives in the wake of Covid-19 and face the challenges of ecological disaster, how can we bring into being a world fit for life? Planet on Fire offers a detailed and achievable manifesto for a new politics capable of tackling environmental breakdown.
On 11th February Leeds City Council approved Leeds/Bradford Airport expansion, see http://acesettleandarea.org/academics-call-on-government-to-intervene-on-airport-expansion/. This includes increasing passenger numbers, extending daytime flying hours and permitting noisier planes, and an unlimited number of planes, to take off between 23.30 and 06.00 hours.
Leeds City Council signed the UK100 Net Zero Pledge and committed to make the Leeds District carbon net zero by 2045. However, from 2026 an expanded airport would pump out more emissions than are allowed in the carbon budget for the whole of Leeds!
Growing the green recovery was discussed on Saturday 13 March at a virtual conference organised by Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and area. Last autumn’s ACE conference ‘Making the Most of the Green Recovery’ heard presentations and discussed ideas around ‘building back better’. This conference took the next step by discussing how these and other ideas could be put into practice.