North Yorkshire County Council Election – Settle Candidates Quizzed on the Climate Emergency

Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and area has written to the three candidates standing in the Settle Penyghent division election on 5th May. ACE is seeking their views on what they would do about the climate emergency if elected for the final year of the county council and then as the representative for the first four years of the new single council – the new unitary authority North Yorkshire Council.

The four questions and candidate answers are detailed below. Continue reading “North Yorkshire County Council Election – Settle Candidates Quizzed on the Climate Emergency”

Energy Crisis and Communities

Communities around the country are delivering their own alternative local energy strategies to tackle the energy crisis, save money and reduce emissions now. In contrast, the UK government’s Energy Security Strategy, published on 7th April, failed to address the energy crisis and home energy efficiency in the short term. Instead, as the first policy update of its kind in a decade, it set new targets for offshore wind, promised more nuclear power stations and support for green hydrogen. It also follows the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has given us just 3 years to reverse the increase in emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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Could Settle become a Fair Trade town?

Melanie Fryer

Skipton has been a Fair Trade town since July 2014 and I want Settle to receive the same status.  The ACE Food group will be looking at how this could be supported. The idea behind Fair Trade means the farmers and producers receive a fair price with a direct partnership between buyers and producers, farmers and their families have a reliable way to improve their livelihood.

Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.

Fair Trade promotes healthy systems that improve soil fertility and preserves valuable ecosystems.

The climate emergency is already hitting them hard, even though they did the least to cause it. Crops are failing, extreme weather is more frequently ruining harvests and plant diseases caused by the changing climate are ever more common.

The Coronavirus pandemic poses a big threat to these rural communities around the world too. Often with limited health care services, farmers and workers also face a highly uncertain future and collapsing markets.

Fairtrade is one way to make a difference, through choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark every time you shop.

Now is the time to choose a fair trade Easter Egg – it puts more money in the hands of cocoa farmers.  These farmers should, at least, earn enough for essential medicinal care, decent food and education for their families.

Cocoa farmers are also on the front of the climate crisis, with cocoa especially vulnerable to climate change.

More about Skipton and Fairtrade at: https://www.cravendec.org.uk/fairtrade.html

Melanie Fryer heads up ACE’s Food Group – more at:  http://acesettleandarea.org/food/

Support for Wind Power at its Highest

Sarah Wiltshire

Public support for onshore wind is at odds with the UK government’s new nuclear policy. An Opinium poll for the Observer carried out following the government’s Energy Security Strategy, published last Thursday, has as many as three quarters of those surveyed supporting onshore wind power. In contrast to the promotion of nuclear power as the first option by the government.

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