No fracking and invest in renewables say campaigners

Members of Fossil Free North Yorkshire (FFNY), which opposes fracking and is calling on North Yorkshire County Council pension fund to stop investing in fossil fuel and reinvest in renewable energy projects, will be taking part in the York Environment Week from 24 September to 2 October.

A spokesperson for the Group Dr. Margaret Jackson said that a strong public response was needed following the government’s announcement on 8 September immediately lifting the fracking ban in England announced in 2019 and a new round of North Sea oil and gas exploration licences.

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Climate campaigners call for a global day of action

Barry White

A global day of action on the climate catastrophe, to urge governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and shift to a low-carbon economy is being called for by civil society groups around the world. It will take place on Saturday 12 November, the mid-point of the Cop27 UN climate talks, which run from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, hosted by the Egyptian government. However concerns have been expressed that protests in Egypt could be restricted in a country where the right to protest has been heavily curbed under the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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Energy saving exhibition at the Phone Box Gallery

By Gallery on the Green, Settle

The Gallery on the Green, housed in a former telephone box in Upper Settle, has teamed up with the local group Action on Climate Emergency – Settle and Area (ACE) to present an exhibition that addresses the two most pressing issues facing us: how to cope with ever increasing energy bills; and how to build a sustainable, affordable, equitable low carbon future.

The exhibition, which runs from September 10 to October 14, is the first held in the gallery, believed to be the world’s smallest art gallery, since re-painting work, which took place this summer. So whilst the outside is now bright red, for the next month the contents will be distinctly green. Our photo shows Paul Cochrane from ACE installing the exhibition. Continue reading “Energy saving exhibition at the Phone Box Gallery”

Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024

Barry White

After years of campaigning, the government has finally banned the sale of peat-based compost in our shops from 2024 (see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/27/englands-gardeners-to-be-banned-from-using-peat-based-compost). Along with other environmental campaigning organisations, Countryside Charity, the CPRE has long been warning of the severe environmental damage from selling peat in commercial compost, and after a consultation where over 95% of the public backed the ban, the government has agreed. Continue reading “Sales of peat for use on private gardens and allotments will be banned in England from 2024”

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