Earth Overshoot Day

Richard Boothman

Though the primary focus of ACE is on climate breakdown, it is clear that many of our pressing environmental problems are linked. One of the many issues we have to contend with is depletion of natural resources. This means we are using minerals faster than they can be replenished through natural regeneration. Even some renewable resources, such as timber, are being used more quickly than new trees can be planted or grow. We are also diminishing the ability of the earth and its atmosphere to cope with our waste products, particularly carbon dioxide.

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‘Keep it in the ground’ say East Yorkshire campaigners

Barry White

Fossil Free East Yorkshire has described plans to drill for oil and gas as ‘utter madness’ and has launched a campaign to stop proposals to exploit an estimated 189 billion cubic metres of gas and 31 million barrels of oil lying below countryside near the Yorkshire coast. Oil and gas extraction is already taking place near the village of West Newton, nine miles from the port of Hull.

Rathlin Energy, the company involved, has applied for planning permission to East Riding of Yorkshire Council, based in Beverley, to drill more wells, which opponents say will triple the size of the operation. A public consultation on the planning application is taking place and the council says that all comments received during the consultation period will be considered when preparing the report to go before planning committee.

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Channel 4 exposes ExxonMobil’s lobbying against climate change legislation

Barry White

A senior ExxonMobil lobbyist has been captured on camera revealing how the oil giant is using its power and influence to water down US climate legislation, yesterday’s Channel 4 News revealed (https://www.channel4.com/news/revealed-exxonmobils-lobbying-war-on-climate-change-legislation).

The recordings appear to reveal the secretive behind-the-scenes activities of a lobbyist for a company that claims in public to support the Paris climate agreement, while working against legislative attempts to tackle efforts to tackle climate change in the United States, the  undercover investigation by Unearthed has found (https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2021/06/30/exxon-climate-change-undercover/ ).

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Call to action: organising for health for a green new deal

Barry White and Medact Leeds

Earlier this year, health workers and students in Leeds took action to stop the expansion of the Leeds Bradford Airport. The action spread and articles were posted on this web site. Medact Leeds thanks all who helped to push the government to review the decision.

The campaigning group continues to organise for health and climate justice. To start this off, we are excited to invite you to an online event on Thursday 1st of July, 7pm – 8.30pm. We will be discussing the Health for a Green New Deal campaign and developing plans for further local actions in Leeds. We look forward to seeing you there and building a thriving community of people involved in health and social care in Leeds! Many of the ideas discussed are likely to be of interest to us here.

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