No new coal mine in Cumbria – environmental campaigners

Barry White

This week the countryside charity, the CPRE and Friends of the Earth shared analysis that they believe couldn’t make it clearer that there’s no good reason for the Secretary of State Michael Gove to approve a coal mine in Cumbria. They believe that the mine would be a disaster for the countryside, and a climate emergency own goal: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/30/coal-mine-decision-gives-negative-impression-of-uks-climate-priorities . They also believe that it wouldn’t provide any of the long-term, sustainable and well-paid jobs that local communities in Cumbria need: https://green-alliance.org.uk/publication/the-case-against-new-coal-mines-in-the-uk/

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Mixed reception for new planning proposals

Barry White

Just cast your minds back to 2020 when the government attempted to free up construction with new planning legislation which led to a backlash in the Conservative heartlands. Backbench MPs including Theresa May called the approach “ill-conceived”. This week, in the Queen’s Speech, the government finally published its long-awaited response to their original unpopular planning proposals which organisations like the countryside charity CPRE (formerly the Council for the Preservation of Rural England and the Council for the Protection of Rural England) had been campaigning against for almost two years.

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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.

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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/

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