Tenants’ jury to tackle the climate emergency

Barry White

The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) which includes Yorkshire Housing, has launched a Tenants’ Climate Jury to find out how tenants, social housing providers and others can work together to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods. The Jury will bring together a representative and inclusive group of social housing tenants to question invited experts, where possible reach consensus, and deliver an action plan for action for adoption.

ACE’s Treasurer, Tess McMahon, a Yorkshire Housing tenant in Settle said: “”I do hope my landlord, Yorkshire Housing, is taking dynamic steps to reduce carbon emissions. I would hate to think that my gas boiler might be causing a problem. I hope their vehicles, and those of any contractors they use, are reducing their emissions with challenging targets that are robustly checked and complied with. I very much hope that their contractor who recently came across our gardens spraying paths was using a spray that did not cause harm to the insects and hedgehogs that enjoy our gardens.”

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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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Webinar: Planet on fire with Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton



 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 (GMT) via Zoom.

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.

This event will feature a discussion with the two authors chaired by Fatima-Zahra Ibrahim, founder and co-executive director of Green New Deal UK.

Please register for your place using the link below. Joining instructions will be shared following registration.



Registered attendees will receive an exclusive 50% off discount link to purchase the book.


Mathew Lawrence is founder and director of the think tank Common Wealth. Laurie Laybourn-Langton is an associate fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and a visiting fellow at the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter.




If there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible to you, please do let us know. For enquiries regarding the event, please contact o.vaughan@ippr.org.




Take action – Forests are not fuel

The UK’s single largest carbon emitter and the world’s biggest tree burner, Drax Plc, is planning to hold its Annual General Meeting in Northampton on the day before #EarthDay2021 at 11.30am on 21 April 2021. According to Biofuelwatch Drax Power Station burns pellets made from around 14 million tonnes of trees every year, and much of this wood is sourced from threatened forests in the Southern US, Canada and Estonia.

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