Woodland Trust to plant 50 million trees to fight climate crisis: Free trees for schools and communities

The Trust a conservation charity, is urging millions of people to join its “big climate fightback” by planting trees this November to build support to sustain the biggest mass planting campaign the country has seen. The efforts come in the face of the impacts of Covid-19, with tree planting rates falling, despite the need to increase woodland cover to store carbon and tackle the climate crisis. As part of the push, the Woodland Trust is sending more than 600,000 free trees to community groups and schools over the next few weeks.

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Sign up to support the campaign to divest from fossil fuels

Fossil Free North Yorkshire is stepping up its campaign to persuade North Yorkshire County Council Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Recently the County Council committed to the principle of divesting its pension funds from these damaging industries. It is time to put this commitment into action and send a clear message to the fossil fuel industry.

North Yorkshire County Council pension fund is one of the largest local government funds in England and to persuade it to divest from fossil fuels would be a real coup. Investments in fossil fuels (oil, coal & gas) are driving climate breakdown and pose a serious financial risk to local pension holders with the former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, warning that investors face ‘potentially huge’ losses from climate change action that could make vast reserves of oil, coal and gas ‘literally un-burnable’.

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Tackling plastic pollution

I am sure you are all aware of the issues with single-use plastic, the energy used to make it and the damage it is doing to our wildlife. Plastic Free Skipton has only been running for a couple of years but they have achieved a lot in that time.  They have over 1k followers on Facebook, have organised litter picks, engaged with the national campaigns run by Surfers Against Sewage, liaised with some of the big events in Skipton, made a huge plastic monster, a Christmas tree, given talks to schools and have a good local reputation with Craven District and Town Councils and other groups.

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Are the PM’s wind power plans just hot air?

Yesterday’s ‘well attended’ Green Café featured a number of interesting discussions, which were capped with a talk by Sandy Tod from our Energy Group about the potential for local renewable energy projects. During the exchanges he referred to the prime minister’s recent announcement when he pledged that offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade. Mr Johnson said the government was raising its target for offshore wind power capacity by 2030 from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts. Sandy had a number of concerns about the proposals, which he intended to put into a letter to the Craven Herald and below is a copy which he has just sent to the local paper. Continue reading “Are the PM’s wind power plans just hot air?”

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