England’s national parks fail to fight climate and nature crisis says report

National Parks are failing to step up to the climate change crisis according to a report launched today (2 October) and supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Overall woodland cover across all national parks in England is less than 15% and several of England’s most iconic national parks (including the Yorkshire Dales) have lower woodland cover than our large cities.

Mapping by Friends of the Earth shows some national parks could have up to seven times more woodland than they currently do while important habitats, such as peatbogs, were found to be in worse condition in national parks than in the rest of England.

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Supporting Fridays for Future

Greta Thunberg addressed rally outside Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm as Fridays for Future resumed on 25 September. She told reporters that “The main hope is, as always to try and have an impact on the level of awareness and public opinion so that people will start to become more aware.”

The demonstration was one of some 2,500 climate change actions across the world aimed at restarting Fridays for Future protests that have been interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. One such action was held in Skipton on Friday morning when supporters of Skipton and Dales XR rallied outside the town hall with posters and publicity in support of the Global Day of Climate Action. Supporters of ACE Settle and area linked up ‘virtually’ with the action between 10.00 a.m. and noon via zoom.

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Be part of the action this Friday

Do join us virtually this Friday to support the Global Day of Climate Action – happening world-wide in solidarity with our young people and as part of ‘Fridays For Futures’.  If Covid-19 safety had permitted us to gather at ‘Sugar and Spice’ in Station Road, Settle, we would have been live with Sacha – so instead if you are passing do pop in for a coffee to sit in or take-out to support Sacha with all her eco beverages/bites and products.

Drop-in anytime between 10am -12 Noon to:

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Carbon pollution – it’s the 1% wot does it!

The richest one percent of the world’s population is responsible for more than twice as much carbon pollution as the 3.1 billion people who made up the poorest half of humanity during a critical 25-year period of unprecedented emissions growth according to research. Oxfam’s new report, Confronting Carbon Inequality, is based on evidence compiled with the Stockholm Environment Institute and is being released as world leaders prepare to meet at the UN General Assembly to discuss global challenges including the climate crisis.

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