The UK’s first ever climate change citizens’ town level jury has been a huge success say the organisers and is now drawing up and voting on recommendations. In April 2019 Kendal Town Council declared a climate emergency and during the summer was actively finding out what the public thinks via the UK’s first ever town level Climate Change Citizens’ Jury at town level.
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.
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’.
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.