North Yorkshire’s rural communities must not be left behind, says report

Barry White

This weekend’s edition of the Yorkshire Post gives comprehensive coverage to a wide ranging report by the North Yorkshire Rural Commission on the future of the county https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/country-and-farming/give-rural-communities-the-chance-to-shape-their-own-destiny-say-authors-of-north-yorkshire-rural-commission-3294384?amp . It calls for the government to shift powers of decision making away from London on key issues like transport infrastructure, education and economic investment. It also reveals that a lack of younger workers in the County has left a £1.4bn financial hole in the county’s economy. It also wants sufficient funds for all communities to achieve a ‘levelling up agenda’.

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Channel 4 exposes ExxonMobil’s lobbying against climate change legislation

Barry White

A senior ExxonMobil lobbyist has been captured on camera revealing how the oil giant is using its power and influence to water down US climate legislation, yesterday’s Channel 4 News revealed (https://www.channel4.com/news/revealed-exxonmobils-lobbying-war-on-climate-change-legislation).

The recordings appear to reveal the secretive behind-the-scenes activities of a lobbyist for a company that claims in public to support the Paris climate agreement, while working against legislative attempts to tackle efforts to tackle climate change in the United States, the  undercover investigation by Unearthed has found (https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2021/06/30/exxon-climate-change-undercover/ ).

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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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UK is still failing to plan for the impact of climate change

 

Barry White

The UK government is failing to protect us from the increasing risks of the climate crisis, from deadly heatwaves to power blackouts, according to a report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).  The Committee is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its  purpose is to advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change (see https://www.theccc.org.uk/ ).

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