Black Lives Matter and Climate Change

ACE wanted to respond to a letter and poem in the Craven Herald 25 June “Racism eats away at your core as a human”. You may have seen it in this week’s edition (2 July). If not, it’s reproduced here…

‘I’m also concerned that people of colour are more likely to be affected by the climate crisis, and yet they are often missing from the debate.

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Getting behind the Local Electricity Bill and support Settle Hydro

We sent round an email to supporters just before the first reading of the bill on 10 June encouraging you to contact Julian Smith asking for his support. This is a private member’s bill introduced in the House of Commons, which, if passed would be a great help to new community funded energy projects. Although it passed its first reading, there is still a long way to go before it gains royal assent and passes into law. Julian Smith is being lobbied by Settle Hydro, amongst others, to give it his support.

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Just Transitions: ‘one concept, different meanings’

A new book edited by Edited by Edouard Morena, Dunja Krause  and Dimitris Stevis brings together a compelling history of just transition, from its early origins among chemical workers in the US demanding clean working conditions, to the United Nation’s ‘Just Transition’ climate conference in Katowice, Poland (December 2018), when the UN finally let workers’ issues enter the mainstream. Yet, on closer scrutiny, Dimitris writes, ‘rather than providing a clear sense of how just transition can be achieved, the conference exposed the gap between policy makers’ narrow understanding and the everyday experience of working people and frontline communities.

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Post pandemic – will it be business as usual?

Many of us may have missed it, but Wednesday 22 April was Earth Day. Under normal circumstances climate change campaigners would have been holding demonstrations and other high profile events to mark the occasion. But we all know that we are not living ‘under normal circumstances’.

The point was well made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message to mark the day when he acknowledged that all eyes were on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he described as “an unprecedented wake-up call.” He recognised the “immediate and dreadful” impact of the coronavirus urging everyone to “work together to save lives, ease suffering and lessen the shattering economic and social consequence”. At the same time, he observed that climate disruption was approaching “a point of no return” and a “deep emergency” that long predates the pandemic.

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