Regional Climate Commission is launched

Richard Boothman

The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission has been in development for some months but at an online meeting during the evening of Wednesday 17 March the Commission was formally launched and the 25 Commissioners introduced to an audience of around 400 people.

This regional body is intended to bring together public, private and third sector actors to support, guide and track the delivery of ambitious climate actions across the region.  The outputs that the Commission is striving for include:

  • Preparing a climate action plan for Yorkshire and Humber, to be submitted to COP26
  • Publish an annual report offering a progress review on the main issues, the challenge and the activities in the region to feed into local and combined authorities.
  • Prepare and publish position papers on key topics and policy briefs that enable the region to speak more clearly to Westminster on the policy changes needed for it to become a net-zero, climate resilient region.

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Government under increasing pressure to ‘call in’ airport application

Bary White

The government is under growing pressure to delay the proposed £150m expansion of Leeds Bradford airport, which critics say would wreck efforts to tackle the ecological crisis and undermine the government’s credibility ahead of a key climate conference later this year.

It has been recently reported that the same lawyers who are taking on the government over the Whitehaven coalmine in Cumbria have written to the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Robert Jenrick, on behalf of campaigners asking him to “call in” the decision so that the climate impact of expansion can be assessed in a national context.

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Support the campaign for better local bus services

CPRE, the countryside charity, has just published a report showing how we can end the era of isolation and car dependence across rural England. This can be achieved with a world-leading bus network that reaches every village, every hour from 6am to midnight, seven days a week; see: https://www.cpre.org.uk/news/our-report-shows-a-bus-every-village-every-hour-is-possible/ They want decision makers to know this is not just possible, but that people should settle for nothing less and have also launched a petition to make this a reality.

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Making the world fit for life

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is delighted to host a webinar to mark the launch of a new book; ‘Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown’ by Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton. This will take place on Tuesday 27th April at 16.30-18.00 (BST) via Zoom. The event will mark the launch of this book which offers a radical manifesto for how to deal with environmental breakdown.  In the age of environmental breakdown, the political status quo is struggling to adequately respond to the devastating and inequitably distributed consequences of the environmental emergency. We urgently need an alternative to bring about the rapid transformation of our social and economic systems. As we rebuild our lives in the wake of Covid-19 and face the challenges of ecological disaster, how can we bring into being a world fit for life? Planet on Fire offers a detailed and achievable manifesto for a new politics capable of tackling environmental breakdown.

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