Sign up to support the campaign to divest from fossil fuels

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’.

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Tackling plastic pollution

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.

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Are the PM’s wind power plans just hot air?

Yesterday’s ‘well attended’ Green Café featured a number of interesting discussions, which were capped with a talk by Sandy Tod from our Energy Group about the potential for local renewable energy projects. During the exchanges he referred to the prime minister’s recent announcement when he pledged that offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade. Mr Johnson said the government was raising its target for offshore wind power capacity by 2030 from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts. Sandy had a number of concerns about the proposals, which he intended to put into a letter to the Craven Herald and below is a copy which he has just sent to the local paper. Continue reading “Are the PM’s wind power plans just hot air?”

Government changes to planning laws face serious criticisms

Thursday’s debate in the Commons on Thursday about the government’s plans to centralise and accelerate the housebuilding process in England shows that they are going to face serious problems in getting their measures passed by their own supporters.

The debate which lasted just under three hours was organised by Conservative MP, Bob Seely, who introduced his non-binding motion on the Government which called “…on the Government to delay any planned implementation of the changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need proposed by the Government’s consultation, Changes to the Current Planning System, published on 6 August 2020, and Proposal 4 of the Government’s consultation, Planning for the Future, on a standard method for establishing housing requirement, until this House has had the opportunity to hold a debate and meaningful vote on their introduction.”

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