Action in Settle and York during Big Green Week

More than 100 people turned up to a ‘let’s talk rubbish’ day held at St John’s Methodist Church in Settle on Saturday 24 September. The successful event was organised by the church’s own eco-group and featured a variety of stalls including one by ACE and speakers on the subject of rubbish, recycling and composting. The new Jubilee eco garden at the back of the church prepared by pupils from Settle Primary School was also unveiled. You can read a full report at: https://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/22953714.talk-rubbish-event-settles-questions-can-crisp-packets-recycled-/

Over in York members of the campaign group Fossil Free North Yorkshire (pictured) took to the streets of York on Tuesday 27 September as part of the Big Green Week (24 September – 2 October) to leaflet residents and visitors about the recent lifting of the moratorium on fracking by the government .

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ACE reports a year of climate action as treasurer Tess McMahon steps down

ACE ‘s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in the Victoria Hall, Settle on 17 September  reported a year of wide ranging activities from regular monthly Green Café meetings, activities around COP26 (United Nations climate talks), work with local authorities, the voluntary sector and other climate change campaigning groups.

The meeting elected a new steering group and officers and expressed its appreciation and thanks to Tess McMahon (photographed) a founder member of ACE who was retiring as treasurer.

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No fracking and invest in renewables say campaigners

Members of Fossil Free North Yorkshire (FFNY), which opposes fracking and is calling on North Yorkshire County Council pension fund to stop investing in fossil fuel and reinvest in renewable energy projects, will be taking part in the York Environment Week from 24 September to 2 October.

A spokesperson for the Group Dr. Margaret Jackson said that a strong public response was needed following the government’s announcement on 8 September immediately lifting the fracking ban in England announced in 2019 and a new round of North Sea oil and gas exploration licences.

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Climate campaigners call for a global day of action

Barry White

A global day of action on the climate catastrophe, to urge governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and shift to a low-carbon economy is being called for by civil society groups around the world. It will take place on Saturday 12 November, the mid-point of the Cop27 UN climate talks, which run from 6 to 18 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, hosted by the Egyptian government. However concerns have been expressed that protests in Egypt could be restricted in a country where the right to protest has been heavily curbed under the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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