Council backs Local Electricity Bill: MP non-committal

Settle Town Council agreed at its meeting on 20 July to support the Local Electricity Bill now before Parliament. The private members bill which is supported by a cross party group of 187 MPs, received an unopposed first reading in the House of Commons on 10 June and is due for its second reading on 11 September.

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Featured Group: Fossil Free North Yorkshire

Fossil Free North Yorkshire is a new campaigning group targeting North Yorkshire County Council Pension Fund to persuade it to divest from fossil fuels. Climate change is the biggest threat North Yorkshire and the world faces. We now have under 10 years to ensure that global temperature increases remain below 1.5⁰C before unprecedented, irreversible damage occurs Despite this, North Yorkshire pension fund currently holds £60m+ worth of fossil fuel investments

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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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