Sunday, 12 August 2007

'We are armed... only with peer-reviewed science'

Climate Camp -
the birth of Hope

Climate Camp this week was exactly that - the birth of HOPE for the future of humanity and the future of the Planet... hats off to all those amazing people who managed to set up the camp despite injunctions and heavy-handed policing and to those who made the mass day of Action on Sunday 19th / Monday 20th such a success... you are all Climate Heroes.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

Biblical Floods:
When are we going to start building the Ark?
Didn't it feel like the earth was crying yesterday?

Monday, 9 July 2007

At Last - the Solution - Zerocarbonbritain !

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) today released ‘zerocarbonbritain', a blueprint for Britain to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2027. The report draws on CAT's 35 years of experience as well as consultations with world-renowned experts in climate science, climate policy and renewable energy technologies. Zerocarbonbritain outlines a framework of policies to drive the transition to a zero carbon economy. It defines a global carbon budget and identifies an equitable portion for Britain.

Paul Allen, CAT Development Director and co-author said, “What we are saying is that we need a huge programme, a bit like the US space project in the 60s. When that was launched it was known to be a huge target, but the driving force to make it work was there. We think that zerocarbonbritain can do that again - it can give us a positive future. It is a political challenge but we had the political willpower to abolish slavery even though lots of people said that would cost the economy too much."

Sir John Houghton, former Co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Director General of the UK Met Office said, “The authors of zerocarbonbritain present a time-scale for action that begins now. I commend their imagination (coupled with realism), their integrated view and their sense of urgency, as an inspiration to all who are grappling with the challenge that climate change is bringing to our world.”

Britain could cut carbon emissions to zero in 20 years but only if people accept a virtual end to air travel and stop using fuel-driven cars, a report said. Meat would also need to disappear off many menus and an "armada" of wind turbines built around the coast to achieve the goal, says the new research. Money would meanwhile be overtaken in importance by carbon credits traded by everyone using special smart cards. The radical vision was put forward by researchers and scientists from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT).

People would be given their own carbon credits called Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs) and carry them on the environmental equivalent of the London transport Oyster card. Each year the free allocation would decrease as the country moves towards zero carbon, with the effect that the value of the quotas will go up. But every time consumers use fossil fuels, say by filling their cars up with petrol, they would lose these valuable credits, forcing them to choose low carbon alternatives. The resulting market would drive environmental change, providing the economic incentive to produce green products.

Monday, 4 June 2007

Climate Change Bill Consultation

Did you know the Government is consulting on a CLIMATE CHANGE BILL? Before 12th June you can tell the Government to make the Bill as strong as possible by emailing the letter on Contraction & Convergence at this link:-

Contraction & Convergence calls for immediate reductions in our CO2 emissions and a fair and equitable solution to a global issue where developed countries contract their emissions and developing countries converge – eventually we will all live on One Tonne of CO2 a year.

For information on Biofuels and Deforestation see: (join the Yahoo Group)

Sunday, 4 February 2007

The One Tonners launch on Friday 2nd February got off to a flying start with over 60 people attending the main presentation on how to calculate your Carbon Footprint. There was also an impressive presentation given on everything you can do to reduce your footprint around the Home and an incisive critique of the current fad for Carbon Offsetting entitled: 'Carbon Offsetting is a CO2N' ! It was a lively event featuring exhibitions, music videos, a library of books and loads of useful leaflets. The second One Tonners on Friday 2nd March was also a success, despite the pouring rain outside! - with over 20 people attending... the third One Tonners on Monday 2nd April at Bethesda Church again had 20 people attending and was an inspiring event... plus on Thursday 5th April Cathy gave a presentation to the North Cheltenham Rotary Club and got the Rotarians enthused about cutting their carbon...

The next One Tonners event is on Saturday 5th May at the One World Festival @ the University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham at 3.00 pm. Please tell all your friends and colleagues...

This Is Your Low Carbon Action Plan

· Stop flying – flying is now an unsustainable activity;
· Change to a Green Electricity supplier = Green Energy / Good Energy /
· Fully insulate your home and loft including cavity wall insulation;
· Turn your heating down to 18ÂșC and only heat occupied rooms;
· Reduce energy consumption, switch off electrical appliances on standby;
· Fit energy saving lightbulbs in the home, lobby your workplace;
· Cut down all unnecessary car trips – walk, cycle, use public transport
more: 25% of all car journeys are less than 2 miles; 58% are less than 5 miles.

· Compost your food waste;
· If your boiler is over 10 years old it could be 25% less efficient than a condensing boiler –
replace it with a condensing boiler or Micro-combined heat & power unit;
· When replacing electrical goods buy only the most energy efficient rated ones;
· Recycle everything you possibly can and buy recycled goods in return;
· Save water – take showers not baths / put a brick in your toilet cistern / use a water butt
in the garden to collect rainwater for watering the garden.

· Stop using supermarkets – get your food from local sources e.g. farmers markets /
vegebox schemes / local fruit & veg markets / local butchers;
· Stop shopping for new products in general – buy second-hand instead or recycled;
· Consider doing without a car and car share or join a car club. Consider buying the smallest
fuel efficient diesel or hybrid;
· Travel less. Explore the beautiful Cotswolds;
· Grow your own vegetables in your garden or get an allotment;
· Change to an ethical bank and ethical investments
· If you are rich enough consider investing in Microgeneration.

· Become a Climate Change Campaigner and tell everyone you know about how to live a low
carbon lifestyle;
· Write to the Government and your Local Authority so that they know how much you care
about the Climate and our future on the planet;
· Write letters to newspapers – local and national – join local groups – join local protests –

make as much noise as you can …

To find out what you can do see the web-site links on the top right-hand side of this blog = Campaign against Climate Change web-site / Oxford Students Union Climate Justice web-site / Prophets of Hope & many more...

Saturday, 27 January 2007

One Tonners Paint The Town Red !

One of the ONE TONNERS handing out leaflets on Saturday 27th January in Cheltenham to promote the One Tonners events

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Tony Blair's ridiculous comments in the media

Dear David Miliband,

I am writing to you as a UK citizen who is extremely concerned about climate change, along with a great many other UK and world citizens... unlike Tony Blair! He is a man in denial and trots out the same arguments about flying and the UK's carbon emissions that I would expect from a contestant in Celebrity Big Brother! He is completely out of touch with the reality of the climate science, despite having attended the Hadley conference in 2005. He also made it 100% clear in his interview in today's Guardian that all he has really cared about was getting elected - that is now plain to see. Tony Blair represents a selfish and unsustainable view of life and way of living and the sooner he goes the better for all of us...