Friday 5th July 2019
This is the kickoff for the new Bristol Climate Action campaign, bringing people together across the city to fight for a Bristol Climate Action Plan and back the national Climate Action Plan created by Friends of the Earth.
What’s Bristol Climate Action?
Bristol Climate Action, affiliated to Friends of the Earth, will consist of Bristol residents from all parts of the city, united by our desire to stop the climate crisis. We are part of Friends of the Earth’s new national climate action campaign where Friends of the Earth are supporting 1000’s of people to set up similar Climate Action groups across the country. You can find more information on the national campaign here: https://takeclimateaction.uk/
The climate emergency is the biggest threat to our very existence and to much of the natural world we’ve ever seen, but we have a window of opportunity to act. We know what the solutions look like and, although our leaders are letting us down, people everywhere are starting to get active on climate solutions. We want to support them.
While the Government are speaking fine words in response to mass protests, declaring a “climate emergency” and telling school strikers that they’ve “got the message”, the reality is different. Heathrow airport is still being expanded. Solar energy is still being undermined by VAT rises. Investment in fossil fuels continues. And government investment in green energy, public transport, housing and tree cover is still lacking. Locally the picture is similar. Bristol City Council have also declared a “climate emergency” but are supporting the expansion of Bristol airport and dithering over clean air policies.
That’s why we’re calling on the UK government to urgently adopt our Climate Action Plan to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions. By the end of 2020 we want a commitment to:
Transport: Stop the sale of petrol and diesel cars within the decade. Invest in brilliant and cheap public transport, cycling and walking everywhere.
Power: Stop making electricity from dirty fuels and ban fracking. Start aiming for 100% clean energy from the wind, sun and sea.
Buildings: End the misery of cold, expensive-to-heat homes. Fund a massive insulation scheme and shift to eco-friendly heating.
Agriculture and Land Use: Stop using our land for intensive farming. Double tree cover and let wildlife thrive.
Infrastructure: Stop backing projects that fuel climate change, like airport expansion. Start making climate change a deal-breaker in all spending decisions.
International Justice: Stop funding fossil fuels globally. Pay its fair share to support more-vulnerable countries to cut carbon pollution and deal with the impacts of climate change.
What’s our plan?
We are currently engaged in a city-wide organising campaign, engaging new volunteers across the city and signing supporters up to join the movement against climate change by participating in this mass kickoff event: 6-8.30pm, Friday 5th July at St Werburghs Community Centre.
This event will be an opportunity for 100+ residents from across Bristol to come together, collectively plan a new mass climate movement in the city and take responsibility for making it happen.
How can you help?
Please register to attend this kickoff event on 5th July:
But even better, get involved to build the event and build the movement! You can help locally in your neighbourhood and amongst your friends and colleagues, or join a support team
Signup here: https://tinyurl.com/bristolclimatesignup