2021 is going to be a vital year for climate action, partly because serious worldwide action is now urgent and because Britain is hosting crucial climate talks in Glasgow in November.
This conference will shine a light on the government’s actions both at home and abroad. It’s an opportunity for the UK to step up into a role as climate leaders, but before then we must get our own house in order and play our part in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C.
There are lots of groups involved and they are mainly linked into the Climate Coalition and the Cop26 Coalition. Lots of groups are also part of the Green New Deal UK which has produced plans for a post COVID recovery with Build Back Better
The Climate Coalition has been putting pressure on the government under the slogan The Time is Now and there are lots of plans for 2021 inluding a huge climate festival and a lobby of MPs but they are stressing that we need to get the message out all year. A comms pack for messaging in January (including a special video) can be downloaded now and another for the annual Show the Love action In February can be downloaded here.
The COP26 Coalition also has lots of plans for 2021. You can sign up for their newsletter on this page. They organised a four day conference in November and you can find most of the talks on their website
From The Ground Up: Taking Action Now is a two day global gathering on 27 and 28 March 2021 on how we take action for Climate Justice and collaborate across the wider movements. COP26 wants to mobilise a million people to take to the streets in 2021?
#2: Take Action Now.
The Green New Deal group is working on Green Jobs at the moment and have produced a new report showing just what jobs could be created and how much it would cost. By March they will have taken this further and produced detailed figures for each constituency and htey are asking us to publicise this as much as possible and to try and meet local MPs.
What are your thoughts on how we could create green jobs locally? How can we build a better society after the disaster of COVID 19?
The Green New Deal teargue that at a cost to government of £68bn that a total of 1.2m jobs can be created in the UK inside the next two years, addressing both the environmental and social care crisis. They say that with government borrowing costs at record lows, this is an ideal opportunity for the government to make serious, long-term investments in rebuilding the economy in the wake of covid-19.
The report goes into lots of detail so do check it out.
What’s exciting is that they are now working on reports for each constituency and these will be ready by March so it’s a great opportunity for us to persuade local decision-makers that there are great opportunities around.
The Green New Deal team want to have an online story telling day of action on March 23rd and they’d like short videos of people with their personal stories of how lockdown has affected their employment and what they want the government to do to provide new jobs and “green” jobs. They are using this term widely, so it includes teaching, training and caring jobs
Extinction Rebellion has lots of plans for the year. You can see their latest strategy document here
Fridays For Future International have announced the next Day of Action as 19th March, which you can support by calling for #NoMoreFalsePromises.
The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the climate crisis for Fairtrade Fortnight 22/2 to 7/3 with a huge virtual festival and we want to use the time to hear about the reality of global heating for many desperately poor communities. There are lots of great resources on the Fairtrade Foundation website, incluing lots of short videos which could be used as part of a virtual coffee morning or in lessons or religios services. You can also find good ideas for entertaining children at home including a Choose the World You Want competition
Local events and ideas will be shared on our website too Find out more here
Friends of the Earth is working on a range of issues, including campaigning at a local level and challenging the decision to expand Heathrow. Find out more here
They have great resources for campaigning at a local level, including training sessions and checklists of things to do. Loads of really useful materials.
There’s a big push to get a Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill through Parliament and this is the main focus for the current XR action. But there are lots of other ways to support it by contacting MPs and raising awareness.
Global Justice Now is one of several groups campaigning on ending investment in fossil fuel projects overseas. The government has recently agreed to this but we don’t know when the ban will actually start and there are still lots of questions over projects already in the pipeline. Read this blog from Daniel Willis
Greenpeace have lots of campaigns but here’s one to stop the coalmine in Cumbria
Director, John Sauven writes: Millions of people are suffering due to droughts, flooding and crop failures. Precious species such as jaguars and orangutans are losing their forest habitats on opposite sides of the globe. Every day, we are living through a pandemic that has devastated lives across the world.
But there are four big opportunities for change in 2021. These will give our leaders the chance to rebuild a better future. They can do this by:
- Investing in a green economy as the UK negotiates new trade deals.
- Stopping the reckless destruction of nature at the Convention on Biodiversity.
- Declaring a global sanctuary for marine life at the 2021 UN Oceans Summit.
- Ending our reliance on fossil fuels at the UN Climate Conference.
There is still time to end the climate and nature emergencies. The solutions are really clear. Throughout 2021, we must tell companies and governments to:
- STOP the addiction to dirty fossil fuels
- SWITCH to renewable energy and clean transport
- SAVE our forests and oceans