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September News from PCAN

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News from PCAN September 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Fair in Victoria Park such a success – especially Martin Fido. Do let us know what you thought 

Our next PCAN Meeting is on Wed 17th September at 7.30 in the King St Tavern, 70 King St, Southsea, PO5 4EH. Do come if you can – we’ll be discuissing the Fair, future plans…


September Weekend of climate action

The 20th and 21st of September will be an important weekend of climate action.

Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union group will have a conference on Saturday 20th September, called A future that doesn't cost the earth, to launch their updated One Million Climate Jobs pamphlet. The main focus will be on the international fight for climate jobs. 
The conference will take place from 12.00 - 5.30 pm, at Tower Building, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road.

Key speakers include Kjersti Bartos, Vice-President of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, Fernando Losado from the US Nursing Union, and Philip Pearson, the TUC's senior officer for energy and climate change. Speakers from NUS and People & Planet will lead a workshop on "Students, Environment and Climate Jobs". There will also be Skype links with representatives of the Climate Jobs movement in South Africa and some of the US and British trade unionists who will be on the New York "People's Climate March" on September 21st.


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The People’s Climate March on 21st September 

Show Westminster and the world that climate change matters to you by taking part in this march and rally, to coincide with the world leaders' climate summit in New York.
Sunday 21 September, 12.30-2.30pm
Starting at Temple Place, London, WC2R and ending outside Parliament.
There will be all sorts of activities in London

12.15pm - Multi-faith gathering in Victoria Embankment Gardens

1pm - March sets off

1.45-2.45pm - Rally in Parliament Square


There are loads of fun ways to get people involved in the lead-up. See  http://fortheloveof.org.uk/

And another march in Chichester

Local members of Avaaz are organising an hour-long Walk on 21 September in Chichester -
from 12.00 to 1.00 pm, starting at the Cross and calling on Council offices for the city, the district and County Hall, where it is hoped to hand an Avaaz petition to Andrew Tyrie, MP.

The walk will be peaceful, accompanied by musicians, non-party political.  Walkers are asked to wear GREEN!

You should be able to check out the event, view the poster, etc. from this link


Fun without flying

Showcasing some great low carbon holidays, this will inspire you to get away from it all while keeping your carbon footprint low.
Tuesday 9 September, 7.30-9.15pm
United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ. Free, open to all. Refreshments from 7.15pm.
A joint WinACC/Friends of the Earth meeting.

SuperHomes Open Days

Find out about low energy refurbishment by visiting these Hampshire SuperHomes.
Wednesday 9 September, 10.00am-4.00pm (other times on request)
8 Piping Close, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1UP
Saturday 13 September, 10.00am-5.00pm
Murray Road, Horndean, Waterlooville.


The Role of Communities in Household Energy Reduction - Who, How and Why?

Climate change academics, practitioners and policy makers discuss the role that community initiatives can play in the reduction of personal energy demand. 
Wednesday 24 September, 10.30am-4.00pm
Discovery Centre, Jewry St, Winchester, SO23 8SB. Free, but booking essential. 
Book by 12 September to secure your place at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vegetarian lunch provided. Hosted by WinACC and the Universities of Southampton, Westminster, Reading and Exeter.


Hampshire Climate Action Network 6-monthly get-together

Free - for people who are actively working against climate change in their communities in Hampshire to meet and share experiences.
Saturday 18 October, 10.00am-12.30pm followed by a bring and share lunch.
The Innovation Centre, Basing View, Basingstoke, RG21 4HG

Let Sue know if you are interested.


Free online course

FutureLearn is offering a free course, starting on 10 November, called 'Our Climate: Past, Present and Future'. Details here

Formula E the new electric racing car sport starts in September and the 10 races will be broadcast on ITV 4. Could this show to the public that electric cars have come of age?

Fully Charged video - http://youtu.be/SKuFIrEKVwg
Formula E web site - http://www.fiaformulae.com/

Hunger for Justice weekend

Over the weekend of 18-19 October, hundreds of churches nationwide will be urging their local MPs to tackle climate change, and praying for people around the world who are affected.

If you’re involved with a church please do suggest that they get involved – it could be a special service, creating a prayer room or arrange a walk of witness –and they stress that you should invite your MP along and challenge them to act.

You can download an action guide on http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/climate-justice/hunger-for-justice.aspx . You can find lots of other good resources on their website. And you can read about how people are fasting for justice in solidarity with Yeb Saño, delegate for the Philippines at last year’s climate talks. You may remember that, despairing at world leaders' lack of ambition, Saño pledged not to eat during the conference unless they delivered action to 'stop the madness' of climate change.


Transatlantic Trade Treaty

Take back the power – make trade work for people and planet

Companies suing governments for billions? Special tribunals behind closed doors? Secret negotiations? It sounds like something from a movie doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what’s happening right now with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and it could put all our work from carbon targets to fracking at risk.

Transatlantic trade deals currently being negotiated, will be a threat to people and planet and will be the biggest transfer of power to corporations seen in recent years. Food safety standards, animal welfare, environmental protection, our NHS – all are at risk.

Investor dispute mechanisms will allow secret courts to overrule democratically made decisions if they are not considered in the interests of large corporations.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to liberalise the market between the US and the EU and remove barriers to trade. Its existence was leaked in March this year and exposed by a German newspaper. It's currently at the stage of negotiation 'cycling' between officials in Europe and the States, and has come under fire for being conducted with a complete lack of transparency. The process is due to conclude by 2014/2015.
Our democracy, public services and environment are under threat.  If agreed, TTIP would extend the power of big business over our society to unprecedented levels. Shamefully, the UK government are currently a major supporter. But together, we can defeat this agreement. We had a day of action on 30th August and gave out loads of leaflets. Now we need to do more

See the no ttip website to see more about another European day of action on 11th October.

Stop the Great Nature Sale
Around the world companies are using so- called “biodiversity offsetting” to legally destroy rainforests and other irreplaceable ecosystems to boost their own profits.

Now the EU wants to bring biodiversity offsetting to Europe.

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What is biodiversity offsetting?

Biodiversity offsetting is the promise by companies to replace nature destroyed and lost in one place with nature somewhere else. But it pays little attention to unique ecosystems or to the importance of wildlife and
clean water for local people.
In the global south, biodiversity offsetting has already opened the door to companies legally destroying rainforests and grabbing land from local communities.
Join campaigners around the world who are coming together to stop this drive to put a price on nature and to turn its complex, crucial parts into simple commodities to be bought and sold. 


Reclaim Power – dirty energy week – 10 to 17 October
Reclaim Power, a collaboration of social movements, international networks, NGOs and grassroots organisers, is working on every continent to highlight the connection between energy systems and climate change.



Time to Act on Climate Change

The Campaign Against Climate Change is looking ahead and asking us all to join them on March 7th 2015 in a mass creative action and march on the streets of London, to tell politicians: So make a note of the date now.


2015 is a pivotal year.

With the UK general elections and COP21 climate talks in Paris on the near horizon, CCC, along with its UK allies, are organising a mass creative climate action on March 7th 2015.

Climate change has a direct effect on multiple spheres, so the march on March 7th will be staged in representative blocs: Food & Water, Energy, Jobs & Transport, Finance and the possibility of a Natural World bloc.

This is a critical time for all of us, and we must give our government a signal that is loud and clear.

Join us on March 7th and make your voice heard. Remind the people of the world: it's Time to Act on Climate Change.


We know what we need to do. We need to move: 

  • From exploitation to climate justice: UK support for a just international climate deal.

  • From delay to action: 10% emissions cuts year on year, creating at least one million climate jobs.

  • From fracking & fossil fuels to renewable energy: for all our needs.

  • From cold homes and energy waste to insulation for all.

    For the Love of…

    The Climate Coalition are getting people to share ideas of things people love which may be affected by climate Change and have a new For The Love Of.. website, Check it out at: http://fortheloveof.org.uk/

    One World Week 19-26 October Breaking Chains, Making Change.

    A chance to think about global issues. We’re busy organising some events locally on sourcing food differently, reducing wastefulness and using money ethically to support the changes we want to see. Full programme very soon but ideas so far are on the WDM website: http://groups.wdm.org.uk/portsmouth/one-world-week/

    For more information about One World Week generally: http://www.oneworldweek.org/v2/

    Get the banks out of coal
    The UK financial sector is funding a coal boom in the global south with investments worth billions of pounds. Join WDM in calling for tougher regulation on coal finance.


    Ideal World 2030

    Have a look at this site where you can post your thoughts about an ideal world to be delivered to the UN Climate talks

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Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 September 2014 11:09)