News from PCAN April 2014
The Portsmouth Summer Fair will be in Victoria Park on Saturday 30th August
We were really worried about whether we’d have enough volunteers to run it this year but Martin Fido has taken it on which is great, He’ll be writing to stall-holders soon but please
- Put the date in your diary
- Tell groups you’re involved with
New Report on Climate Change just out
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) has released the second part of its latest report on climate change impacts (Working Group 2, Fifth Assessment Report) and it doesn’t look good. From the last major review of almost six years ago, it provides a strengthened body of evidence on observed impacts and future risks of climate change.
The report is the work of over 310 scientific experts drawn from universities and research institutes in 73 different countries around the world.
- More details, DECC's Q&A on the report and a short film by the Working Group 2 on making the report is available on GOV.UK
- Edward Davey's statement in response to the report is available on GOV.UK
Our next PCAN meeting is at 7.30 on Tuesday 15th April and then on Tuesday 6th May in the King St Tavern 70 King St, Southsea, PO5 4EH
On 15th April we’re going to hear about PCC’s low carbon plan.
The new scramble for Africa
The World Development Movement has produced a new report showing how aid money, designed to help African farmers, is being routed via multinational companies which are insisting on policy changes to make it easier for land grabs, introducing GMOs and corporate agriculture.
Come and find out more. Matthew Bramall from WDM will be coming to a public meeting to tell us all about the campaign. It’s at 7.15 on Monday 28th April in Room D Portsmouth Central Library. Do come if you can
Portsmouth Green Film Festival 22-23 May
Two evenings of green films one on seeds agribusiness and GMOs, the second on fracking and the ned to live in harmony with our oceans.
Frack Free Solent is organizing a panel on the Friday; see their website for more information about what’s going on.
First Tuesday - films and talks run by Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth
They are starting a new venture - a monthly event open to all at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month, starting on 1st April. The venue is the Methodist Church, Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1JB - note that the Eclipse bus service stops outside and runs throughout the evening
Entry is free; however we welcome donations to help us with the costs of the evening - suggested amount is £2 for members of GFFoE and £5 for non-members. We are more than happy for people to sign up and join as members on the night.
Light refreshments will be available.
6th May - film “Chasing Ice”
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
3rd June - film “Food, Inc”
How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same—a tomato still looks like a tomato—it has been radically transformed.
In Food, Inc., producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) lift the veil on the U.S. food industry – an industry that has often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihoods of American farmers, the safety of workers and our own environment.
Although the film is set in USA, it is equally relevant here in Britain today.
The South Downs Green Fair Sunday 11th May 2014
10am-5pm at the Sustainability Centre in the heart of Hampshire GU32 1HR
A fantastic day out for all the family with a real festival feel. A broad range of family-friendly activities will be on offer as well as fantastic music, local ales, and organic local food
120 stalls; demonstrations from local crafts people, music throughout the day
FREE activities for children and adults
Bushcraft; clay sculpting; Hand to Mouth Theatre Company; clay oven building demonstration; talks and presentations; performance poetry; belly dancing; plant and seed swap.
Entrance: £7 per Adult £4 per Child
Transatlantic Trade Treaty
Take back the power – make trade work for people and planet
Transatlantic trade deals currently being negotiated, threaten to do the exact opposite. Investor dispute mechanisms will allow secret courts to overrule democratically made decisions if they are not considered in the interests of large corporations.
We are asked to contact candidates in the forthcoming EC elections and ask htem to pledge support for changes.
Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party) has created an Early Day Motion calling for investor-to-state dispute settlements to be removed from the TTIP; and for the Government to push for talks on the partnership agreement to be frozen immediately, in order to allow for a full public debate and Parliamentary scrutiny from both Houses of Parliament. Contact your MP to ask them to sign EDM 793 (you can do this through www.writetothem.com).
Oxfam Lifting Lives
WDM: 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.
Campaign against Climate Change
Are seeing 2015 as a crucial year with the General Election and vital climate talks in
See their Time to Act Campaign http://www.campaigncc.org/TimetoAct
Ideal World 2030
The Climate Coalition is the new name for Stop Climate Chaos and it represents organizations with 11 million supporters between them. Have a look at the website to see what’s going on
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Last Updated (Sunday, 06 April 2014 09:05)