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July News from PCAN

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Portsmouth Summer Fair 30th August

Martin Fido is well under way with organising our PCAN Summer Fair and it’s going to be great.

So if you are involved with other groups so let your members know and think about booking a stall as soon as you can.

Also, please think about how you could help. We’ll definitely need people on the day but help beforehand with publicity and chasing up stall-holders and attractions would be very welcome. If you can spare any time to help do contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We have a Facebook events page which makes it easy for you all to cascade it out to your friends! Find it from our PCAN page or from here

We also now have web banners and flyers so PLEASE get in touch if you can help us by sharing these.

And don’t forget we’ll need help on the day

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Natalie Bennett

The leader of the Green Party is speaking at a public meeting in Petersfield on Friday 4th July. It’s at St Peter’s Parish Hall, St Peter’s Road. Petersfield 7.15 for 7.30

Our next PCAN Meeting is on  30th July and the one after that is 17th September both at 7.30 in the King St Tavern, 70 King St, Southsea, PO5 4EH

Do come if you can

Time to Act on Climate Change

The Campaign Against Climate Change is 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.

In the run-up to the 2015 election and at the international climate change summit in Paris in December 2015, the Time to Act on Climate Change campaign has a clear message - the urgent need for effective action to tackle 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.

If you saw the recent films at Portsmouth’s Green Film Festival you might be interested in this petition to stop the European Parliament letting Monsanto peddle its genetically modified crops all over Europe -- including places where it has been banned.


The petition text is: MEPs: take a stand for bees, birds and democracy, and vote against the proposal to allow GM crops to be grown in Europe." Take action here




Food partnership conference

If you missed the recent Portsmouth Food Partnership stakeholder meeting, you can find a copy of the presentations here.

In the course of the next few weeks, a multidisciplinary group will be invited to join the steering group to formally agree and finalise a Food Charter and begin generating the Action Plan, ready for an Autumn meeting.  


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 here


For The Love Of.. Film 

They have also produced a film highlighting the diverse and unexpected everyday things that are affected by climate change, and that people have already put up on the site. 


We can send you the video file separately if you want to use it at any of your events, just get in touch.


See the film here:or they can send the video file separately for events


Showing our love on 21st September 

They are also planning to make a public show of our love in Autumn, ahead of the Climate Leaders' summit in New York. It will be an opportunity to highlight support for our Government to show some much needed ambition on climate. They’ll be teaming up with Avaaz, who are organising a people's march in London to link with a huge march in New York on Sunday 21st September, as well as other cities, on the same day. 


The Plan: On Sunday 21st September we'll bring supporters together to show their love on the Thames, with boats representing 5 of the things that supporters have said they love through the medium of massive inflatables! This will of course represent the diversity of the coalition and will include Fairtrade food, wildlife, family and hobbies/ sports. Once the boats have docked the teams with their inflatables will come together with other coalition supporters, and spread some love on the Avaaz march in the afternoon.


There'll be loads of fun ways to get your supporters involved in the lead up and we'll have an event-brite page set up in mid July.  http://fortheloveof.org.uk/


The Climate Coalition’s AGM is on 15th July in London


Stuff and happiness: is it a choice between economic growth and well-being?


Tuesday 8 July, 7.30-9.15pm
United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ
A joint WinACC/Friends of the Earth meeting.
Free, open to all. Refreshments from 7.15pm.




Hampshire Climate Action Network


This is a new network of campaigning groups around the County. They are planning a get-together of Hampshire groups on 18th October in Basingstoke. Anyone like to be on a very small time-limited group (meeting mostly by email or telephone conference) to plan this?



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.

The US and the EU are negotiating a new trade agreement - TTIP - which amounts to the biggest transfer of power to corporations seen in recent years.
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.

On 12 July 2014, people across the UK will be taking action to say no to TTIP.
Join the #noTTIP day of action.

Day of Action: 12th July 2014

Download a pack of action ideas here  
See here to get involved.
Oxfam Lifting Lives

Oxfam campaigners are focusing on climate change now – see the Too Much Weather link from this site

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 (Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:42)