Government

Why the UK’s ‘Green’ Recovery Plans aren’t so Green After All

What’s Going On Here? This week climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the UK’s ‘green’ recovery plans, stating that they are unlawful in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What Does This Mean? Do you remember that wonderful moment back in February when Heathrow Airport expansion was ruled unlawful on climate grounds? Well the same pressure group behind…

Curious investigations… bringing the spotlight to environmental misbehaviour!

What’s Going On Here? What with all of the current Covid- 19 media coverage, world leaders and other politicians have been behaving verrryy sneakily, removing or avoiding important environmental legislation… What Does This Mean? Last week, it was announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (an independent executive agency of the government) will not enforce any environmental protection measures as of 26th March.…

Governments face big decisions over airline bailouts with opposition from activists

What’s Going On Here? The Covid-19 crisis has cost the aviation industry $880 billion worldwide. But as governments scramble to bailout airlines, environmental campaigners are asking for strict conditions on the industry’s future climate impact before taxpayer’s money is handed out. What Does This Mean? Aviation has all but ceased in many countries (follow this dramatic decline in air traffic is being…

HS2: Should it be derailed?

What’s Going On Here? Boris Johnson has called a meeting this week to decide whether the ongoing and controversial ‘HS2’ high speed rail project connecting London to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds should go ahead or be scrapped. There is some serious opposition, but what’s it all about? What Does This Mean? The first phase was on track (sorry…) to operate by 2026…

Power to the People?! – UK’s first Citizen’s Climate Assembly

What’s Going On Here? Last weekend, the first of four ‘citizens’ assemblies’ on climate change was hosted in Birmingham. What Does This Mean? What is a Citizens’ Assembly? The assembly is made up of 110 ‘ordinary’ citizens selected to represent a broad spectrum of UK society. With diverse ages, ethnicities, geographies and views regarding the climate emergency, the assembly will offer their opinion on…

The UK Election Cloud has a Green Lining…

What’s Going On Here? The Green Party increased their vote numbers by 64.69% in the general election, which is more than any other party. With a total of 865,697 votes last Thursday compared to 525,665 in 2017, the Green Party were the 5th most voted for party (despite only winning one seat – Brighton Pavilion). What Does This Mean? Ok so, ‘that’ happened last week and most…

Decision Time – Parties, Politics & Our Planet

What’s Going On Here? Its the UK General Election next Thursday – when – if you are a registered voter – you have the power to decide who will run the UK government for the foreseeable future. With voters caring more about the environment than the economy, each party’s climate change and pollution policies are an important consideration when deciding who you will…

Is the UK going to have a Climate Election?

What’s Going On Here? The next 10 years are critical for climate change action. The new government will have the power to halt climate threatening activities and demand climate and ecological justice for generations to come. There is a sleeping army of 9 million people who are not registered to vote in the UK. Go register. Go vote. The deadline to register is…