April 2019 Newsletter

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There might have been April showers throughout the month but here at the HFTF all we’ve had is sun and good news. Let us show you what we’ve been up to - Georgia.

Letter from our director, Jo

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 Public attention on climate action has been building momentum. With Greta Thunberg's recent appearance in Parliament and Extinction Rebellion's protests, climate change is being pushed further up the political agenda. On International Mother's Day there will be marches throughout the globe from concerned parents who are calling out for action to protect future generations, and July 30th will mark the beginning of The Climate Coalition's Week of Action. Here at Hope for the Future we are beginning to feel a sea change as MPs can no longer ignore the issue. This month we have met with Nigel Evans MP about climate security, held a school workshop with Graham Stuart MP and completed our second student training programme. As always, we are here to help with letter drafting, event organising, or lobbying training for anyone who wants to capitalise on this momentum and inspire MPs to do more on climate. Get in touch with us here to access our free support.

- Jo, Sarah and the Hope for the Future team

Introducing ‘What’s new Weekly’:

Hope for the future has some very exciting new to share with you all, we would love to welcome you to become a part of the HFTF community. By joining our monthly membership, you are able to stay more up to date with the latest climate news as well as helping us continue our great work. And it gets better, we’re offering one month free trial completely free!

Not only will you receive weekly updates about climate policy, HFTF's research team will be teaming up with climate change policy experts to host a series of webinars over the coming months. The webinars will provide an introduction to different areas of climate change policy. Our first webinar will take place on 10th June and will cover the topic of net zero: why do we need a net zero target? How has the UK's progress been so far? What more do we need to do? 

Find out how to sign up by clicking the buttton below.

HFTF Bake sale

Last month, Daniel Allen, our HFTF fundraising volunteer, organised a bake sale in The Workstation where our office is based. The bake sale gave us an amazing opportunity to meet with the people on our doorstep and raise our local profile, and in addition to this we managed to raise £120 to support our work!

We would like to extend a thank you to The Workstation staff who enabled us to host the sale and to everyone who bought cake.

Stay tuned for more community fundraising events soon!

Did we fool you?

Did you see out April Fool’s campaign earlier this month? We shared some comic stories with you over Facebook, twitter and Instagram, using the #dontbefooledbycc. If you didn't get a chance to check it out it click the links above.

It is important to remember that this might have been an April Fools joke but our changing climate is no joke. Click the button below to find out more about how you could support us to continue our work at HFTF.

Easter Intern:

Over Easter HFTF welcomed University of Sheffield student Robbie Macpherson to join our team for a two week internship. He wrote a short paragraph about this time with us:

“Since the age of 15 I’ve only ever worked in bars, pubs, and outdoor events - this was the first time I’d ever worked in an office. Hope for the Future provided me with a brilliant opportunity to experience a professional office environment, and at the same time allowed me to participate in a variety of their projects including the school outreach programme, social media work, and their latest ‘Authority to Act’ initiative.

I really enjoyed my time here Sarah, Jo and the rest of the team where so welcoming! I can’t wait to continue working with them

As we continue to grow our team is continually expanding and we find it extremely exciting having new members join HFTF’s journey! If you would like to get involved volunteering with us contact via georgia.hopeftf@gmail.com

Response from HFTF training session in Grantham:

Very engaging session, it answered all my questions, provided me with advice, and had a good numbers of resources.
— Participant at HFTF Grantham Training day

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Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’ at SNP conference

The Scottish First Minister has declared a climate emergency at the SNP’s conference in Edinburgh. It’s not clear what this declaration means in practice, but Scotland has already set a target of reaching net zero by 2050. Read here.


Corbyn launches bid to declare a national climate emergency

In Westminster, Labour will this week force a vote in parliament to declare a national climate emergency. The motion was been welcomed by the leader of the school climate strikes, Greta Thunberg. Read here.


Seven out of ten Scots support taking tougher action on climate change, poll finds

New polling by YouGov shows that 7 out of 10 people from Scotland support taking tougher action to reduce emissions in transport, food and homes to tackle climate change. The polling also showed that 1 in 3 are more concerned about climate change now than they were a year ago.

Read here.


Renters’ energy bills could shrink by £180 a year due to new home efficiency laws

New regulations mean that landlords must now install energy efficient upgrades on properties which fall short of standards before they can rent them out again. All properties with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F or G must be improved. Landlords who fail to do so could face a £5000 fine.

Read here.


David Attenborough finally talks climate change in prime time BBC slot

Earlier this month the BBC aired a programme on climate change, presented by David Attenborough. The programme covered the science and impacts of climate change, as well as the solutions and action that is needed.

Read here.

More churches join the Easter Declaration for #FossilFreeChurches

On Tuesday, 8 local churches and the United Reformed Church Synod of Yorkshire joined the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches: 

Read here.