February 2019 Newsletter
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This month has been full of excitement with lots of HFTF events. Join us as we look back through our amazing month. - Georgia
Letter from our director, Jo
We have been delighted to support The Climate Coalition annual Show the Love campaign this year with various events and MP meetings, set during a staggeringly warm February. Show the Love is an important time to demonstrate that climate change does matter to the UK, even amongst the struggle to navigate Brexit. I had a wonderful weekend with Powys Women's Institute in Wales reflecting in their success getting the MP, Glyn Davies, to sign the letter calling for net zero carbon emissions, despite initially refusing. Meanwhile our Assistant Director, Sarah, met with several Cornwall MPs to discuss climate action, and we will shortly be running an event on renewable energy in Newcastle- you can find details here.
I'm delighted to announce that our school workshops, originally only offered in Yorkshire, are now available across the UK thanks to new funding. We hope this project will go some way to supporting the inspiring action that students have been taking to send such a powerful message to political leaders with recent strikes and demonstrations. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a school workshop with your MP.
For those of you looking to expand and depend your understanding of climate policy, take a look at the free webinars our team is offering over the coming weeks, details below.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can help to support and expand our work to get climate change onto the political agenda, please take a look here.
Every Valentines Day, the Climate Coalition encourage everyone to ‘Show the Love’ for the planet and those things we hold dearest that will be effected by climate change. Last Friday, on 15th February, Hope for the Future was in Threemilestone to Show the Love for Cornwall! To coincide with the New Seasonal Survey for Cornwall, we held event with the Cornwall Federation of Women’s Institutes (CFWI). Over 55 CFWI members from across Cornwall were able to attend alongside Derek Thomas MP and speakers from the RSPB, the Woodland Trust and the University of Exeter.
As Jo mentioned in her directors letter, she attended the Women’s Institution's Craft the Love event in Powys. Members were crafting green hearts to be sent to MPs inviting them to wear the hearts to raise awareness of climate change within Parliament.
Here is one of our photos from the event.
Climate Change Communication:
PART Four: Hopeful or Fearful for the Future?
In this fourth post we consider the impacts of communicating about climate change in a hopeful way as opposed to a more scary and fearful way.
If you are someone who is concerned about climate change and interested in raising your local MP’s awareness, it could be easy to overwhelm them with fearful information about the negative impacts of climate change. It might also be easy to blame them for inaction. However, it is important to be aware of the impact of how you talk about climate change. As noted on our difficult conversations page, former MP for Harborough, Sir Edward Garnier, suggests that “an attitude that puts the blame with those you are trying to work with is not conducive to constructive problem-solving.”
Renewable energy will be world’s main power source by 2040, says BP
BP’s annual energy forecasts estimate that by 2040, 30% of the world’s electricity will come from renewables, up from around 10% today. If these predictions are true, then renewables are set to grow at a faster rate than any other fuel in history. In spite of their own forecasts, BP still has plans to increase its oil and gas production by 16% by 2025. Read here.
Hydrogen fuel cell trains to run on British railways from 2022
A French company, Alstom will begin converting UK trains to make them operate on hydrogen fuel cells. This is part of the Government’s aim to remove all diesel-powered trains by 2040.
Carbon emissions down nearly two-fifths since 1990
Analysis from Carbon Brief shows that UK carbon emissions have fallen by 38% since 1990. This can largely be attributed to the UK’s shift away from coal towards renewables. Lower demand for electricity, due to low-energy light bulbs and home appliances, as well as the increasing fuel efficiency of cars. Read here.
UK pupils to join global strike over climate change crisis
The school climate strikes that have been taking place across the world will spread to the UK this Friday. Thousands of pupils in the UK are expected show their concern about global warming by walking out of lessons. The movement now involves 70 000 schoolchildren in 270 towns and cities across the world. Read here.
France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law
The French government has proposed legislation to commit the country to a 2050 zero carbon target. This will align France with the target expected to be announced by the European Union more widely. Read here.
Something exciting to look out for:
Coming up in March, we are excited to be launching a new three-part series of free policy webinars featuring our policy expert, Tom Wymer. These webinars will give you all of the latest climate policy developments in a format which allows you to ask questions and be part of the conversation. We'll be in touch soon with all of the details - so keep your eyes open!
Also, there is a really exciting opportunity to collaborate with us and the University of Leeds. We are currently advertising a competitive phd, working with the University of Leeds, to better understand Hope for the Future's impact on citizen's involvement and impact on climate policy. More information here.