January 2019 Newsletter

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Happy new year! Lets make this year bigger, better and more hopeful than the last, and lets do it together. I hope you enjoy our first newsletter of 2019. — Georgia

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Letter from our director, Jo

A new year has brought new beginnings for us at Hope for the Future. We've been sharing our hopes for the year as part of our #JoyfulJan social media campaign, which includes a celebration of our move to a new office, now big enough to accommodate our growing team of amazing volunteers and staff. We are also delighted to announce the funding of our new one year project, 'Authority to Act' which enables us to offer free training to anyone wishing to engage their local councillors on climate change. Please get in touch with us at info@hftf.org.uk if you would like to get involved.

The year ahead is full of many challenges, but it is not lacking in opportunities. Just this week, our own home city of Sheffield became the largest UK city to declare a climate emergency. 

At Hope for the Future we will keep working to challenge and encourage elected representatives to face the reality of climate change. Join us on the journey to get climate change onto the political agenda, we would love to hear from you. 

Best wishes,

Jo and the Hope for the Future Team

#JoyfulJan - A review.

January can considered a dreary month, but with your amazing help we have turned that around. Sharing your aspirations, your hopes and what you are grateful for has truly filled January 2019 with joy, happiness and hope. Thank you to all of you. Entering this year with a positive perspective can make a big difference, and here at HFTF a big difference is what we aim to achieve. Together lets keep spreading positivity and hope for the future.

If you missed out on the wonderful contributions, click through to view a few highlights:

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.”

21st century democracy, climate change, and Hope for the Future

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Our newest volunteer Wilkister, a public policy Masters student shares why she was interested to get involved with Hope for the Future after hearing Jo speak in a lecture on deliberative democracy. 

While we all enjoy democracy as a system of governance, it is understandable that one can feel like there is very little they can do beyond voting, to actually get the elected leaders to address the things that matter to them. For example, whether you voted leave or remain during the Brexit referendum, following the subsequent parliamentary proceedings gives you the sense that it is a big mess now that is impossible to unravel (or even understand!).

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China's 2018 renewables power capacity up 12 per cent on year

China's has continued the remarkable expansion of its renewable energy capacity, with a 12% increase on 2017. As a result, almost 40% of China's electricity now comes from renewable energy. It is really important to reduce China's reliance on coal given it is such a significant contributor to the world's carbon emissions. Read here

Machynlleth declares ‘climate emergency’

 The small Welsh town of Machynlleth has declared a climate emergency. The town is aiming to become carbon neutral and is looking at plans to retrofit existing buildings, create an electric car club and divest the council’s pension fund. In declaring a climate emergency, Machynlleth is in the same company as the likes of Melbourne and London.Read here.

Solar panel users to be paid for excess power – but will need to wait

 The phasing out of the Feed-in-Tariff, which will close for new applicants on 31st March, would have meant that households with solar panels would receive no payments or incentives. In particular, they would have received no payment for excess electricity they exported to the grid. The government has now said that it will address this problem, though there will be a period where they do have to export excess electricity for free.Read here.


Formula E is not Fromula 1, but that is a good thing - Why electric series is a game-changer 

 As Formula E enters its fifth season, this article compares it with Formula 1. It says the electric car championship has all the controversy, competitiveness and drama of Formula 1, with the added bonus of being more environmentally sustainable.Read here.


Nottingham unveils bid to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city

Nottingham City Council has committed to becoming a ‘net-zero carbon’ city by 2028. The city has already retrofitted 400 council properties, subsidised the installation of solar panels on 4500 properties and switched its tram network to 100% renewable energy. Read here.