May Newsletter 2018

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We hope you enjoy this month's round-up from Hope for the Future!

Letter from Our Director, Jo

It's been a busy few weeks for our team who have been travelling to nearly every corner of the UK.  Towards the end of last month we were inWales to deliver a schools workshop with Guto Bebb MP. Since then we've been down to Cornwall to work with the Women's Institute in lobbying Derek Thomas MP and up to Edinburgh to accompany a constituent to meet Tommy Sheppard MP- more news to come as we work with Mr Sheppard and Edinburgh students to put on a climate change event in the city this Autumn.  As part of our work with The Climate Coalition we also interviewed Bernard Jenkin MP about how the climate movement can work with hard-to-reach MPs. 

Northern Ireland is a notable exception to our activities this month. If you or anyone you know are interested in working with us in Northern Ireland, we would love to hear from you!

Our researchers have been hard at work on a new resource on Community Energy this month, produced in partnership with Community Energy England.  They are keen to hear from you which resources you would like to see next month, so please do take our one minute survey below.

With such a positive month behind us, our small team would like to thank every person we have been working with and all who support our work in many and various ways.  There is of course a financial cost to everything we do so if you would like to be more involved in supporting our work financially,  do please consider regular giving which you can read more about here.

For now, I wish you all a sunny and peaceful June!

Best wishes,



Campaigner Resources

Our research team are working hard to bring up to date and relevant briefings so that you can always feel prepared when meeting with your MP. You can see our latest campaigner resource here on Community Energy, where you can find information on tailoring 'asks' of your MP on this issue.
We have many more resources coming soon but if there is any issue in particular that you would like a briefing on, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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YOU DECIDE: Which resource do you want to see next month? *


Guest Blog Post

Regional Climate Ambassador, Pippa Stilwell reports on the meeting in this month's guest blog.  

'Striking the Balance on Climate Action'

St Buryan WI in Cornwall had a fascinating discussion with their MP, Derek Thomas, about climate change, wildlife and efficient housing among many other topics, following training from Hope for the Future. Click on the button below to read the blog in full!

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Hope for the Future has been funded by Scurrah Wainwright to offer free workshops to schools in Yorkshire. While the workshop will be particularly relevant for Geography and Politics students, other subjects will certainly benefit from it too. 

If your school would like to take part in a Hope for the Future workshop, please get in touch at or find out how to contact us here.

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May Good News Round-Up

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“Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows”– New research released shows that achieving the 1.5 degree target would save the world $30 trillion in damages; the report suggests that there would be economic savings to every country in the world. The benefits of meeting the target vastly outweigh the costs. Overall the professors found that the world will be about 3% wealthier if we actually achieve the 1.5C target relative to 2C target. Read more here.

“Renewable energy jobs soar to over 10 million worldwide”– A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found that the number of jobs in the renewable industry worldwide increased by 500 000 in 2017, taking the total to 10.3 million. Read more here.

“Scotland sets target of cutting greenhouse gases by 90% by 2050”– The Scottish Government has announced that it will strengthen its legally binding climate target. It will now commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 90% on 1990 levels by 2050, up from 80%. Read more here.

“Bank holiday sunshine powers new solar record”– Britain’s hottest May bank holiday led to solar panels producing their largest share of the UK’s energy. On Sunday solar powered 28.5% of the nation’s electricity. You can read more here.

“Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world’s first decarbonised society” – Costa Rica is aiming to become the first fully decarbonised country by banning fossil fuel use in transport by 2021. Costa Rica already gets 99% of electricity from renewable sources. Read more here.

Hope for the Future is hiring!

Are you interested in developing your skills in event planning and organisation?

Do you want to do something to raise awareness of and tackle climate change?

Do you have an interest in politics and want to gain some first-hand experience?

We are currently advertising for an Event Assistant (Voluntary). The deadline for applications is Friday 15th June. To find out more about the role and how to apply click here.

Please contact if you are interested in volunteering with us.