November 2018 Newsletter

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Hi everyone! My name is Georgia, and I am the new administrator here at Hope for the Future. I will be sending you your monthly newsletter, as well as being able to contact regarding any queries at: I look forward to working towards a brighter future with you all.


Letter from our director, Jo

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This month we're sharing in the festive spirit by sending greetings cards to our MPs wishing them well and asking them to make climate change a priority in 2019. We would love you to do the same, and to encourage others by sharing a photo on social media. As anyone who has done our training will know, we see relationship building as the key to effective influencing, and there's no time like the festive season to reach out to your MP.

We have a new resource on the implications of Brexit on climate change from our researchers, Tom and Logan, and I'm also very pleased to welcome a new team member, Julia, who is working to expand out capacity to offer training to individuals, groups and NGOs looking to improve the effectiveness of their climate lobbying. Follow #Julia'sJourney below, or if you would like more information about our training you can get in touch with Julia at

Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout 2018. We'll be sending round a roundup of all the good work from 2018 as we enter the new year. For now though, we hope you can enjoy the holiday season and take a well earned rest before taking on the challenges we face in the coming year. 

Best wishes,

Jo and everyone at the Hope for the Future team

Introducing Julia:

Don’t miss out and #Juliasjourney on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to follow her amazing work with HFTF.


Julia is an MA Social Research student at the University of Sheffield, having studied an undergraduate degree in Combined Social Sciences at Durham University. She has been passionate about politics and climate change from a young age, but gained most of her knowledge about political engagement during a placement year with the UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service.

Julia official joined us this month as Training Manager through the @UniShefCareers Postgraduate Advantage Scheme. She'll be keeping us updated on her exciting work over the course of her placement through a series of tweets and post. To give you a glimpse of whats in store if you search for the hashtag, we will share Julia’s first post with you.

#JuliasJourney week 1:

Last week we delivered training for the lovely folks at @SheffUniSustain. I led on MP and campaigner defensive behaviours, which we applied to the University setting. As an MA student I'm getting involved with the sustainability campaign - stay tuned!

Climate Change Communication:

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Part one: Communicating with the Centre Right.

Introducing Briony:

Briony is from Yorkshire but is currently based in London. She studied a BA in Photography & Video at De Montfort University and worked in the creative industry before changing career to focus on an area she really wanted to make a difference in – climate change. Briony is currently work in communications and has recently completed a part-time MA in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society at King’s College London.

This blog series explores different aspects of climate change communication. Talking to people about climate change and trying to engage them with the subject involves more than simply getting your facts straight. It’s really important to think about who your audience is and how you talk to people. In this first post, we share some potential ways to communicate about climate change with people on the centre-right of the political spectrum who tend to hold conservative values such as the importance of family, continuity and cultural heritage.

Brexit and the Environment:

One of the things which sets Hope For The Future apart from other organisations is its location. Being situated in the heart of Sheffield has enabled HFTF to access large pools of talent at the city’s two large universities - Sheffield Hallam and the University of Sheffield - and forge links with key academics and think tanks, of which there is a large number. One example is SPERI - the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute - which has produced a lot of research on the links between growth and the environment. A further example is Brexit & the Environment whose co-chair, Professor Charlie Burns, is based at the University of Sheffield’s politics department. 

“Tory MPs demand net-zero carbon emissions by 2050”

Over 160 MPs have now signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking her to set a 2050 net zero target. The signatories include 50 Conservative MPs, including Simon Clarke, who says that setting a net zero target before 2050 “can ensure the UK is at the forefront of the zero carbon technological revolution whilst cementing our status as a global climate leader”. Read here.

“New electric car charging update could finally eliminate this massive problem with them” 
Bill Wiggin, a Conservative MP, has proposed a Bill to standardise electric vehicle charging. At the moment, there are multiple types of charging ports, connectors and methods of paying for vehicle charging. The AA welcomed the Bill and called it "a breath of fresh air”.
Read here.

“Drax starts pilot of Europe’s first bioenergy carbon capture project” 
Drax have started a pilot of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage technology at its plant in North Yorkshire. If the pilot is successful then it would remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it releases, making it the world’s first carbon negative power station.
Read here.

“Bristol plans to become carbon neutral by 2030” 

Bristol Council has unanimously backed a commitment to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and become carbon neutral by 2030. Read here.

“Aston Martin expects 300 St Athan jobs within a year” 

Aston Martin are going to be manufacturing their new Rapide E and Lagonda electric vehicle models in South Wales. They have said they want Wales to be their “home of electrification”. The move will create 300 jobs by this time next year and 700 by 2020. Read here.

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With the festive season approaching and the end of the year coming to a close, there is no better time to reflect on the year Hope for the Future has had and feel grateful. Although we have far to go, a lot has been achieved in 2018. We invites you to get involved and send you local MP a Christmas card. Start a positive relationship with your MP today, and encourage them to make climate change a priority in 2019. Follow us sending our Christmas cards with the #postforthefuture. We would also love to see those of you getting involved, post a picture and use our hashtag .

Together lets make 2019 a year of hope and change.

A final thank you:

Lastly we’d like to say a huge thank you to all those who have supported us during 2018, and enabled people and communities across the UK to take decisive action on climate change

Whether you’ve volunteered or donated money we couldn’t do the brilliant things we do without you. With your support over the last year over one thousand people were trained to effectively lobby their MP on climate change, we directly worked with 50 politicians to tackle climate change locally, nationally and internationally, and hundreds of other campaigners were able to access free online resources and tailored strategies, thank you.

To donate to Hope for the Future please visit Together we can combat climate change.