September 2018 Newsletter

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Letter from our director, Jo

“Protest is like a safety valve for democracy… protest is what keeps the Government in check.”
— The Frack Free Four

This week saw the shock jailing of four fracking protesters near Blackpool, the first environmental campaigners to be jailed for a UK protest since 1932. Everybody should have the right to peacefully participate in democracy by standing up for what they believe in. You can watch their powerful video and find out more about how to support them here.

Hope for the Future’s most recent meeting with assistant whip, Jeremy Quinn MP, highlights how important it is to keep raising policy makers awareness of climate change. For that reason we are supporting the ‘Net Zero’ campaign. Read more below.

Thank you so much to all those who supported us at our BBQ fundraiser this month raising funds to enable Hope for the Future to continue offering free, tailored lobbying training and advice to all the hundreds of campaigners we work with each year. I am very pleased to welcome a new member of staff to our team, Sarah Buck, who will be working one day per weeks as a fundraiser for us over the next few months. You can read more about Sarah and how to give to Hope for the Future below.

Many thanks from all at Hope for the Future,


Hope for the Future Allotment BBQ

Jo and Sarah with some of our HFTF supporters at the BBQ fundraiser

Jo and Sarah with some of our HFTF supporters at the BBQ fundraiser

Just as we approached the final few days of summer; Jo (Director), Sarah (Assistant Director) and Greg, organised a BBQ to raise money for the charity. It was an afternoon to remember with brilliant food and company, an entertaining auction and the chance to learn more about the work of the charity.

“Seeing Hope for the Future grow from a small cluster of Yorkshire churches to a national organisation training over a thousand people each year has been an amazing experience. We held the BBQ in our allotment on the edge of the Peak District to provide a space where people could enjoy the natural environment whilst doing something to benefit it. There is still a very low awareness about climate change in Parliament and beyond, so we were so grateful to everyone who turned out to raise £400 for the work. Hope for the Future's work to equip NGOs, local groups and individuals around the UK to more effectively communicate climate change with politicians is something our friends, family and local community were really glad to support”

- Our Director Jo and her husband Greg reflect on the fundraiser

None of the brilliant work that Hope for the Future does could be done without the generosity of those that have supported us over the last five years. As Hope for the Future continues to grow we need to grow to maintain our capacity to support constituents and offer training to all those who will benefit from it.

We’re really pleased to welcome Sarah Buck as our new fundraiser. Sarah would like to encourage anyone who has been feeling inspired and would like to fundraise for Hope for the Future, to get in touch at

Blog Post - Meeting with Jeremy Quin MP

Sarah Robinson, Assistant Director


I received an email on Tuesday with details of a last minute constituency meeting with Jeremy Quin MP. Of course, I jumped at the chance to accompany for the meeting because, well, we exist to support constituents in these meetings and to help them get the best out of their MP in that short amount of time. What’s more, each MP meeting contributes to our approach of what makes for effective climate campaigning. This meeting was no exception, I learned so much and it was a real inspiration to hear about the fantastic work going on in Horsham and the surrounding areas. 

…to read Sarah’s full blog post, click the button below!

New Resource: Net Zero Emissions Target


Our researchers, Tom and Logan, are working hard to bring you up to date and relevant briefings so that you can always feel prepared when meeting with your MP.

This month it’s: Net Zero Target

Also, don't forget to check out our other resources where you can find information on tailoring 'asks' of your MP on this issue and others.

We have many more resources coming soon but if there is a topic in particular that you would like a briefing on then please don't hesitate to let us know.

If you haven’t already: check out Laura’s report on the zero carbon target here! Laura is the new HFTF research advisor and works to support our two researchers Tom and Logan. We’ve had a bit of a team shake up over the summer, so head over and check out our new ‘Meet the Team’ page now!

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“Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: study”– A new study has found that strong action on climate change could create 65 million jobs, avoid 700 000 premature deaths and raise government revenues by $2.8 trillion. Read more here.

“World’s largest offshore wind farm opens off northwest England”– The world’s largest offshore wind farm project opened this month. The new windfarm has the capacity to power nearly 600 000 homes. Read more here.

“Ground-breaking spinning wind turbine wins UK Dyson award”– Students at Lancaster University have developed a spherical wind turbine that can capture wind from any direction. It is expected that the turbine could be particularly useful in cities, where traditional wind turbines are ineffective. Read more here.

“World’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train begins service in Germany” – Last week saw the first ever hydrogen trains operating passenger services in the Lower Saxony region of Germany. The UK signed a contract with the manufacturer, Alstom, earlier this year, which should see hydrogen trains come to this country soon. Read here.

 “Report: Clean energy technologies could save UK industry £540 million on bills” – A new report by Centrica says that the UK’s most energy intensive sectors could make huge savings on their energy bills by using clean technologies, such as renewables and battery storage. Read here.

Upcoming: October 2018

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH ALEX CHALK MP: Government and the Future of Solar Energy, Friday 5th October


To book your free place, click here!

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