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Havant FOE Newsletter - June 2020

News from Havant Friends of the Earth

Join us for our next meeting

On Monday 15th June at 7 p.m. Jane Devlin, Climate and Environment Lead for Havant Borough Council, will be joining us to explain her role and plans and to lead us into a discussion on how we can reach out to the wider community. To request the meeting link, email [email protected]. This is organised by Havant Climate Alliance, which is linked to Havant FOE and now meets regularly on Monday evenings.

Havant Climate Alliance

HCA now has a new website https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ and an active Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2229614703761107/?  and a Twitter account @HavClimate. Do check out the links and sign up if you’re on Facebook or Twitter. And are you part of an organisation which could sign up as a supporter?


#TheTimeisNow. Sign up for the first virtual mass lobby of MPs on 30th June 

https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/thetimeisnow

Last year The Time Is Now involved the biggest ever mass lobby for climate, nature and people. 12,000 people from all walks of life travelled to Westminster to talk to their MPs about how the UK needs to tackle climate change and nature’s decline.

This year it has to be different. On 30th June we want to come together again, this time for a virtual lobby, again asking MPs to put people, climate and nature at the heart of our nation’s recovery.

The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit.

Using our voices to call for action is more important than ever. Have a virtual cup of tea with your MP on Tuesday 30 June and tell them that #TheTimeIsNow to put a healthy, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans to rebuild from the Coronavirus crisis.

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Havant FOE Newsletter - May 2020

Friends of the Earth are asking us to take action on trade deals
Donald Trump wants a toxic trade deal with the UK. And UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss is kicking off these dangerous negotiations, despite the pandemic.

A US trade deal could harm nature and the climate, especially if rushed. It could see food on our shelves made using chemicals that are currently banned, or pumped full of unnecessary, harmful antibiotics. It could mean giving US investors the power to influence our environmental standards.

This is a scary time. We’re all worried for friends and family, doing our best to keep one another safe, and relying on our government to do all that’s needed to beat this pandemic.

Now is not the time to focus on this trade deal. The government’s priority right now must be tackling coronavirus. This means calling a formal halt to all planned negotiations until people in the UK and around the world are safe.

Please read the open letter from our co-CEOs, Miriam and Hugh, to Trade Secretary Liz Truss. Ask her to halt the trade negotiations and tell the US that our health and environment come first. Click here to sign the open letter

And here’s an article about it from the Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/coronavirus-trump-trade-talks-brexit-boris-johnson-a9500341.html

 

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Havant FOE Newsletter - April 2020

We do hope everyone is keeping safe. We are sorry not to see you all but hope you are all keeping well and not too depressed by the current situation. Don’t forget that if you want to help in your own community (or need help) contact Community First for ideas: https://www.cfirst.org.uk/

We thought we’d try and send out regular newsletters as it’s more important than ever that we stay connected in this time of social distancing and self-isolation, and of course our concerns about the environment still need addressing urgently.


FOE Online Meeting Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm

Do join us for a FOE catch-up meeting via the video conferencing platform Zoom, organised by Anne Sayer.

To join in with the FOE meeting you’ll need to download the Zoom video conferencing software beforehand, but after that it’s pretty easy to use. There are various ways you can join in, either via a PC, MAC, tablet or phone. Just search on the Google play store or Apple App store for Zoom Cloud Meetings.

Zoom Meeting Link
https://zoom.us/j/136687560      Meeting ID: 136 687 560

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