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Havant FOE Newsletter - September 2021

Havant Big Green Week 18th – 26th September

now has a programme of over 50 events with more than 30 groups involved. There’s everything from bug hunts to litter picks on paddle boards, films to displays about local groups.

There are guided walks to introduce you to bird-watching, local ecology and trees; there are climate conversations so you can learn more about what’s going on.

There are exciting programmes in a number of schools and special services around the Borough. You can find plenty of opportunities to get involved with litter picks and woodland clearance and everyone is invited to the Mayor’s green, zero waste Fairtrade coffee morning on 17th.

So do have a look at the programme on https://havantclimatealliance.com/havant-borough-green-week/ and share it as widely as you can. We’re particularly keen to get the programme out to young people as there are lots of events planned for children.

We’re also keen that people take action afterwards – join a group, take political action, make pledges. And we are trying to build on a green hearts theme in photos and with pledges.

See more here https://havantclimatealliance.com/2021/08/25/be-part-of-our-green-wave/

Urgent action needed

Havant Borough Council has produced a Climate Strategy which is going to Cabinet on 8/9 and to full Council on 22nd September. We have some serious concerns about the strategy and members of FOE and HCA are contacting councillors to ask questions and suggest improvements.

We are keen to see more community engagement, protection for biodiversity, clear targets and monitoring systems and a real emphasis on active travel. We’ve put links to the strategy and some comments on so do please take a look and let local councillors know what you think.

https://havantclimatealliance.com/2021/08/23/havants-climate-strategy/

Lots of groups are campaigning on the COP26 climate talks happening in Glasgow this autumn. This is an opportunity for the climate movement globally to come together to demand climate justice and highlight the solutions needed to the climate crisis. FOE are encouraging our network to get involved in the Global Day of Action on 6th November.

Check out the online campaign guide for more information.

UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021

There’s a new COP26 coalition group to plan activities.in Portsmouth for 6th November and it would be great if lots of Havant activists lent their support https://www.facebook.com/groups/1187346021767884

The launch is on 16th September https://www.facebook.com/events/865008481058302?ref=newsfeed

Havant FOE Newsletter - August 2021

Havant Green Week is coming up in September and there’s still time to get involved. Could you offer to do an assembly in a local school, show some videos at a coffee morning, persuade a local minister to hold a special service?

All the events planned will be on the Havant Climate alliance website and we’ll have printed programmes and posters by the end of the month.

This is our Havant Borough Big Green Week poster, by Rebecca Nastri of Warblington School

Find out more at
https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/havant-borough-green-week/

If you check out the Havant Climate Alliance website with that link, you’ll find new pages with resources for schools and faith groups so it would be great to see loads of people using them.

Some schools are planning their own Green Weeks and others have exciting projects related to growing plants and tacking plastic pollution.

Faith groups are invited to hold special services in the lead up to COP 26 and there are lots of great new resources.

COP26

COP26 Is an incredibly important conference because it’s so important to get every country to commit to rapid cuts in emissions but at the moment the signs aren’t great and the British Government is still investing in new fossil fuel projects, airport and road-building programmes and not putting money into the infrastructure we need.

So please do everything you can to raise awareness and make sure your MP knows what you think.

Friends of the Earth have produced lots of resources for us to use.

https://takeclimateaction.uk/climate-action/your-guide-glasgow-climate-talks

Havant Borough Council

The HBC climate strategy is being discussed at the full council meeting on 22/9 so watch out for details. We can’t see it until it has been approved by the HBC cabinet.  Once it’s accepted by the Council, there’s lots more work to be done on turning the strategy into an action plan. We are writing to the leader of the council asking for more community involvement.

The IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released the first of its three part 6th Assessment Report (AR6) which shows that the opportunity to limit warming of the Earth to 1.5°C or less is closing.

The door may be closing, but it hasn’t slammed shut yet, meaning that bold action now will still be able to keep warming to 1.5°C. It also shows that they have reached an important consensus on the fact that the fingerprints of manmade climate change can be found throughout the climate system.

Changes in rainfall, heat extremes, growing intensity of tropical cyclones and compound events (for example, heatwaves and droughts happening at the same time) can all be attributed to human activity.

As campaigners, we need to put forward the case that it’s still possible to limit warming to 1.5°C, to counter ‘doom-laden’ narratives that make it harder to achieve positive action at COP26 and beyond.

Southampton Airport

Airport eXpansion Opposition Group (AXO) are a group fighting the expansion of Southampton airport has raised half the money it needs for a judicial review so do consider donating Southampton Friends of the Earth is campaigning hard on this.

Find out more here

Near You

Don’t forget the really useful tool to find out our well our area is doing on lots of key indicators https://takeclimateaction.uk/near-you

SOME EVENTS COMING UP
FOE are inviting us to: Taking part in the COP global day of action
(25th August, 7:00pm – 8:30pm)On 6th November, as the UK hosts the COP26 United Nations climate talks, people across the world will be taking part in a Global Day of Action to demand climate justice. Join this session to find out how you can get involved.

Register here

Another national FOE event: Using Social Media for COP and the Global Day of Action
(7th September, 5:30pm – 7:00 pm)As we approach COP26, join us to find out how you and your group can use your social media skills to call for climate action and a just transition.

Register here

Net Zero Local Conference
(Wednesday 29th September)This free virtual conference is being organised by Climate Emergency UK, Ashden, CAT and Aberdeen Climate Action.  It’s called: From Inspiration to Practice: Delivering Net Zero through Local Government.”

The idea is to showcase innovative, local government-led net-zero projects from throughout the UK and Europe. It looks like a really worthwhile event.

Find out more here

Havant Climate Alliance Meetings are via Zoom on the first and third Wednesdays and the next one will be on 18th August from 7pm. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

you can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

REPORTS
Local government and net zero:

This strongly worded report from the National Audit Office highlights “serious weaknesses in central government’s approach to working with local authorities on decarbonisation, stemming from a lack of clarity over local authorities’ overall roles, piecemeal funding, and diffuse accountabilities.

This hampers local authorities’ ability to plan effectively for the long-term, build skills and capacity, and prioritise effort.”

Powershift:  Local Authority powers relating to climate action:

Local authorities should be the cornerstone of delivery of Net Zero in local communities.  But as the Climate Change Committee and others have pointed out, they lack the power and support to do that job effectively.

new report from UK100, a network of local authority leaders, drives this point home. It is “the most comprehensive examination of the duties, powers and policies available to local authorities and combined authorities in England – and the gaps – ever undertaken.” So it’s worth a read.

ONGOING PLANNING MATTERS

Developers are keen to snap up our precious greenfields in Havant Borough. The applications below illustrate just how vulnerable our remaining sites are.

Many more applications will be coming in the near future. If you would like more information on any of them, contact Pat Brooks at [email protected]

Land south of Lower Road Bedhampton

Despite Havant Council refusing the latest planning application for 50 homes on the site.

The developers went to appeal and the Inspectorate have now given permission for the development to go ahead, despite recognising a number of negative consequences, including that on the historic environment of Old Bedhampton, and problems from increasing local traffic etc.

Southmere Field. APP/21/00647

(field west of Langstone Road and south of the Mallards)

Persimmon are requesting planning permission to build 65 homes on this 2.9 ha. undisturbed pasture, used for hay, which provides roosting and feeding for Brent Geese and Waders, including Curlew.

As land within 90 metres of Langstone Harbour this is precious coastal land which will be needed to support these bird populations into the future. It will be argued that Warblington Farm can provide for the birds if this goes, by providing part of a chain of ecologically linked small nature reserves around the Solent.

But we would say that it is also important for there to be a large enough area overall to allow species to adapt to climate change into the future e.g what happens when sea levels rise and Farlington Marshes are lost to the waves? If you wish to object you need to contact Havant Borough Council by 4 pm on 13th August.

Appeal to the Government Planning Inspectorate about plans to develop in Tournerbury Woods on Hayling Island. APP/18/00943.

If you have concerns about this, you need to contact the Inspectorate by 26th August.

Plans to build a Distribution Warehouse on the site of the Pfizer building in New Lane Havant. Demolition APP/21/00783

Sue Holt has already put in an objection to this on our behalf. Although we support the development of brown field sites, this type of development will vastly increase traffic and pollution through and round Havant, and would be better placed on the edge of town adjacent to the motorways.

There is a new application for the demolition of the old building between 21st September and 22nd March. If you have any comments to make about this they need to be with the Council by 17th August.

Campfield, north of Bartons Road, next to Havant Crematorium. APP/21/00678

Further application for 70 homes. Any comments need to be with the Council by 20th August.

 

Havant FOE Newsletter - July 2021

Havant Green Week 18th – 26th September

We’ve had lots of positive responses about the Green Week and we’re sure there will be lots going on. But we really need Havant FOE supporters to encourage people to get involved. Activities in schools, church services, guided walks will all help to get across the message that the people of Havant care about the environment and want the politicians to do more, especially at the vital COP 26 Climate talks in November.

We’ve shared Neil Layton’s book on climate change with all the primary schools, thanks to Hayling Bookshop, and children are invited to design posters for the week There’s still time!

Find out more about the week and the competition on the Havant Climate Alliance website https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/

Havant Thicket Reservoir

Following Outline Planning Approval by East Hants District Council as well as Havant, the Reservoir is going ahead although more of the details still need to be approved, such as positioning of access roads, walking and cycle paths, location and build of the visitor centre and of course tree planting and mitigating the emissions for the project.

We plan to get involved with the Stakeholders’ Advisory Group and the Community Advisory Group for this so if others would like to be involved, maybe on a specific topic like trees or cycle routes do contact Pat Brooks: [email protected]

River Ems

Friends of the Ems (FOTE) , who are part of Greening Westbourne, held a very informative zoom session on 18th June about the loss of water and water quality from the river. If you missed it you can find all that information on the link below:

https://e-voice.org.uk/greening-westbourne/friends-of-the-ems-fote/our-evidence-for-how-the-ems-h/

There are very few chalk streams worldwide with the majority being in England. They are home to rare and endangered species. While the Itchen and the Test have protection the Ems does not.

It is Portsmouth Water and not Southern Water who are abstracting water from the Ems aquifers and apparently the reservoir will not help as Portsmouth Water are contracted to let Southern Water have all the excess.

While FOTE are still talking to Portsmouth Water and other agencies, they are now hoping to involve the Chichester MP Gillian Keegan.

Local Plan Examination

The Government Planning Inspectorate will be carrying out an online examination of Havant’s Local Plan (for development to 2037) all week from 12th to 16th July. Representative’s from various local groups will have the opportunity to have their say.

If you are interested in watching any of the proceedings, please contact Pat Brooks: [email protected]

Friends of the Earth’s Action network has a new Near You tool which lets you discover key climate statistics for your area simply by entering your postcode. It means you can campaign with confidence – on transport, waste, housing, woodland cover, meat and dairy consumption and more. Crucially, Near you compares each area’s performance to government – and Friends of the Earth – targets. So you can learn exactly where your local authority needs to do better. https://takeclimateaction.uk/near-you

On 22nd July (6:30pm – 7:45pm) there’s a webinar explaining it all You can register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/near-you-data-tool-is-your-area-doing-enough-to-take-climate-action-registration-160754706655

Havant Climate Alliance Meetings

Meetings are via Zoom on the first and third Wednesdays and the next one will be on July 7th from 7pm. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

you can find out more on the website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or follow on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Portsmouth Green Drinks – Thursday 8th July at 6:30pm Meet up by Canoe Lake. Trial the Jetsam plastic logging app around the park and beach.  User feedback is paramount in making this as impactful as possible.
National Events
Let’s Cut the Clutter – 12th – 18th July. Our government at local and national level say they want more people walking local journeys. If we are to achieve this, we must start by clearing up our streets.

Living Streets is asking everyone to help map the scale of the problem, contact local councils and demand action to protect our pavements.

Plastic Free July Challenge!  Join the Marine Conservation Society to help stop plastic waste and become part of a global movement to protect our beautiful blue planet.
Talks
Defending Nature Through Legal Action (Natural History Museum) – Tuesday 27th July 1-1:30pm This talk explores how should the law handle those who poach, pollute or otherwise harm the environment?