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Havant FOE Newsletter - March 2021

Havant: Green Jobs For All

Join us for a public meeting on Zoom on 24th March at 7pm. There will be a short presentation by Laura Ho from national Green New Deal UK, outlining the aims of the campaign, as well as presentations by Gary Morton, chair of Havant branch of Unison, and Councillors Julie Thain-Smith and Lulu Bowerman from Havant Borough Council giving information about Green Jobs locally.

The meeting will then be opened up for contributions and discussion from the audience. Green New Deal UK will be releasing data in March to show how many green jobs could be created in each local area across the country.

Havant Green New Deal wants to make sure that everyone in Havant Borough hears this figure and joins us in demanding investment locally in Green Jobs to help the economic recovery and to create sustainable jobs for the future. Come and have your say!

https://actionnetwork.org/events/havant-green-jobs-for-all

There’s lots more information on the new Facebook page for Green New Deal Havant Please like and share it on social media

Green Jobs

Do you know about interesting green jobs locally? Do you have ideas for creating green jobs in the Havant area? Are you looking for a green job and finding it hard to access training? We’d love to hear your views.

Green New Deal Havant is looking for people to share their stories.

Share your thoughts or ideally make a short 40 second video which can be shared on social media on 23rd March.

We want to make sure that everyone in our community hears this figure, joins us in demanding Green Jobs.

Read the preliminary report here https://www.greennewdealuk.org/updates/green-jobs-for-all-report/

Local Elections May 6th

This is a key moment to influence candidates and South East Climate Alliance has come up with a pledge card to ask local candidates if they will commit, if elected, to press their Council to four Pledges:

  • Aim higher,
  • Build partnerships,
  • Communicate
  • Divest from fossil fuels.

We want to make sure climate change is at the front of both candidates’ and voters’ minds as they go into the election. Find out more: https://seclimatealliance.uk/abcdpledge/

FOE are running a training session: How to lobby your council election candidates on 15th March.

Climate Action have put information, resources and training opportunities on their Elections 2021 hub page

Also they have created some new images  to use to get the word out about local campaigns.

COP 26.  The international climate conference in November is a really vital moment to raise governments’ ambitions and get them to commit to policies which will keep global temperature rises down. There are lots of good ideas around and you can find a summary and links to the key groups working on this on http://www.campaign.exchange/campaigns/cop26/

The coalition is organising a second programme of talks From The Ground Up #2: Take  Action Now  which has now been postponed to 22-25 April

This four day global online gathering will include 24 dedicated sessions focused on some of the key issues facing our movements today, including

  • How do we build power in our communities and workplaces for climate justice?
  • How can we mobilise millions of people into taking action to stop fossil fuels extraction?
  • How can we organise to win?

And this is an article from the latest South East Climate Alliance newsletter https://seclimatealliance.uk/cop26-call-to-action/

Climate Action have produced a strategy for the year which they’d like us to share with local groups https://takeclimateaction.uk/resources/climate-action-groups-2021-strategy

They are also collating views from climate activists: https://friendsoftheearth.typeform.com/to/OQc59gxH

Warblington Farm Nitrates Scheme up for an Award.

We have news that Havant Borough Council has been put up for/or has put itself up for an award from the CIEEM (Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management) for its innovative scheme to turn Warblington Farm, a mixed dairy and arable farm, into a nature reserve, so enabling a Nitrate Credit system which allows housebuilding to go ahead.

Much was made of this being a high Nitrate producing farm, so reducing production would theoretically reduce the amount of nitrates entering the Chichester and Langstone Harbours. Calculations for this were based on a mathematical formula from Natural England based on an average of Nitrate run off for different types of farm in the Solent area.

Our understanding was that there was low fertiliser  use on the farm, although we have no measurements to make our case. The 90 cows are probably the larger source of nitrates, but for the time being they remain, even while Nitrate Credits are being issued.

Even by Natural England’s calculations, there are types of farm like pigs and poultry which produce far more nitrates, so such a farm would be better used for nitrate mitigation and have a more significant effect on reducing harmful nitrates in our Harbours.

And there is also a whole other issue about how Southern Water discharges of its stormwater.

One would like to object to this award, although we have to admit that the Warblington Scheme is a clever, innovative and cheap (HBC’s own land) solution to enable house building, even if it isn’t helping the Harbours much.

Also we do not have the scientific evidence of nitrate levels on the farm to make a concrete case against it. So our arguments are a bit hypothetical. However if anyone thinks that we should be making a representation to CIEEM please let me know.

Further Planning Application for 195 houses on land north of Sinah Lane

This remains under Appeal by the Planning Inspectorate and HBC have already said that in theory they will permit it, but the original application APP/18/00724 has had a few tweaks so these now need approval at the Planning Committee on 10th March. In case anyone wants to present another deputation it needs to be with HBC no later than 4pm on Monday 8th March.

Trees are great for helping tackle the climate emergency, storing carbon and providing shade and habitats. Hampshire County Council intends to plant more trees on residential roads during the next planting season, starting in November 2021. The council would like your help to identify suitable locations.

If you know of a local street that could be improved for people and enhanced for nature by the presence of trees, please nominate it by using this form

Hampshire Solar Together

Hampshire County Council has just launched a new scheme to cut the cost of solar panels. It’s a group buying scheme (with iChoosr) for homeowners and small businesses. They will gather details of interested people over the next few week, then iChoosr will select approved solar panel suppliers to quote for all the installations. The aim is to get a discount on the usual price..

To register, or find out more, visit the Solar Together webpage.

The Committee on Climate Change has produced a very interesting supporting paper on the role of local authorities in delivering the UK’s Net Zero ambition.

It highlights the current disconnect between what central government and local authorities are doing, and aims to provide a framework for aligning climate action at the local level with the CCC’s pathways for the UK.

The report provides important ammunition for local councils to argue for greater support from central government for their climate action efforts, and an altogether more joined up approach.

Green Drinks Portsmouth

Thurs 11th March, 8pm, Irreplaceable: Urban Green Spaces We’ll be joined by Julian Hoffman, author of ‘Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save our Wild Places, and will be discussing the value of urban green spaces for both wildlife and human wellbeing.

Thurs 25th March, 8pm, Portsmouth Climate Board Update We’ll be joined by Nick Sebley for an update on the Board, launch of the new website and new strategy.

Greentech South supports businesses in the low carbon sector and publishes a monthly eNewsletter with lots of local events, details of funding and more. You can read it here, and subscribe to get your own monthly copy here
Havant Climate Alliance Zoom MeetingsDon’t forget that HCA meets via Zoom most WednesdaysThe next meeting is on Wednesday 17th at 7.00pm

If you would like the details on how to join in please contact [email protected]

Find out more on their website at https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or  follow them on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Havant FOE Newsletter - February 2021

Show the Love

February is the month to make, wear or share green hearts, get the climate message out and talk to people about how the climate crisis will affect things they love.

There are lots of good ideas and resources in the Climate Coalition’s Action pack for February. https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love

Good news day

12th February is a day to share positive stories about what people are doing to make our world better. Find stories to share on social media. And use the hashtag #showthelove

One thing everyone loves is good health but that can be threatened by climate change too. The Climate Coalition has just produced a new report on how the changing climate affects our health. https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/health-report

Local elections

On Thursday 6th May there will probably be elections across England for around 150 local councils, 7 Metro Mayors and the London Mayor and Assembly. These elections could make a real difference to the fight for a green and fair future. FOE have produced new resources. https://takeclimateaction.uk/elections/elections-2021-have-say-your-communitys-future

Other FoE resources Don’t forget that FOE has loads of really useful materials, especially on taking action with local authorities and also runs webinars and training sessions https://takeclimateaction.uk/join

2021 is a key year for the climate because we have vital COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November and because the prediction of our reaching points of irreversible change are very clear. There are lots of events planned for 2021 and lots of groups involved. They are mainly linked into the Climate Coalition and the Cop26 Coalition. Lots of groups are also part of the Green New Deal UK which has produced plans for a post COVID recovery with Build Back Better.
The COP26 coalition is organising lots of events including a second programme of talks 27-28 March 2021and is planning to mobilise people all over the world in the lead up to the crucial climate talks in November. You can read their latest newsletter.

https://cop26coalition.org/cop26/cop26-news/

Green Jobs – Do you have ideas for creating green jobs locally? Are you finding it hard to access training? We’d love to hear your views. Send them to The Green New Deal will be producing a report on what jobs could be created in each constituency in early March and we are organising a meeting to discuss the report on 24th March at 7 p.m.

Read the preliminary report here https://www.greennewdealuk.org/updates/green-jobs-for-all-report/

Greenprint for South Hampshire

The Partnership for South Hampshire, a group of 12 local Authorities, including Havant, are working on a green recovery for the region. This will focus on social, economic and environmental factors. Policies will include: safeguarding biodiversity and natural capital, addressing health and skills inequalities, supporting green infrastructure initiatives, developing affordable and efficient housing, creating sustainable jobs and construction. There is a risk of these objectives getting lost under other pressures like maintaining housebuilding numbers or lack of funding, so it will be up to us to remind our Councillors about it.

Water Quality

The Partnership for South Hampshire are investigating a long-term solution to excess nitrates in our local Harbours and Solent. They want a sub-regional mitigation strategy, probably in the form of more land being set aside. Warblington Farm is seen as a relatively short-term solution for Havant. Natural England and the Environment Agency are reviewing permits for Southern Water Wastewater Treatment Works with view to reducing nitrates and pollution. The 2nd reading of the Sewage (inland Waters) Bill which could benefit our water quality, as been postponed for the time being due to Covid pressures.

Havant Borough Council’s Constitution

The Council have agreed an updated version which will bring it more into alignment with that for East Hants District Council. This will make it easier for staff who work across both Councils. Councillors insist that previous issues of corruption at EHDC have been addressed and will not affect Havant.

Outstanding Planning Applications

  • New Lidl by B&Q at Purbrook
  • Changes to Mill Rythe Holiday Village
  • 195 houses near Sinah Lane, Hayling
  • Lower Road Bedhampton.
  • Brockhampton West Landfill Site
  • Havant Thicket Reservoir
  • Regeneration of 5 – 11 East Street, Havant
  • 191 flats on the former SSE site, corner of Bartons and Petersfield Road
  • Aquind Interconnector

If you would like more information on any of these please contact Pat Brooks via [email protected]

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 is from 22nd Feb to 8th March is on the theme of climate – how people in poorer countries are already hit by the changing climate and how Fairtrade can help. There’s an online festival as well as events around the country. There are loads of excellent resources for schools, including materials to use at home and an invitation for young people to share their vision of the world they’d like to see: There are also good short videos which could be included in a virtual coffee morning or a service and plenty of materials to share on social media.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Join us for a local event Climate, Fairtrade and You at 6.30 on Monday 1st March https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-fairtrade-and-you-tickets-140578583327

Actions to take
Saving Bees

On 8 January 2021, the UK government temporarily authorised the use of a bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticide. Neonicotinoids can contaminate the soil, waterways and wildflowers, threatening our bees and other wildlife.

The department for the environment (Defra) is drawing up a new Pesticides Action Plan. If enough of us speak up, we could help reduce the use of pesticides in our countryside.

https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/shape-future-our-countryside

Stop Heathrow expansion

The Supreme Court has overturned our historic victory on Heathrow’s third runway, allowing the project to proceed to the next stage. Expansion at any airport would be a disaster for climate.

But there is hope. The judgment is by no means a “green light”, and Boris Johnson has the power to scrap the policy decision to support Heathrow expansion. Join us in asking the government to stop plans for a third runway.

https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/petition/tell-uk-government-stop-heathrow-expansion

New Coal mine for Cumbria. An amazing decision when the government is promising to decarbonise the economy. Please add your voice to this Greenpeace petition https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/government-coal-mine-robert-jenrick-climate/
Hampshire Pension Fund

If you or your friends are in HCC pension fund and support divestment, email [email protected] (If problems, email [email protected]). You can read the background at https://www.winacc.org.uk/hampshire-pension-divestment/

Local Transport consultation

Hampshire County Council is running a consultation on their local transport plans so do take some time to share your thoughts. Please respond to HCC LTP4 questionnaire, whether or not you want involvement.

https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/localtransportplan    Deadline 28th February to respond

Events

Portsmouth Green Drinks meeting – Thursday 11th February at 8pm.   Andrew Waggott, Energy Services Manager at Portsmouth City Council will talk about the Home Energy Support Service which is expanding to cover all homes across the city.

Don’t forget that Havant Climate Alliance meets via Zoom most Wednesdays. The next meeting is on Wednesday 17th at 7.00pm

Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details.

Find out more on their website. https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or  follow them on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Webinars
The Government’s Committee on Climate Change is running a series of webinars:  the Path to Net Zero series, available at https://www.theccc.org.uk/news-insights/coming-up/. .On Wed 24th from 10.00 to 11.00 it’s focussing on what Local Authorities can do. They are all recorded to watch later.

Havant FOE Newsletter - January 2021

2021 is a key year for the climate because we have vital COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November and because the prediction of our reaching points of irreversible change are very clear. The UN Environment Programme has just produced an Emissions Gap Report. https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2019. Emissions did fall 7% in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns, but scientists agree that we e need this scale of emissions cuts every year. We want to prevent the world going above 1.5°C of temperature rise by 2100, but we are actually still on course for 3.2°C of warming.

We have to keep reminding ourselves that climate change is happening now and having devastating effects on some of the poorest communities around the world. And let’s really increase the pressure on politicians and businesses.

There are lots of events planned for 2021 and lots of groups involved. They are mainly linked into the Climate Coalition and the Cop26 Coalition. Lots of groups are also part of the Green New Deal UK which has produced plans for a post COVID recovery with Build Back Better.

The Climate Coalition has been putting pressure on the government under the slogan The Time is Now and there are lots of plans for 2021 including a huge climate festival and a lobby of MPs but they are stressing that we need to get the message out all year.

A comms pack for messaging in January (including a special video) can be downloaded now and another for the annual Show the Love action In February can be downloaded here

The COP26 Coalition also has lots of plans for 2021. You can sign up for their newsletter on this page. They organised a four day conference in November and you can find most of the talks on their website

The Green New Deal group is working on Green Jobs at the moment and has produced a new report showing just what jobs could be created and how much it would cost. By March they will have taken this further and produced detailed figures for each constituency and they are asking us to publicise this as much as possible and to try and meet local MPs.

The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the climate crisis for Fairtrade Fortnight in February with a huge virtual festival and we want to use the time to hear about the reality of global heating for many desperately poor communities. Find out more here

There’s a big push to get a Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill through Parliament and this is the main focus for the current XR action. But there are lots of other ways to support it by contacting MPs and raising awareness.

“Planning for the Future” White Paper

The Government appears to have ditched the algorithm that would have almost doubled the number of houses expected to be built in Havant. However we are waiting to find out what will happen about the rest of the Bill which could reduce democratic involvement in planning decisions.

Local Plan

We submitted our responses to Havant Borough’s Changes to their Pre-Submission Local Plan to 2037, last month, and are waiting to know whether any of our views, especially on environmental issues, have been taken on board. Even if they are not, all comments will be passed to the Planning Inspectors, when the Plan is finally submitted to them.

Havant Borough Council and Planning

We are a member of Havant Residents’ Alliance. Our position is to oppose those applications that threaten the environment, even with “mitigation” e.g. developments on foraging sites for brent geese and waders.

Where developments go ahead we ask for the best low carbon building standards: a high level of insulation, and low carbon heating and power e.g. no gas, installation of solar PV panels or heat pumps; good walking and cycle routes plus secure cycle stores and EV charging points. Council policy is now for a Net Gain in Biodiversity.

To ensure this we want existing trees, hedgerows and vegetation to be retained as far as possible, with replanting where necessary with native species, including large deciduous trees. Additional trees should be planted to assist with carbon reduction.

We also want to ensure that hedgerows, trees and vegetation are adequate to provide wildlife corridors through and around sites. A variety of bird and bat boxes on trees and houses are advised plus reptile refuges where appropriate.

We support developments on brownfield sites over greenfield, but current housing targets cannot be reached on brownfield alone. (You might wish to debate the targets).

Pat Brooks has also produced a really useful list of local planning applications and if you’d like a copy, or could get involved with contesting these, please contact [email protected]

Events Coming Up

Portsmouth Green Drinks meeting – Thursday 14th January at 8pm. Professor Steve Fletcher will talk about the University of Portsmouth’s Revolution Plastics, a transformative programme focusing on sustainability and the environment.

The UK’s International Contribution – the sixth carbon budget and net zero webinar – Thursday 14th  January 10-11am.  An online session to mark the start of 2021 – they year of COP26 – dedicated to exploring the Climate Change Committee’s advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget as a fair and ambitious contribution to the Paris Agreement.

The Climate Change Committee has organised a whole series of webinars over the next few weeks and you can find the details here

The next meeting of Hampshire Climate Action Network is on Saturday 23rd January 9.45 for 10.00 by Zoom. If you’d like to join it, email to ask for the zoom link, and to suggest items for the agenda. [email protected]

You’ll get the agenda and Zoom link nearer the date.

Bye Bye Plastic talk – Wednesday 27rd January 12-1pm The London Natural History Museum hosts three speakers: a scientist researching the impact of plastic pollution on seabirds; an activist who successfully campaigned for a single use plastic ban on their home island of Bali and a photographer raising awareness through a unique portrayal of plastic debris.

Your Better Nature – A series of thought-provoking webinars United Nations Association: Climate & Oceans on Wednesday 27 January, 3 February and 10 February.

Environment Talks: How Your Pounds can Protect our Planet talk – Thursday 28th January 5:30-6:30pm.  Whether you’re just beginning your journey into more sustainable living or are 10 steps ahead of the masses, one thing that is often ignored is thinking about where our money goes. No, we’re not talking about what you buy but where your money is stored.  Hosted by Impact Hub King’s Cross.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 29th-31st January. Enjoy an hour with wildlife and discover the wildlife on your doorstep.

Don’t forget that Havant Climate Alliance meets via Zoom most Wednesdays

Contact [email protected] if you’d like the details

Find out more on their website. https://havantclimatealliance.wordpress.com/ or Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter: @HavClimate

Havant’s Lesser Known Wildlife (and how we can help it)

Wednesday, 27th January 2021 from 19:30 UTC-20:30 UTC

Price: free · Duration: 1 hr

Come and find out about some of the less well-known wildlife species that call Havant home and what you can do to help them survive – and even bring back species that have been lost. This is a great opportunity hear from local wildlife gardener and conservation activist Martin Hampton, who will be sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife, sharing some examples of practical action in the borough and inspiring listeners to do their own bit to help boost biodiversity. Please sign up via the Action Network link provided to receive a Zoom link to this event. https://actionnetwork.org/…/havants-less-known-wildlife…

Coastal Group

The coast and local harbours are a huge focus just now, with sea level rise, failing sea defences, sewage and nutrient pollution, natural habits under threat, and many other issues.

So we’ve formed a small coastal sub-group within Havant Climate Alliance and Havant Friends of the Earth to focus on them.

We’ve started by joining the Hayling Island Environmental Forum, being chaired by Alan Mak, MP.

And we’re now stakeholders on the Hayling Island Coastal Management Strategy, which will report in 2022 with a strategy to take Hayling to 2120.

They’re currently in the data collection phase, and we recently had our first stakeholder consultation workshops.

More details at https://coastalpartners.org.uk/project/hayling-island-coastal-management-strategy-2120/

If you’d like to be involved, or be on our mailing list, please drop an email to [email protected].