Havant FOE Newsletter - February 2024

Friends of the Earth SE area webinar: Making 2024 your best campaigning year

Date: Wednesday 21st February
Time: 7.00pm to 8.15pm
Duration: 1 Hour 15

We will be joined by David Heller, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaign Activism as he takes us through the year ahead, identifying the key campaigning opportunities and how we can respond to them.

We will follow this with smaller discussions on local action groups’ priorities for the year and how we can best support each other to reach those goals.

You’re welcome to bring questions for David.

Click here to register

United for Warm Homes

Friends of the Earth plans to build on our successes in highlighting the need for more renewable energy, more retrofitting and help for people who are struggling to pay bills.

The idea now is to get pledges from all election candidates and the local group will be working on this over the next few months.

Find out more

Havant Borough Great Big Green Week

It’s definitely not too early to think about what you and the groups you belong to, might do for our local Green Week.

Check out the Havant Climate Alliance website which has loads of ideas.

The Big Plastic Count

In 2024, governments will be at the negotiating table for a Global Plastics Treaty, aiming to pave the way for a worldwide reduction in plastic production.

So there’s another Big Plastic Count to convince UK politicians to lead the way at these talks and push for a really strong treaty.

It’s simple, just count all your plastic waste from 11th-17th March.

Sign up here

Local Intelligence Hub

The Climate Coalition has just launched a new Local Intelligence Hub with lots of live data about local MPs, political candidates, and constituencies, as well as information about other people and groups who are already taking action on the climate and nature crises in their local area.

Explore the Local Intelligence Hub

Farlington Marshes – An Uncertain Future?

Please do read the blog from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and take part in their survey about the future of a treasured local wildlife area.

Take a look at the blog

National Meetings

Don’t forget that Friends of the Earth nationally run lots of online meetings which you can find Here

Fossil Fuel Non – Proliferation Treaty

There’s a huge international movement right now to demand that countries agree to a Fossil Fuel Non- Proliferation Treaty. It’s calling for no new fossil fuels, a fair phase-out of existing fossil fuels and a just transition to clean energy.

Some of the countries most affected by climate change have signed up but we need to get lots more, and the organisers are hoping that we can start with getting support from our cities and boroughs, and of course from party leaders.

So do please sign this petition

Local Nature Recovery Strategy

Development has started on the first Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

They want to hear our thoughts on nature priorities to inform the Strategy for protecting Hampshire’s natural environment.

You can also suggest areas which might be suitable for rewilding or communities.

Find out more and complete the survey

Rooftop Solar

The Council for the Protection of Rural England have asked us to support their campaign.

The government is considering making rooftop solar panels a basic expectation for most new buildings including all new houses.

This would be a huge win, protecting space for nature and farming.

Find out more

Havant FOE Subscriptions

If you already have a subscription to Havant Friends of the Earth, a very big thank you for your continual support, and as ever if you can continue with your subscription to us, please do so.

Your subscription to Havant Friends of the Earth makes it possible for us to be able to campaign on your behalf, the residents of Havant, and the residents of East Hampshire, on Local and National environmental issues that affect us all.

If you are a new follower to Havant Friends of the Earth and would like to consider supporting us and please do subscribe.

Without the continual support from followers like you, it makes campaigning, and raising awareness of Local and National environmental issues more difficult to address.

A suggested amount is £10, but please only give more or less depending on what you can afford.

Please make your online Subscription made payable to the following.

Name: Havant FOE or Havant Friends of the Earth
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Please could you also add either your surname, forename, or your initials for our reference.

Thank you!

Havant Climate Alliance Meetings

We’d love to see more people at our local planning meetings which are usually held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month on Zoom.

(February is different because of the South East meeting)

If you would like to join in the meetings please contact [email protected] if you’d like the link.

We are working on links with the Council and getting plans together for the General Election.

We are also challenging the water companies over effluent in the Solent and their plans to pump recycled effluent into the new reservoir, as well as keeping an eye on other planning applications.