Havant FOE Newsletter - December 2023

The UN Climate talks (COP28)

The talks are taking place in Dubai starting Thursday, and campaigners really want to see commitment to phasing out fossil fuels and realistic support for the Loss and Damage Fund for poorer countries, which was regarded as a major achievement of the last COP but is not yet properly financed.

These are really vital talks, as we are definitely not on track to keep temperature rises below 1.5 °C.

Now we Rise! Day of Action

Let’s call for climate justice around the world!

Join us on Saturday 9th December 12-2PM

Assemble & rally by the D-Day Museum, Southsea, 12-1PM, March to Palmerston Road, Southsea, 1-2PM

We’d like to see as many local groups as possible represented, so please share this with friends and groups you are in.

Please take this action:

Friends of the Earth are calling on Rishi Sunak not to break his climate promises and want to send this letter to him before he goes to COP28

We want him to hold to climate pledges for 2030 which were made at the Paris COP talks 15 years ago.

Sign the petition and tell Rishi Sunak: Don’t break your Climate Promise

Climate Scorecards

Last year, Climate Emergency UK assessed every published council Climate Action Plan and released the results as a set of Scorecards.

Now they have completed the far more demanding task of awarding Scorecards for every council’s actual performance against the climate goals they have set.

You can head over to Climate Emergency UK to see how Havant fared but we are also going to look at Havant’s scores in more detail and see how they compare with other comparable authorities at our meeting on 13th December.

Let us know if you would like the Zoom link.


In the lead-up to the COP28 rally, No 6 cinema in the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth will be showing the film Finite with speakers and Portsmouth’s own Climate Choir.

Find out more here

United for Warm Homes

This is the quilt we put together as part of the day of action for Warm Homes, when we called for help for people struggling with energy bills plus funding for more insulation and renewable energy. The campaign continues into the lead-up to the General Election as we want to see pledges from all the political parties to put adequate funding towards these three objectives.

Together with the New Economics Foundation, FOE have calculated that it would cost £15b over a ten-year period to provide every home with basic energy-saving measures, but that could save households three times that amount in energy saving costs.

Find out more details on the Friends of the Earth website

Local Meetings

We’d love to see more people at our local planning meetings which are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month on Zoom. Contact [email protected] if you’d like the link.