01524 928002


Climate & Environmental Emergency Conference

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With governments failing to take action to reverse, or even stop climate change, Local councils can play a key role in leading the climate emergency response.

Our ultimate aim is a national declaration of a Climate & Environmental Emergency with its ability to unlock all the required policy changes and funds for a rapid climate emergency mobilisation, but local councils can start the ball rolling by demonstrating successful climate emergency initiatives at the local level.

Whether your Council has declared a 'Climate Emergency' yet or not, we all need to share ideas and information to ensure that urgent, effective action is taken.

Workshops include:

  • Getting carbon targets into Local Plans. Why councils should be including carbon reduction targets in their Local Plans by reference to the various legal duties and policy requirements, as well as touching on why doing so can be a transformative step. (Sam Hunter Jones, Lawyer, Client Earth).
  • Local Energy. Why local authorities should be getting more engaged in the energy debate; what the drivers are; and a number of local authority examples of intervention in the energy market, highlighting lessons, problems, benefits, learning points for others to follow. (Phil Brennan, Head of APSE Energy).
  • Health effects of Climate Change Why climate change threatens catastrophic impacts to human health but could be the greatest global opportunity of the century - the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on physical and mental health health and the potential co-benefits of concerted action. (Dr. Hayley Pinto, mother & doctor).
  • Citizen's Assemblies & Citizen's Juries Citizens' Assemblies (50-200 people) and Citizen's Juries (20-30 people) can enable a randomly selected group of the public to devise a plan for tackling climate change. Such a process can give the mandate to politicians to take action as well as mobilising local people for action.  Peter has run over thirty Juries on a range of topics from Fracking to Alcohol harm and in this participatory workshop will explore what the process could look like at a local level and its potential impact.(Peter Bryant, Shared Future CIC).
  • Tackling climate with food; how to leverage your locality.  Exploring how local authorities can leverage food systems to shift towards more regenerative local food systems and cultures. In doing so we will explore a series of questions as a group; drawing on case studies and established tools for inspiration. (Anna Clayton, Writer/Researcher, Ethical Consumer & LESS Local Food Project worker,Jessica Davies and Rachel Marshall).
  • Wasted: food, wellbeing and climate. Drawing on Lancaster as a case study, we will explore how local authorities can integrate action around climate change, poverty and food waste. (Martin Paley +)
  • Creating & implementing a carbon zero plan the issues a Council may need to consider and examples from 'carbon neutral' Stroud (Cllr Simon Pickering, Chair of Environment Committee, Stroud District Council)
  • Zero Carbon Britain explores the technical, cultural, social, economic and political landscapes – looking at ways of overcoming barriers to change.(Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology & Zero Carbon Britain).
  • Engaging young people in the 'climate emergency' campaign and implementation of motions. Lancaster Youth For Environment
  • Campaigning strategies to get your Council to declare a 'Climate Emergency' How to get 'Declaring a Climate Emergency on the agenda, how to communicate with and support sympathetic Councillors, how to ensure that a strong motion is passed. (Cllr. Kevin Frea & Hazel Graham, Chief Executive, Cumbria Action for Sustainability).
  • How do politicians understand and respond to climate change, and how can we engage them and encourage them to act? This workshop will present research by Rebecca Willis for Lancaster University and Green Alliance, and will include a practical workshop on how to organise and run a meeting with a local or national politician. (Dr. Rebecca Willis, Convenor, Green Alliance Climate Leadership programme for MPs).
  • From Opposition to Proposition: building the local climate emergency movement The session will look at how climate protests offer localities the chance to  re-found local democracy; turning protest movements into propositional ones. For local authorities, the challenge is to offer more meaningful levels of citizen engagement. For social movements, it is to find positive roles that link the personal and local with bigger structural changes that we all need. (Alan Simpson, Shadow Chancellor's Advisor on Sustainable Economics).
  • Climate Emergency: turning resolutions into action As a succession of local authorities pass 'climate emergency' motions, the difficult questions are 'what happens next?' and ''what powers and duties do we need?'. This workshop will look at some of the lessons we might draw from elsewhere. (Alan Simpson).
  • Practical steps to zero carbon 33 actions local authorities can take on climate change (Richard Dyer, Friends of the Earth & Phil Davies, Cafs)
  • Climate Jobs: how do we develop local strategies? Trade Unions and the Campaign Against Climate Change started the "1 million Climate Jobs" campaign a decade ago. It has now dgone global with campaigns in France, Portugal, Norway, South Africa, New York... But how do we use those ideas locally to push local authorities to declare Climate Emergency (Clara Paillard, PCS Union, Climate Jobs Campaign)
  • What does the Green New Deal mean for the UK? The Green New Deal has swept onto the US political scene and changed the terms of the debate. Could the same happen in the UK? This workshop will look at how activists and others can work toward a UK Green New Deal (Becky Willis, Jamie Driscoll, Clara Paillard).
  • Can we transform the world by 2030? A rapid transition, including widespread behaviour change to sustainable lifestyles, is necessary to live within planetary ecological boundaries and to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees. (Andrew Simms, Author, Political Economist and Campaigner, Rapid Transition Alliance)
  • Land Use & Carbon Capture changing land use so that carbon is captured rather than emitted (Paul Allen & Mike Berners-Lee).
  • Communicating Climate Emergency - What on Earth can your organisation do?' As major decision makers, influencers, role models and actors in supply chains, Local Authorities have a key part to play in encouraging other organisations to consider their impact on the environment. How can this be communicated effectively at different levels Dr. Jan Maskell, Scientists for Global Responsibility).
  • How can we achieve divestment by Local Government Pension Funds  Local Goverment Pension Schemes have huge potential to bring about positive change for action on climate change. What influence can we bring to LGPS to encourage a move toward divesting from fossil fuels? Is engagement as shareholders enough? and what about active investing? (Cllr. Gina Dowding, Lancashire County Council (Pension Fund Committee)
  • The campaign for a 'climate emergency' declaration (Natalie Bennett, Former Leader, Green Party leader).
  • Verification and validation of claims working towards a common standardised methodology based on the GHG Protocol or similar that all councils sign up to, so we have an ability to compare, benchmark and contrast results. (Gideon Richards)

Target Audience:

Councillors, Council Leaders and Officers, Community, Climate & Political Activists (all ages & Parties).

Please register even if you can't make it, so that you can participate online via Zoom and also receive audio/video from the event. If you can offer or want to share a lift please register at Freewheelers.

The Conference Fee doesn't include food which will be available from Lancaster Refugee Kitchen and paid for separately. Also there are great cafes nearby.

Sponsored by Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group, Cumbria Action for Sustainability


March 29th, 2019 10:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
Town Hall
Dalton Square
Lancaster, LA1 1PJ
Phone: 01524 928002
Event Fee(s)
Standard £ 15.00
Unwaged £ 5.00
Free (can't afford to pay) £ 0.00
Solidarity Rate (pay for free place) £ 30.00
Can't attend (join in networking) £ 0.00

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