Communities, governments and international bodies around the world are declaring a ‘climate emergency’. Here in Birmingham, our city council made a declaration in June 2019, with unanimous support. But what does this mean, and how can we respond to this emergency?
The Birmingham declaration calls for a ‘just transition’ to net-zero carbon for the city by 2030 – an ambitious target that can only be achieved by making big changes to our lives. We can all make a difference as individuals, but we also need to come together to make the changes needed.
How much do you feel part of a local or city community?
Can accepting that we are facing an emergency galvanise us into action?
These are difficult questions, and if you’re not sure where to begin, why not get in touch for a friendly (online) chat and to get some inspiration.
Latest Posts on Responding to the Climate Emergency:
Tyseley: Refuse, Rethink, Recycle-Let’s challenge Birmingham City Council to stop burning 75% of the waste that they collect from households and businesses. Tyseley Incinerator is where Birmingham’s general waste is currently burned – the plant is the biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in the city. The contract for this rubbish burning will soon be running out, […]
Make your Money Work for Good-Our theme Think Global, Act Local, Get Equal is all about economic equality. One aspect of this topic that affects us all is banking: banks invest your money—mostly in big business and other banks & financial institutions. Who is looking after your money, and how much do you know about what they do with it? […]
Keep taking action on the Climate Emergency-Our theme A Burning Issue is coming to an end – but the issue of climate change isn’t going away, and there are many ways to keep taking action: Support Fridays for Future by joining the digital strike each week; Join the upcoming Earth, Climate & Birmingham online workshops organised by our friends at Footsteps; […]
Agroecology: What is it & Why support it?-Image: USDA CC BY 2.0 There are lots of small actions we can all take to eat more sustainably. But to make the big changes we need to feed everyone whilst also maintaining our environment, our food systems need to change. A sustainable approach to this called ‘Agroecology’. The Agriculture Bill will be debated in […]
Building the New Normal?-During this time of lockdown, many people have been reflecting on what it all means for the environment, and for climate action. The public response to the Covid-19 crisis has shown that individuals, organisations and governments are willing to make significant and rapid changes when faced with a major threat. Can this translate into climate […]
Keep supporting Fridays for Future-You can continue to support Fridays for Future via the Digital Strike. Young people have been showing leadership in taking action on the climate emergency through schools strikes on Fridays, and are asking adults to support them in this. Digital Strike was started to allow people who couldn’t physically take part in a strike to […]
Make a Veg-Pledge-It can be difficult to know how to make a difference to the climate emergency in our own lives. One of the simplest and most effective things we can do is switch to a more plant-based diet. Could you make a ‘veg pledge’ to eat plant-based food for a day? a week? a month? a […]
Join us to explore a Burning Issue-Peace Hub’s theme for March & April 2020 will be a Burning Issue exploring: How can we respond to the Climate Emergency? Communities, governments and international bodies around the world are declaring a ‘climate emergency’. Here in Birmingham, our city council made a declaration in June 2019, with unanimous support. But what does this mean, […]
Tackle Climate Breakdown-In this article, we’re looking at how we could Tackle Problems like Climate Breakdown. Our most basic security need is to have a liveable planet. Yet climate change is often left down the list of security priorities. Climate breakdown could also make increase conflict, as resources become more scarce. Could tackling problems like climate breakdown […]
Take action: Patricia’s Story-Photo by Caroline Bennett, Amazon Watch. Our current theme Safe & Sound is all about rethinking security. Patricia Gualinga and the Mujeres Amazonicas are standing up for a peaceful and just idea of security – read their story and find out how you can take action: Patricia Gualinga is an indigenous leader of the Kichwa […]