Who are Climate Action Leicester and Leicestershire? We’re a group of people living in Leicester and Leicestershire who are terrified and inspired by the climate crisis and climate justice and are working together to address these issues. Our group started in October 2019 and we’d love you to join us.
We are about to start holding regular silent climate vigils in Leicester City at the Clock Tower.
The launch vigil will be on Sat 21st August 12noon-1pm, and will call attention to many of the places around the world suffering right now. Climate Action is making placards for people to hold naming countries and impacts (for example India: floods, locusts, heatwaves; Haiti: hurricanes, crop loss; Siberia: wildfires, Uganda: floods, drought; Sweden: heatwaves; Japan: mudslides). Please wear black or white.
From September onwards our vigils will be twice a month on the 2nd Monday 12-1pm, and the 4th Friday 5-6pm. The first couple will focus on COP26 (the international climate conference which the UK is hosting in November) and what the UK should be doing in advance of this conference – such as not funding or supporting new fossil fuels, funding green retrofit for homes, not building new roads or airports, supporting new wind and solar generation, requiring new cars not to be fossil fuelled, etc. After that we have plans to cover Climate Colonialism, Shell in Nigeria, UK divestment from fossil companies, and more. Please do get in touch via our contact page if you’d like to contribute ideas of be part of the vigil planning group. The hope is to use the vigils to think about specific climate issues in detail, as well as to meet each other and rasie awareness locally.
Greenwashing vs Renewable Energy Generation: which energy suppliers are making a positive difference? A lot of us think we are with a green energy company, but actually there’s a lot of greenwashing in this area. Climate Action L+L has just run an event to clarify things. You can see the slides (including ones not used in the actual event on other companies) here or watch a recording of the talk and debate here.
It consists of a half hour talk + Q&A on what energy companies are doing to support renewable generation and how most of them are greenwashing themselves.
This is followed by a half hour debate + Q&A on what the differences are between the actually green suppliers – which one ticks your boxes?
People look for different things with their energy company when they care about the climate crisis.
- You might want to know – like Hafsah’s family – that your supplier is either generating their own energy or buying it from a generator with a supportive private purchase agreement – this is generally the best way of checking that your energy is genuinely green, and the 3 companies they are choosing from are the best contenders here.
- Or like Mel, you might want your supplier to supply 100% green gas as well as electricity. Green Energy UK is the only company to do this at the moment.
- Maybe like Nick you want your supplier to prioritise the rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure around the UK – a key priority for Ecotricity.
- Are you like Akash whose priority is that the company he is with is lobbying for action on the climate crisis?
- Or perhaps like Lucy, you object to your supplier misleading you and claiming to be green when they aren’t.
- Maybe, like so many of us- and Neil, it’s simply something you’ve been meaning to do for ages but haven’t got round to.
Why not watch our Greenwashing vs Renewable Energy Generation Event here, and find out which company you want to be with?
Leicester’s Climate Emergency Action Plan.
When we first started as an organisation, we spent a lot of time and energy responding and support individuals to respond to Leicester City Council’s Climate Conversation Consultation. The Council’s action plan coming out of this consultation can now be found here, and while it makes a start, we had hoped for far stronger action. Therefore Climate Action has responded to the action plan – and 17 of the organisations in our Climate Coalitions have endorsed ther reponse. You can see our response here. Now we wait to see if it improves.
We’ve just finished organising an online ‘Climate and Me’ event. This 3 day event was designed to get people thinking, talking and feeling about climate change. We hope it will broaden the conversations about climate change and its implications and leave us all thinking in new ways and feeling inspired to act.
We hope you will be inspired to take action against climate change as a result of the 3 day ‘Climate and Me’ event we’ve just run, so we’ve set up a page with many suggestions of things you could do – and the opportunity to pledge to do specific things or make up your own pledge – have a look here and see if there is something (or more than one thing) you can do.
THANK YOU to all of you who responded to – and helped other people to respond to – the Local Plan! Our work is already having results: