2018 will be another critical year in the struggle to prevent climate breakdown and to keep fossil fuels in the ground. 2017 saw record breaking carbon dioxide levels and temperatures around the world.

Towards the end of the year the UN reminded us that emissions pledges by countries will result in over three degrees of global warming, way above the safe limit.

As French President, Emmanuel Macron said at the One Planet summit in Paris in December, “We’re not moving quick enough. We all need to act.”

In the UK, the Government has reduced dependence on coal in the past five years, with the effect that coal generation represented only 2% of electricity generation in the first six months of 2017. Nevertheless, its dependence on gas (and commitment to fracking) leaves it dangerously exposed and at risk of not meeting its legally binding climate targets.

It’s expected that fracking will resume in earnest in the UK in 2018. Meanwhile, its most recent Budget stated that apart from offshore wind there will be an effective moratorium on new support or subsidies for low carbon electricity generation.

The Government’s independent advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, have stated the Government is not implementing the policies required for our country to meet its climate targets in the period 2023-2032.  The Government needs to bring in radical policies to reduce emissions from transport and housing, as well as energy, to meet these targets. The Government failed to address this in its Clean Growth Plan.

It’s likely that the Brexit deal will be concluded during 2018. Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, including those safeguarding environmental protections will be voted on this year.

As Bill McKibben stated in December 2017, “If we don’t win very quickly on climate change, then we will never win. That’s the core truth about global warming.” 

So what would quick wins look like?  Before the COP 23 climate talks in Bonn began, the Reclaim Power coalition of groups published a list of demands for the end of 2018. These have informed our campaigns for 2018.

ECO-nomy 2018

(Jan 2018 – Dec 2018; Search: ECO*-nomy2018 for campaign news stories)

Our priorities in 2018 will be:

  • Campaigning for an energy transformation of the UK with financial support given to renewable energy and a shift in Government policy on onshore wind.
  • Campaigning for public transport- in particular ending the rising costs of rail travel and calling for public ownership of the railways. We will also support electrification campaigns.
  • Promoting models for low carbon transformation including the Campaign Against Climate Change’s ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ report.

Further reading

(Please see bottom of page.)


Keep them in the Ground 2018 

(Jan 2018- Dec 2018; Search: Keep*in*ground2018 for campaign news stories)

Our priorities in 2018 will be:

  • Campaigning for the end of fracking in the UK. 
  • Opposing Trump’s climate denial and fossil fuel agenda and his neo-liberal allies in the UK.
  • Campaigning for a Brexit (and future trade deals) that protect the environment and keeps fossil fuels in the ground. 

Further reading

(Please see bottom of page.)


Natural Health Service

(Jan 2018 – Dec 2018; Search: Natural*Health for campaign news stories)

Our priority will be:

  • Campaigning against Drax Power Station’s large scale burning of industrial biomass and UK Government’s financing of that.

Further reading

(Please see below.)


Further reading

Global context

CO2 levels

The global emissions gap

Analysis of the Bonn climate talks 2017

Reclaim Power

UK Context

Analysis of the UK Budget

Guardian Analysis of the Clean Growth Plan

Analysis of the Clean Growth Plan: Campaign Against Climate Change summary :‘The Good, the Bad and the Missed Targets’

Advances in clean energy and the need to get off gas


(see also Useful resources)

Public transport campaigns

Action for Rail

Bring Back British Rail

Campaign for Better Transport

One Million Climate Jobs campaign

Keep them in the Ground

(see also Useful resources)

Fracking and Gas

‘Can the Climate afford Europe’s natural gas addiction?’ report by Friends of the Earth Europe and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Guardian article: ‘UK frackers are running out of time’


The Environmental Policy Forum on Brexit

Guardian article


Read updates on Trump’s climate denial, fossil fuel agenda and roll back of environmental protections in the Brexit-Clexit updates for 2017

Natural Health Service

(see also Useful resources)

Axe Drax campaign