ECO-nomy 2017

(Jan 2017 – Dec 2017; Search: ECO*-nomy2017 for campaign news stories)

During 2016, in the year leading up to the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, we campaigned for a major expansion in the green economy by developing renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings and public transport. This took the form of supporting the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ campaign along with campaigning to support the Fifth Carbon Budget and calling for the Government to publish a Low Carbon Investment Plan.

In 2017, we will continue to connect with social justice organisations to show that a green future is one that works – creating jobs, improved health and a fairer society. Many of our activities will be focused on providing a platform for these organisations. We will be arguing that we cannot address climate change – nationally or internationally – without addressing inequality and challenging free-market solutions. We will challenge political representatives and candidates on these matters.

One of our prIMG_1450iorities during 2017 will be to continue to promote the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ campaign. In 2013, the third edition of the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ report was produced by the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union group. It was supported by eight national trade unions and sets out how to tackle the climate and economic crises through the creation of a National Climate Service.

We will contrast the positive, hopeful programme set out in the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ report with the attacks on the green economy initiated by the UK government in the July 2015 Emergency Budget and in no way reversed by Theresa May since July 2016. (More on the Government’s backwards movement on climate change: here and here.)

wrongwayfbbannerFor us, while recognising the diversity of responses to climate change, we feel that a key parallel focus of the ECO-nomy 2017 campaign is to highlight the mismatch between the government’s rhetoric in seeking to address climate change (articulated at the December 2015 UN Climate Talks in Paris) and its policies which undermine our national efforts to take the climate action which the UK government committed to in Paris.

Read here an excellent Friends of the Earth summary of global and UK progress on climate change up to November 2016.

Further reading

(Please see bottom of page.)


Keep them in the Ground 2017 

(Jan 2017 – Dec 2017; Search: Keep*in*ground2017 for campaign news stories)

If our goal is to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising more than two degrees Celsius—the upper limit identified by the nations of the world—how much more new digging and drilling can we do? Here’s the answer: zero.

Bill McKibben, Recalculating the Climate Math, 22/9/16

During 2016, the science under pinning the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground developed further.  A new report by Oil Change International used fossil fuel industry figures to work out that that to avoid dangerous climate change we cannot build new coal mines, drill new fields or build more pipelines. It found that the world’s coal mines and oil and gas wells, currently in production contain 942 gigatons worth of CO2, well above the 800 gigatons limit that scientists have set for a two thirds chance of staying below two degrees Celsius.  For a fifty-fifty chance of staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius (as set out in the Paris Climate Agreement) we can only emit 353 gigatons of CO2.

During 2016, there was both good news and bad news on the use of fossil fuels.

On the one hand, there was a continued decline in coal use leading to the second year of carbon emissions maintaining the same rate. In the UK, use of coal fell dramatically – down two thirds on 2015-  and the Government confirmed its commitment to close all close power plants by 2025.

On the other hand, exploration and applications for oil and gas continued apace, with decisions to allow fracking in North Yorkshire and Lancashire (by local government and Secretary of State, respectively).

Through 2017, we will continue to oppose both the extraction of fossils fuels and the maintenance and development of infrastructure that locks us into a fossil fuel economy.

Depending on the webimagegreatest need and our capacity, we hope to support campaigning against fracking in the UK, coal (including opencast) in the UK, Drax’s burning of coal (alongside biomass: see our Natural Health Service campaign below) and campaigns against aviation expansion.

We will also support campaigns against the CETA trade deal on the grounds that it would strengthen fossil fuel corporations, undermine climate policies and potentially bring tar sands to Europe.

We will also be highlighting the role of the UK Government in subsidising and otherwise supporting the UK’s dirty energy economy. Since she came to office in July 2016, Theresa May’s Government has done nothing to withdraw support for oil and gas exploration, has announced massive investment in roads and continued to drive through fracking, despite local decision making.

KCCC_20160507-12In our Keep them in the ground 2017 campaign, we will continue to join with other campaigning groups to highlight the cognitive dissonance between the UK government’s rhetoric on climate action and its policies which lock us into a carbon future (as summarised in the New Scientist article  ‘14 ways the UK has backtracked on climate pledges this year’ and Campaign Against Climate Change’s statement ‘Going Backwards On Climate Change’).

Further reading

(Please see bottom of page.)


Natural Health Service

(Jan 2017 – Dec 2017; Search: Natural*Health for campaign news stories)

The catastrophic flooding in the North of England in late 2016 reminded us of the impact both of climate change and loss of ecoystems (such as blanket bogs and woodlands) to absorb extreme rainfall.

forest websiteThere are two major threats to our stable climate: carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels and the degradation and loss of ecosystems such as forests, peat lands, oceans and soils.

The services to humanity provided by these ecosystems – in providing oxygen, supplying us with food, locking in carbon dioxide and enhancing the water cycle – are virtually priceless.

Furthermore, many ecosystems such as woods and forests, peat lands, coral reefs and mangroves have a crucial role:

– in protecting communities from extreme weather caused by climate change and

– in maintaining key services (such as fresh water) that are threatened by climate change.

For humans and the planet, these ecosystems truly provide a ‘Natural Heath Service’. They provide trillions of pounds’ worth of services to humankind for free – if we let them.

Up to the end of 2017, we will run a campaign on this ‘Natural Heath Service’.

img_4947During 2017, we will campaign against the threats to the climate posed in the UK by biomass-powered electricity. We will support campaigning on flood prevention in the UK, partly through conservation and restoration of ecosystems such as woodlands, peat moorlands and marshes.

Further reading

(Please see below.)


Further reading


(see also Useful resources)


Campaign Against Climate Change and

Friends of the Earth

Sustainable Energy for All


Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group: ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ (Third Edition)

Centre for Alternative Technology: ‘Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

Christian Aid: ‘Low Carbon Africa: Leapfrogging to a green future

Friends of the Earth: ‘Making a Better Job of It

New Scientist: ’14 ways the UK has backtracked on climate pledges this year’

UK Tar Sands Network: ‘Two Energy Futures

Unison: ‘Warm Homes into the Future

WWF: ‘The Energy Report : 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

KCCC resources

Joint letter to Jason McCartney MP on government climate policies

Vigil 2016 Break-out activity Timeline of government backtracking


Keep them in the Ground

(see also Useful resources)


Art Not Oil

BP or not BP

Campaign Against Climate Change

Coal Action Network

Friends of the Earth

Global Justice Now


Reclaim the Power

Share Action

UK Tar Sands Network


Carbon Tracker: ‘Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted Capital and Stranded Assets

Client Earth and Transport & Environment: ‘CETA and the Environment: A Gold Standard for the Planet or Big Business?

Coal Action Network: ‘Ditch coal – The Global Mining Impacts of the UK’s addiction to Coal’

Corporate Watch: ‘To the Ends of the Earth: A Guide to Unconventional Fossil Fuels

Friends of the Earth Europe (and others): ‘Dirty Deals: How trade talks threaten to undermine EU climate policies and bring tar sands to Europe’

Greenpeace: ‘Point of No Return

New Scientists: ’14 ways the UK has backtracked on climate pledges this year’

RSA: ‘A New Agenda on Climate Change – Facing up to stealth denial and winding down on fossil fuels

UK Tar Sands Network: ‘Two Energy Futures

World Wildlife Fund: ‘Europe’s Dirty Thirty: How the EU’s coal fired power plants are undermining its climate efforts


The Burning Question’ Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark

KCCC resources

TTIP presentation

TTIP multiple choice questionnaire

CETA multiple choice quiz & answers


Natural Health Service

(see also Useful resources)



Friends of the Earth (flooding campaign)

Moors for the Future

Rainforest Foundation

Rainforest Rescue


Woodland Trust


Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and RSPB : ‘Dirtier than coal?’ report on UK Biomass

Green Alliance: ‘Greener Britain – Practical proposals for party manifestos from the environment and conservation sector

South West Water blog: ‘Peat bog restoration holds back water scientists say

Treesponsibility, The Source: ‘Understanding the Hebden Water Catchment

Woodland Trust: ‘Holding Back the Waters

Woodland Trust: ‘Stemming the Flow: the role of trees and woodlands in flood prevention


Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding’ George Monbiot

What has nature ever done for us?’ Tony Juniper

You tube recording of Tony Juniper on the book