Flying is damaging our climate

A letter to the Sheffield Star I can’t let B Heaton get away with the comment “modern planes are being made ever more green”. Flying remains the most damaging form of transport to our climate. If you want to reduce your personal impact the first two things to do are to fly less and eatContinue reading “Flying is damaging our climate”

A tour of London Docklands

In a week where temperature records were smashed, I spent some time visiting family in London.  On Friday I  toured  London Docklands with my brother. The first point of note was the travel cost. An all-day off-peak travel card cost me £9.50, not much more than two return trips by bus from my home toContinue reading “A tour of London Docklands”

Paul Brown needs to get his facts right on climate change.

A letter to the Sheffield Star Firstly he seems to believe we have stopped burning coal. There are still three coal power stations in the UK. Globally we are consuming more coal than ever, despite the urgent need to reduce it. Coal is the single largest source of carbon emissions and consumption increased by 9%Continue reading “Paul Brown needs to get his facts right on climate change.”

What are the Green credentials of the Tory leader candidates? 

All the candidates have backed the Conservative Government over the last twelve years so all are responsible for the horrendous record on Green issues which have encouraged more oil, gas and coal exploitation and failed to properly insulate our housing or implement a Green New Deal to transform our economy. All the candidates promote economicContinue reading “What are the Green credentials of the Tory leader candidates? “

Could this be the solution to the world food crisis?

Last week the Government announced its new food strategy but was immediately criticised by its advisor, Henry Dimbleby, for omitting most of his suggestions. “It’s not a strategy,” said the founder of the Leon food chain.  “It doesn’t set out a clear vision as to why we have the problems we have now and itContinue reading “Could this be the solution to the world food crisis?”

The Felling Premiere was a huge success

The premiere of The Felling at a packed City Hall was a huge success. The film captures the amazing spirit of the tree campaigners who had no choice but to take radical action. They put their bodies on the line risking huge fines and even imprisonment to prevent the needless destruction of our street trees.Continue reading “The Felling Premiere was a huge success”

The Knife Angel should come to Sheffield

The consultation on whether or not the Knife Angel sculpture comes to Sheffield is a good opportunity to have conversations about carrying knives. As a young teacher, I had to remove a knife from a teenager at a school disco. Fortunately, the incident ended without injury, but it could have been so different. Knife Angel isContinue reading “The Knife Angel should come to Sheffield”

International Women’s Day – a Congolese climate activist speaks

A guest blog by Hazel Bober Extinction Rebellion Sheffield is partnered with Extinction Rebellion Université de Goma near the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to enable the two organisations to support and learn from each other. As International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, Hazel Bober spoke to activistContinue reading “International Women’s Day – a Congolese climate activist speaks”

LIAR, LIAR, THE EARTH IS ON FIRE

A guest blog by Karine Nohr I was looking recently at paying my Council Tax and to my shock and horror, I found that the Sheffield City Council still banks with Barclays Bank! Why does this matter, you may ask? Barclays claim that they can make a real contribution to tackling climate change. But theyContinue reading “LIAR, LIAR, THE EARTH IS ON FIRE”

Sheffield City Council moves to reduce Glyphosate use

After campaigning on this for several years I am delighted that Green councillor Alison Teal made the most of her position on the cooperative executive to initiate the process to ban the use of the dangerous herbicide Glyphosate. Coincidentally, Brincliffe, the trial area, is in Nether Edge and Sharrow ward where I am hoping toContinue reading “Sheffield City Council moves to reduce Glyphosate use”