Keep Virunga Fossil Fuel Free

The climate crisis is a justice issue. The countries that have emitted the most carbon dioxide since the industrial revolution, such as the USA, China and Russia (UK are 8th) are not the same as the MAPA  (most affected people and areas) that are mainly in the global South and have produced little CO2. SheffieldContinue reading “Keep Virunga Fossil Fuel Free”

When your bath is overflowing, turn the taps off!

It’s just 3 weeks until the vital COP26 conference. Over the next few days, we will be hearing many corporations and countries speaking about their plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions. Are these promises to be trusted, or are they greenwashing, fooling the public into believing they are doing well when in fact they areContinue reading “When your bath is overflowing, turn the taps off!”

Your guide to COP26

Many Sheffielder’s are preparing to go to Glasgow for COP26. Why is it so important and will it achieve anything? Michael Jacobs recently addressed an open meeting of Sheffield Green Party.  He was formerly the special advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, steering through the Climate Change Act. Here is the video of the discussion.Continue reading “Your guide to COP26”

Progress on Sheffield Council’s use of Glyphosate.

The Sheffield Telegraph reported this week that Sheffield’s parks, cemeteries and some housing estates will trial a ban on the poisonous weed killer – but residents will need to help manage overgrown land. Here is the article. https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/sheffields-parks-cemeteries-and-housing-estates-trial-a-ban-on-poisonous-weed-killer-but-residents-will-need-to-help-manage-overgrown-land-3389475

The Church and Climate Chaos

It was wonderful to join with the young people on the Young Christian Climate Movement march to Glasgow as they passed through Sheffield on the way to COP26. We greeted them at St Mary’s Bramall Lane and walked together on the last mile of their journey to Sheffield Cathedral.  They say “Our sisters and brothersContinue reading “The Church and Climate Chaos”

The Impossible Rebellion

I spent three days with Extinction Rebellion in London. In the light of the IPCC report that issued a “code red” warning for humanity, the recent horrific weather events, some of which have been widely reported like the New York flooding, and others which have been largely ignored like the drought in Madagascar, the overwhelmingContinue reading “The Impossible Rebellion”

Sheffield Council to reduce Glyphosate use

There is news today on Sheffield Council’s plans to reduce the use of Glyphosate. This is a good start, but the action falls far short of the demands of the petition that was signed by 6595 people. We await the details of the scheme that will enable residents to keep their pavements Glyphosate free ifContinue reading “Sheffield Council to reduce Glyphosate use”

National Trust, please stop spraying Glyphosate

Guest blog by Nicky Watts Last time we visited a National Trust property, I witnessed the spraying of herbicides on paths in the gardens. I was so shocked and disappointed, I wrote to National Trust central enquiries (enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk) about my concern.  I learn that the National Trust has no central policy to ban the useContinue reading “National Trust, please stop spraying Glyphosate”