The Council declaring a Nature Emergency should be on the front page!

A letter to the Sheffield Star Dear Editor Sometimes I am perplexed by your choice of front-page story. Today you lead on another revamp of Fargate, but on reading the article there are few details of the plan apart from the Council takeover of one shop. On page 16 in a single column, you hideContinue reading “The Council declaring a Nature Emergency should be on the front page!”

Can we fit 200,000 heat pumps in Sheffield homes by 2030?

In my last column I wrote about the report Pathways to Zero Carbon Sheffield, commissioned by Sheffield Council from Arup. The final part of the report is due soon. I have been gauging opinions about it. Does it go far enough? Will it be possible to meet its targets?  One of the most significant changesContinue reading “Can we fit 200,000 heat pumps in Sheffield homes by 2030?”

One year of climate emergency, but Sheffield Council still haven’t sounded the alarm!

In February 2019, one year ago, I presented the Sheffield Council meeting with a petition, pleading with them to declare a climate emergency. This they did, and later agreed to become carbon neutral by 2030. But what has happened to the urgency of this initial declaration? Other cities are making progress.  Sheffield, however, has failedContinue reading “One year of climate emergency, but Sheffield Council still haven’t sounded the alarm!”

Our politicians are failing us but the people are rising up!

It is now more than 7 months since Sheffield City Council declared a Climate Emergency. Some progress has been made. The Tyndall Report was commissioned and has shown that the Council need to reduce its emissions by 14% every year to reach the target of zero by 2030. They are working on a Citizens AssemblyContinue reading “Our politicians are failing us but the people are rising up!”