Speak up for the climate: DAWN CC event – 8 Feb 2020

10.30am-5pm @ Herne Hill Baptist Church

Mark Hughes, one of the founders and drivers of SE24, is also chair of the Dulwich Climate Coalition and SE24 is proud to have been a supporter of that initiative. In this post Mark looks forward to their next ‘Speak up for the climate’ public event on 8 February 2020. …

Following the Climate Change mass Lobby of Parliament on 17th June 2015, where Dulwich and West Norwood (DaWN) constituents met Helen Hayes, our DaWN MP, Helen established a co-ordinating team to organise the DaWN Climate  Coalition. The objective of is to promote action on climate change in our area and engage more broadly at a political level. 

This was especially important then in the context of UK Government making decisions on renewable energy and the climate change agenda ahead of the COP 21 Paris Summit in December 2015.

COP 21 galvanised support for measures to limit planet warming  to 1.5 degrees (less than the 2 degrees previously adopted). 

However, since then, international progress has been much less than is needed to address the climate change challenge and the latest COP 25 conference in Madrid was a failure. We have now got a lot closer to 1.5 degrees warming and turning matters around to stay within 1.5 degrees warming has become more difficult.

The next COP 26 conference is in Glasgow this coming November 2020. The UK will be in the chair. It is thus another propitious time for DaWN CC to put on a conference.

Since our first “Speak Up for the Climate” event in November 2015 and our subsequent events in  2016, 2017 and 2018 there is increasing evidence of the damage that climate change is doing to our planet.  There has also been a striking change in the attention that climate change has been receiving:

  • in the UK Parliament – notably adopting the Net Zero (carbon) Target by 2050,
  • in the media and in society generally in part due to the higher profile that children are giving to the cause, including the stark position adopted by Greta Tunberg and the actions of Extinction Rebellion.

Parliament and many Local Authorities have said that they recognise there is a Climate Emergency and have set targets for 2030 and 2050. But, as we know, it is easy to point to a fine future if it is a long way off. We need action now and we need to exert constant pressure for those policies, regulations and investments that will make a difference. 

One difference this year (compared with previous years) is that we want to ensure that children and schools have a platform for their voice in the Climate Change debate at this next DaWN CC conference. As our flyer says its all about a world (fit) for our children. 

Please join us!

For more information and to sign up go to Eventbrite and search for ‘Speak Up for the Climate’ or follow this link

10.30am-5.00pm SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2020

at
HERNE HILL BAPTIST CHURCH, HALF MOON LANE, SE24 9HU

Programme highlights

3 MAIN THEMES:
11.00-12.15 • Hear from political activists Claire McDonald from Extinction Rebellion (XR) with Tamasin Cave of Spinwatch
1.00-2.30 • Get inspired by local schools and young people leading the way on facing Climate Change
3.00-4.00 • Hear Jeremy & Anna’s story: Becoming a carbon neutral family followed by other solutions break-out talks

INCLUDING TALKS ON:

New government energy policy. Why money matters. Ideas for converting your school into an eco-school. Schools acting on plastic and air pollution. Building or converting homes into low-energy homes. The incredible effect of food choices. Re-purposing clothing and repairing goods. Wondrous nature and the effect of planting on biodiversity

4.00-5.00 QUESTION TIME PANEL DISCUSSION:
Helen Hayes MP and DaWNCC patron, Tamasin Cave (Spinwatch), Paul Chambers (Government Department of BEIS), Jean Blaylock (Global Justice Now), Friends of the Earth, a Southwark councillor + a Conservative MP are expected.

CREATIVE AND FUN WORKSHOPS & SHORT FILMS:
Eco Action Games, Red Line Action, Reel News and others

Bring lunch to share or visit our Food For All street stall, join Bess and Rosie for tea and emotional support and visit our market stalls.

Please note: all talks have been prepared with the idea that young people may be in the audience however with respect to the essence of the climate crisis, some information may be distressing in nature.

Doors open 10.30 am and introductions from 10.50 am