Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change Dr Alan Whitehead MP gave a talk at The Arkell Centre, Nailsworth on Thursday 29th November, outlining the  Labour Party’s new policy on climate change, as published in 'The Green Transformation: Labour’s Environment Policy'.  

He was introduced by local MP, David Drew MP (Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and by Sally Thorpe, Chair of Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAT).  NCAT sponsored and organised the meeting as part of an initiative to promote better political engagement on climate change.

The talk was well received with a great deal of interest in how Labour would aim to turn the policy into practical action. During a questions and answer session after the talk the audience expressed great concern by the apparent lack of urgency in Westminster, and are clearly desperate to see ‘climate change’ rising to the top of the political agenda - for the Labour Party, and across all parties, at the national and local level.

Sally Thorpe (NCAT Chair), Alan Whitehead MP, David Drew MP, Richard Erskine (NCAT Secretary)

Dr Whitehead spoke about Labour’s policies, which aim to offer progressive approaches across all sectors, including electricity generation, housing and heating, transport, agriculture, and afforestation. The goals aim to meet decarbonisation commitments, protect the environment and address issues such as energy poverty.

A major scaling up of the existing renewable energy capacity is included in Labour’s policy, including onshore as well as offshore wind, solar and other contributors. This will be a significant challenge in terms of scaling up supply chains, but something that is urgently required to fully decarbonise the UK’s electricity supply.

In addition to what Government can do centrally, Labour are placing an emphasis on what can be achieved locally, recognising the community benefits that can come from the transition to zero carbon, including employment and social equity.

Whereas the Government’s own figures accept that on current plans the 5th carbon budget (for 2028-2032) will be missed by 9%, Dr Whitehead said that Labour’s plans will aim to over-achieve on that budget. 

The current targets set under the Climate Change Act (2008) aim to reach 20% of 1990 levels of emissions by 2050, in order for the UK to play its contribution to keeping the rise of global mean surface temperature to within 2 degrees Centigrade (2C). Now that the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has revealed crucial benefits of keeping below 1.5C (as opposed to 2C), requiring zero emissions by 2050, that means the ambition needs to be raised.

Dr Whitehead said that much more work is needed to develop policies on food, and David Drew noted that the UK has never really had a food strategy outside of wartime. Food strategy should address the need for the UK to be less reliant on imports, to improve the health of the nation, and of course, to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, while being fair to all. This is an area we should expect much more detail on in future policy developments.

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The unique Nailsworth Bag - £5, STILL available at three outlets, while stocks last: Brutons, Shiny Goodness and Gyles Allen.

This little shopping bag is very special. By buying it you are not  using plastic and are supporting actions in Nailsworth to tackle climate change.  The logo was designed by Violet Stokes a Nailsworth Primary School pupil and she was chosen by Nailsworth residents in a schools’ competition.  The money raised by this little Bag will help fund NCAT’s educational and renewable energy projects. 

So please give the Planet a bit of help today and buy this little Bag, for just £5.

For more information contact: 
Sally Thorpe, NCAT Chair, 07776174855
Richard Erskine, NCAT Secretary, 0779934382

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The Great Nailsworth Carbon Challenge was a truly a great event held today, 23rd June.Very pleased that our MP, David Drew, came by, showing great interest. 

            Sally Thorpe (NCAT Chair), David Drew MP. Hannah McDonnell (NCAT Communications), Richard Erskine (NCAT Secretary)

The Great Nailsworth Carbon Challenge workshop was a truly a great event held on 23rd June 2018. Here are a some photos of the day. Very pleased that our MP, David Drew, came by, showing great interest. 

 In addition to the great contributions of the NCAT team (you know who you are!), the committee were very grateful to those who came to support NCAT with their time & talents including Caroline Saturley (Canteen vegan & vegetarian food), Tim Martel (Energy / Heating Consultant), Claudi Williams (Living Plastic Free), Justine Mallinson (Warm & Well/ SWEA), Graham Stemp (Brutons), Alison Vickery (Environmental Art Exhibition), Steve Robinson (on behalf of Youth Club), Yvonne Gilbert (running the raffle), Alex Parker & Ursy Reynolds (Oceans & Plastics), Nailsworth Primary School and Acron School for Logo Competition entries (Andrea, thanks for helping with the art activities). Stalls/activities run by NCAT members included, Kat Parker running the children's art activities; Sue Reed's 'Bee Friendly Gardens' stall; Hannah McDonnell helping with catering; Daphne Tomlinson's 'Pledge Tree' and Marilyn Erskine on the Reception Desk. And to all other friends & family who all mucked in to setup and run the event. Thanks to all.

 More photos on our Facebook page Nailsworth Climate Action Town

[David Drew MP second from right, with members of NCAT Committee: Hannah McDonnell, Richard Erskine and Sally Thorpe]

David Drew MP attended a meeting hosted by Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAT) group to discuss how the town can reduce its carbon footprint. Topics discussed included: community energy schemes; farming practices; public transport and buildings.

There was an excellent turnout and a lot of questions were raised and discussed during the meeting.

Richard Lupo, a sustainability consultant, has calculated that Nailsworth will need to reduce its carbon footprint from its 1990 level of 34,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, to 14,000 by 2050, if it is to meet the Government’s targets.

David Drew believes we need better planning to address issues such as electricity generation, transport, housing and land-use, but also to recognise the opportunity for employment that comes with a transition to a low carbon future.

Attendees felt that we can all play a role by looking at our consumption. NCAT is keen to work with any community groups, and other associations, willing to explore practical steps. David Drew’s wise words that concluded the meeting was to start with a few simple steps, demonstrate success, then build on that success.

David Drew shared some responses he had prepared, with the help of House of Commons officials, which were in response to questions raised ahead of the meeting by NCAT. 

These documents are Available Here with the kind permission of David Drew. 

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