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An investigation by Newsnight in conjunction with Greenpeace has found that the government agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF), has helped to finance oil and gas projects that, when completed, will emit 69 million tonnes of carbon a year. according to government estimates.
That equates to nearly a sixth of the UK’s domestic estimated carbon emissions.
This is despite a government commitment to cut down on carbon emissions. Boris Johnson has announced that the UK would no longer finance coal mining or coal-fired power plants abroad.
Newsnight’s investigation found all of UKEF’s current fossil fuel financing was for oil and gas projects, and not coal. It also found that – since 2010 – UKEF has financed £6bn of fossil fuel projects. Financing has been provided to some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world.
On Monday 13th January XR Chippenham organised and hosted the popular Extinction Rebellion talk, “Heading for extinction and what to do about it”, presented by Rosie Jones at the Old Road Tavern.
In the first half of the talk the topics discussed included the science of climate change and ecological breakdown as well as the current and future consequences for life on Earth. After a break for reflection and discussion the talk continued. The second part looked at research into movements for social change and how non-violent direct action had been the most successful strategy historically.
The talk was very well-attended and generated much interest around the idea of upgrading democracy with citizens assemblies and questions about the experience of being arrested.
We hope to host this talk and other talks in the not-too-distant future, so if you missed this one, keep an eye on our events calendar.
Ahead of the talk we’re hosting at the Old Road Tavern (see below), members of XR Chippenham braved the wind to chat with the public whom we found friendly and interested. None of us were blown away, but we did nearly lose our gazebo in a gust of wind.
Following the success of our outreach and awareness raising events in October and November where we met lots of people on the bridge in the centre of Chippenham, we’re planning to do another on 11th January .
In this public talk, members of Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science, discuss the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.
Everyone is welcome, although due to space constraints, please ensure you reserve your place via Eventbrite.
Entry is free, but donations towards speaker travel expenses will be gratefully received.
The venue is The Barn at the Old Road Tavern. This can be accessed from either the Old Road or New Road side of the pub.
The aim is to mobilise all Wiltshire XR members, as well as other local groups who are aware of the Climate & Ecological emergency, to join XR in an action at Trowbridge County Hall around 8:30am on Tuesday 25-Feb-2020. This is to mark the one-year anniversary of WCC declaring a climate emergency but to date, taking virtually NO ACTION at all; WCC are continuing with Business as Usual.
During the last Cabinet meeting, WCC confirm their strategy to oversee a spend of £200m on new roads and to facilitate planning for 40,000 new houses, to be built over Wiltshire woodland and countryside. And yet they plan to spend £0 … i.e. not a single penny … on insulating or upgrading existing housing stock. There is no regard for County CO2 emissions, or ecological destruction in this strategy.
The rough outline is to assemble from 8:30am at Trowbridge train station, walk with banners, bands and colour to Trowbridge county Hall prior to the 10:30am Full Council meeting, then make our presence known outside county hall, inside the public atrium and in the council chamber. It is crucial to get the numbers to show that the people of Wiltshire understand the magnitude of the Climate & Ecological emergency, even when WCC don’t, and demand Action from our local government function.
So, three things to do please:
1. Save the date in your diary and plan how you will get to Trowbridge for around 8:30am on Tuesday 25-Feb-2020.
2. Call on all of the members of all the non-XR local groups which you are a member of to go too – it’s important and powerful to stand out and ‘be counted’
3. Consider how to best use your talents to personally demand that WCC councillors stop talking and take Action
What Greta Thunberg said in her powerful words at COP25of national Government (“without pressure from the people, our leaders can get away with basically not doing anything”) is also true, right now, within our County and Town governments, and time is running out.
There is an organisers meeting on 25-Jan-2019. If you would like to feed into the planning, please contact email@example.com.
The Art Group will return to the barn at The Old Road Tavern in the new year to create new projects.
And finally…. we wish you a happy and restful festive season.
Following the success of our similar outing in October, members of XR Chippenham have been out meeting the public again today. We were accompanied by a small swarm of homemade bees, banners and flags, some describing XR’s principles and values.
Offering flapjack, cake and insights into the climate crisis, we engaged with passers-by to understand their views of the climate crisis and suggest ways they might get involved.
A team of volunteers of all ages rotated throughout the day, found out what the people of Chippenham think about the climate and ecological crisis and let them know about out free talk in January.