Our first ever online Climate Justice event took place on 17 September 2020. We were delighted to host this event with 27 registrants from a wide spectrum of climate allies in Dacorum.
They shared their ideas and experiences of trying to influence local government about critical environmental issues. It was great to have so many well informed and expert participants.
We all learned a great deal from our host speaker and climate advocate, Rebecca Woo, who is keyed into all the very latest thinking and action on climate justice in the UK and round the world.
Everyone pledged to take steps to learn more or take action. Here are a dozen things, large and small people committed to:
- Try to find and join a local group relevant to my area of concern, and try to put aside time to engage with it at defined times every month.
- Engage more with councillors.
- Finish Sunnyside Rural Trust’s environmental action plan
- Check and progress Dacorum Environmental Forum Steering Group action to send Climate Change letter to someone at Dacorum Boro Council.
- More networking with like minded people
- Identify potential allies more systematically.
- Put the anniversary of the climate emergency declaration of Dacorum Borough and Herts County Councils in my calendar and check their progress against stated intentions.
- Discuss next steps with Dacorum Environmental Forum in view of presentation
- Encourage councillors to reach out to developers in positive green routes in all housing development.
- How to try to get local authorities to insist on better standards of insulation in newly built houses. Also in existing houses.
- Share ideas from this meeting with Watford Quaker Climate Justice group to help us shape our next actions.
- Try to find out the exact trail of recycled goods from the home to their final destination.
We are pleased that the representatives of so many local organisations felt reinvigorated in their commitment to preserving our precious ecosystem.
To get involved in supporting them, please visit their websites and contact their representatives:
Herts County Council – (represented at the event by William Wyatt-Lowe, Hemel Hempstead)
We are grateful to Rebecca Woo, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator, Quaker Peace and Social Witness for her detailed presentation.
Useful guides for speaking to people in power:
- Hope for the Future’s ‘Virtual Lobbying Guide‘ (this is primarily for MPs but also using for local councillors)
- Build Back Better’s ‘Working with Local Councils and MPs Guide‘
- Green New Deal UK’s ‘A Guide to Influencing Local Councils‘
Community wealth building:
Community municipal bonds or investment:
Other links and groups Rebecca mentioned:
- The amazing 4Cs project
- The work the New Economics Foundation is doing on the modelling for a minimum income guarantee
- The work student-led group Rethinking Economics is doing to build a better understanding of economics in the classroom
- The 3.5% rule (Erica Chenoweth – Harvard)
- The Build Back Better campaign, which provides an invaluable opportunity to ensure your climate action reflects recent events like the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting point for this is their website (in the slides) but you’re also welcome to look at the Build Back Better Briefing for Quakers.
- The role of young people and indigenous peoples in creating more caring and sustainable society: Meera Ghani’s words in Oxfam’s ‘Climate Justice: Feminist Journeys’ Zine
If you have any questions about the slides or content please contact us using our contact page.