Our planet is warmer now than at any point in the past 1,000 years, and heating fast. If we don’t cut carbon emissions and halt rising temperatures, by switching from fossil fuels to cleaner, green energy and transport and avoiding deforestation, the impacts – from flooding and storms to drought, crop damage and rising food prices – will be felt by all of us. But it’s the world’s poorest who are hardest hit.
Is there a Campaign for Climate Action in Swale?
We'd like to tell you more about it and hope that you'll be able to get involved - there are lots of ways to engage. Firstly, a National and Global campaign kicks off ahead of UN climate talks and Swale residents will be urged to take part in a nationwide campaign starting in September to highlight the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the crucial UN Climate talks, in Glasgow later this year.
Taking place between 18-26 September, the Great Big Green Week saw thousands of people across the UK organising local festivals and events. The campaign aimed to draw attention to climate change and destruction of the natural world, making a connection with these issues in communities like Swale, which are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. It also showcased positive actions and solutions individuals, councils and the government can take to tackle climate change.
Swale Borough Council held its own Great Big Green Week, and as part of this, Swale Friends of the Earth hosted a range of events and actions under the heading, RISE. The aim was to maximise awareness in the run-up to COP26 about the risks to North Kent and Swale from increasingly damaging weather events, such as high flood levels due to creek surges and sea level rise.
For more in-depth information, please read our rationale briefing:
RISE! TO ACTION - THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND WHAT WE CAN DO
How climate-friendly is Swale?
You can check how Swale is doing in reducing carbon emissions and meeting climate targets – for example, the levels of insulation, renewable energy, car use etc - by entering your postcode here
Some good news!
Renewable energy achieves record growth
In 2019, Swale FoE became a Climate Action Group, part of a growing network across the UK to focus on climate change as a priority and create local solutions to a global crisis.
Our campaigning activities on climate change include:
adding our voice to climate strikes and demonstrations
reviewing and commenting on local council climate policies and pushing for effective Climate Action Plans
lobbying our MP, petitioning the government and Kent County Council and encouraging others to do the same
promoting green energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport infrastructure in local developments
providing top tips on how we can all lead a low carbon lifestyle, such as cycling, saving energy and eating less meat
Sign the climate petition to demand a Climate Action Plan
Join us to work with our councils on local climate action