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Warwickshire Climate Alliance
Warwickshire Climate Alliance exists to provide a meeting place and hub for local individuals and organisations that are concerned and active, in one way or another, about climate change. We hope that it will make navigation among these organisations easier. This page lists local and national groups that are active on climate change and related issues, like cycling, a cleaner environment, and air quality.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your group to appear on this list or would like to modify what we say about your group. A recent meeting of Warwickshire Climate Alliance decided that political parties should not be included here, so we have removed the listing for the Green Party. Sorry, Greens! However, we plan shortly to invite all parties participating in Warwickshire elections to submit their plans for dealing with the climate emergency, to be posted on a separate page, so watch this space.
Kenilworth All Together Greener (KATG) holds monthly speaker meetings, film shows and discussions on all manner of green topics – for details of activities see its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kenilworth-All-Together-Greener-331940026990994/ or contact KATG@gmx.co.uk.
The Constructive Comment Group is a KATG offshoot which has expertise in planning, traffic and sustainable building and comments on major planning applications and consultations. Contact it via KATG@gmx.co.uk
In normal times, Heart of England Organic Group meetings held in Kenilworth. These are now on line at https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/heart-england-organic-group
There is a Repair Cafe Kenilworth all organised and ready to go but which has been stopped in its tracks by COVID. Watch out for https://www.repaircafe-kenilworth.org/
A new Biodiversity Group is looking to increase the variety of wild-flowers and animals in the town by improving the management of green spaces, verges and private gardens. Contact it via: email@example.com.
Kenilworth Station Garden. A volunteer group led by Juie Shetye at firstname.lastname@example.org meets every Saturday morning 10 am to 12 noon, to work on the station garden. Once volunteers are registered with the group they can come at any time, though during the COVID-19 pandemic West Midlands Trains need to be informed about visits. Keep an eye on social media, email and newspapers for latest updates.
The Grown in Kenilworth Facebook page provides details of KATG’s harvest share scheme which rescues unwanted fruit and directs it to local charities who can use it. https://www.facebook.com/growninkenilworth/
A fledgling Incredible Edible Kenilworth group is developing activities around food growing and healthy eating.
Leamington Spa and Warwick
Action 21 http://www.action21.co.uk is a local volunteer-based charity that aims to reduce the environmental impact of the Leamington and Warwick communities and raise awareness of the benefits of sustainable living. Its Re-Useful Centre, in Court Street, Leamington Spa CV31 2BB, saves over 100 tonnes of donated items from landfill each year by selling second hand bikes, bric-a-brac & kitchenware, gardening tools & equipment, clothes, shoes & accessories, books, CDs & DVDs, small electrical items and small items of furniture. Please donate your old bike so it can be refurbished and re-sold — Action 21 has a team of dedicated bike refurbishers.
Clean Air for Leamington, https://www.facebook.com/CleanAirforLeamingtonSpa/, is a cross-party group of councillors and residents, working to improve air quality in our town. Levels of air pollution in Leamington consistently breach the World Health Organisation’s recommended safety limits, impacting residents’ health and quality of life. We are currently working to set out an ambitious vision, to transform the way we move around our town and make Leamington’s streets healthier.
Clean Air Warwick, https://www.facebook.com/cleanairwarwick/
The Climate Coalition is a national group campaigning for a green recovery — see its entry below in the list of UK groups. Its local representative for Warwick and Leamington is Brian Austin, email@example.com.
Cycleways, https://cycleways.org.uk, is a volunteer group founded in 1995 which campaigns for better cycle routes in Kenilworth, Leamington and Warwick. Since 2000 it has campaigned for a K2L cycle route linking Leamington and Kenilworth. It looks like this will finally come about in the near future.
Extinction Rebellion Warwick District, https://xrwd.earth, is an active local branch of the national Extinction Rebellion. Its working groups on Politics and Actions meet weekly.
ARC-CIC, http://www.arccic.co.uk/ With community-based participation at its heart, the mission of ARC (Achieving Results in Communities) CIC (Community Interest Company) is to transform underutilised or undeveloped assets in Warwick District to create quality open spaces that contribute to people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. Our flagship project is the the Foundry Wood Community Woodland in Leamington spa. We are currently working on a number of Outdoor Wellbeing activities across the District and are planning to start the creation of a ‘Children’s Forest’ as part of a land regeneration project later in 2021.
Leamington Spa Repair Café, https://www.facebook.com/RepairCafeLSpa/, meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Sydni Centre in Sydenham, CV31 1PT, 11am to 2pm. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to check if Covid restrictions are preventing meetings.
Friends of the Earth has a Warwick and Leamington branch, https://friendsoftheearth.uk/groups/leamington
Rugby Friends of the Earth can contacted via their website, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Stratford upon Avon
Extinction Rebellion Stratford upon Avon meets (on Zoom) every Thursday evening. They are currently campaigning for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (CEE Bill). Contact them by e-mail at XRStratforduponavon@protonmail.com or via Facebook
Stratford Climate Action https://www.stratfordclimate.org/about-us/ is a voluntary organisation of local people in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. Our aim is to advance awareness and action concerning the climate emergency as much as possible, in as many ways as possible. We look to bridge community organisation and activism, by organising community events, climate strikes, and by pressing councils, our MP, and other local organisations to take action on the climate emergency. During 2019 we successfully campaigned to get local councils to declare climate emergencies, and for the RSC to drop BP as sponsor. We work on proposals for local alternatives, including on transport and tree-planting, and before the lockdown have put on an eco café and community action day in the town centre.
Stratford Friends of the Earth There has been an active Friends of the Earth group in the Stratford-on-Avon district since 1979. The purpose of the group is to campaign on environmental issues and to educate, both ourselves and the local community. We manage a small bee-friendly plot in the centre of town and sponsor prizes for bee-friendly gardens as part of Stratford in Bloom. We have an online “Environmental Book Group” to discuss publications relating to the climate and biodiversity emergencies. We also work collaboratively with other groups, especially on the effects of climate change and the threat these pose to an environmentally sustainable future. During the pandemic, our meetings are on Zoom and you can find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Energy Warwickshire http://www.cew.coop is a new approach to local energy — a community benefit society whose aim is to invest in renewable energy projects and to help local people to reduce their use of energy and save money. Their projects include solar panels on the roofs of hospitals in Stratford upon Avon, Warwick and Leamington Spa.
Low Carbon Warwickshire Network https://www.harburyenergy.co.uk/warwickshire-low-carbon-network is making inspirational changes across a village to encourage residents elsewhere.
Napton Environmental Action Team, http://www.jimsleight.com/napton/neat is a group which aims to tackle environmentally related issues within the Parish of Napton. NEAT’s objectives will be to actively promote the changes needed for a truly sustainable future that protects the interests of future generations.
Coventry is no longer in Warwickshire (it was until 1972, when it became part of the West Midlands), but is still a major city in the heart of the county. Coventry’s Climate Action Network, Coventry CAN, brings together students, citizens, politicians, activists and anyone concerned about climate change to discuss how to encourage others to make changes that will help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.The site is created and managed by United Nations Association Coventry Branch.
Clean Up Britain, https://cleanupbritain.org, exists to combat the despoliation of our environment by rubbish, litter and waste.
The Climate Coalition is a group of over 100 diverse businesses and organisations which represent over 22 million people. Its local representative in Warwick District is Brian Austin, email@example.com His role as a Community Champion is to get as many organisations and individuals to sign their Declaration, which asks the Government to unleash investment, protect the environment and support the vulnerable, since, although an incredible 85% of people in the UK support renewable energy, on average people think it has only 9% of public support. The Climate Coalition wants to see communities be a part of this initiative and show the Government there is support for a green recovery. It also has a 10 point plan for a green recovery.
Extinction Rebellion, https://extinctionrebellion.uk, campaigns nationally and internationally. Through its acts of civil disobedience it has influenced governments around the world and led to a number of national declarations of climate emergency. Not everyone approves of its sometimes disruptive actions, but they have attracted a lot of much-needed attention to the climate crisis.
Friends of the Earth, https://friendsoftheearth.uk, is one of the principal national and international organisations campaigning on a range of environmental issues, including climate change.
Greenpeace, https://www.greenpeace.org.uk, campaigns nationally and internationally, and has local groups in Northampton, Birmingham and Worcester, but none in Warwickshire. Start one yourself!
Oxford’s Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise that’s out to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that’s good for people and the planet. The days of fossil fuels are numbered. The shift to renewable generation is gaining pace and gives us the opportunity to reshape the way we manage our energy.
Sustrans, https://www.sustrans.org.uk, exists to promote sustainable transport — walking and cycling. It has established a network of cycle routes across the UK. In Warwickshire these include National Route 52, which runs north from Warwick through Coventry, Nuneaton and Coalville to link with National Route 6 just west of Loughborough, the Lias Line joining Leamington Spa to Rugby, via the Offchurch Greenway and Draycote Water, National Route 5 from Redditch to Stratford on Avon, and the Stratford Greenway, from Stratford on Avon to Long Marston.
350.org is one of the most important groups campaigning in the USA and internationally. Take a look at their impressive website. The “350” in the name is the level of CO2, in parts per million (ppm), that we should aim to return to, to avoid dangerous disruption to our climate. Before the industrial revolution began the massive burning of fossil fuels, the level was about 280 ppm, and it is now around 410.
Fridays for Future is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg and other young activists sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter. It soon went viral and has grown into an international youth movement, coordinating School Strikes for the Climate. See Greta Thunberg’s TEDx talk here.