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Warwickshire Climate Alliance

Warwickshire Climate Alliance is an umbrella organisation of Warwickshire environmental groups, devoted to pushing for stronger action within the county on the climate emergency.

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Our Aims

We aim to lobby and collaborate with county-wide agencies to develop a serious plan for transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, and we seek collaborations with other organisations to develop ideas for reaching that goal.

Public Awareness

We work to raise public awareness of the challenges of climate change, and to enhance the local connections that allow campaigners to share knowledge and collaborate in developing local campaigns.

Our Partners

We know that there are lots of groups already active in the area; we want to provide a way for everyone to see what everyone else is doing, and to provide a first port of call for someone who would like to become active but doesn’t know who to contact. The Environmental Groups Page contains a list of local groups and provides links to their websites.

Current Actions and Issues

Pension Fund Divestment
Campaign to persuade Warwickshire County Council to divest its pension fund from fossil fuel companies
Response to WCC Sustainable Futures'
WCA responded to Warwickshire County Council's 'Sustainable Futures Strategy'

Big Save Roadshows
Residents of Coleshill will be the second of six North Warwickshire towns to experience ‘The Big Save’ roadshow.
Cemex
Rugby Cement - planning application to store recycled materials to add to cement and reduce “embedded carbon”
Beechwood Farm Battery Energy
The project is at an early stage and they would like views on the development proposals.

Sewage Pollution on the River Avon
pdf of slideshow presentation given to WCA by Geoff Sallis

WCA Climate Quiz
Try your hand at our climate quiz and if you enjoy it, why not join us for the Christmas quiz on zoom? Details later in December.
 Legal Victory in US Climate Court Case

Legal Victory in US Climate Court Case

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Young Montana activists win challenge to state's fossil fuel promoting laws.

The judge who heard the US’s first constitutional climate trial earlier this year has ruled in favour of a group of young plaintiffs who had accused state officials in Montana of violating their right to a healthy environment. A provision in Montana's state constitution guarantees this right. The plaintiffs in the case argued that this meant that a state law, which forbid officials from considering climate impacts when deciding whether to approve projects for oil and coal extraction, was unconstitutional. After months of argument, the judge agreed!

Montana has some of the biggest coal reserves in the United States, and, unfortunately, the Republican state administration was quick to deny that the court ruling will affect their decisions whether to award fossil fuel extraction permits. However, they immediately lodged an appeal, so perhaps they forsee difficulties.

The state's lawyers argued that Montana's contribution to climate change was small enough to be ignored, and therefore that its own fossil fuel extraction did not violate the right to a healthy environment. The same argument could be applied to all individual fossil fuel projects, and renders the problem of collective action completely insoluble. Collective action on this issue is humanity's only hope. If we follow the Montana state lawyers' argument then it will still be ''in the UK's interest" to issue fossil fuel permits even after London is permanently submerged by rising sea waters.

The idiocy of this argument, that the impact of one's own contribution to global carbon emissions is negligible and can be ignored, highlights the failure of a purely individual utilitarian morality to deal adequately with collective problems. It is not enough to say "my action will lead to a negligible amount of harm and therefore I can do it", because this applies to all of us and if we all use it we are doomed. We have to reason collectively.

If it seems grotesque and absurd that consideration of climate impacts should be explicitly prohibited by state law in Montana  (and in Florida, and other states), it is because the fossil fuel monster robot which is devouring our future is utterly shameless. Whether human laws will prevail against it remains to be seen.  

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