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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.
WCA releases response to WCC Sustainable Futures Strategy

WCA releases response to WCC Sustainable Futures Strategy

Monday, January 16, 2023

Today Warwickshire Climate Alliance has released its detailed response to the County Council's Sustainable Futures Strategy.

We believe that the Sustainable Futures Strategy is hamstrung by the lack of resources that the Council is willing to devote to ensuring a sustainable future. One of the most disturbing weaknesses in the Strategy is its failure to aim for net zero by 2050, despite this being a UK Government priority. The Council's strategy, if pursued, would achieve only for a 40% reduction on emissions across the county, and would rely on offsetting for the remaining reduction. We believe this reliance is unrealistic. 

On the positive side, we are heartened that the Council wishes that a community powered approach should be central to the Sustainable Futures Strategy, and is committed to continue to engage and strengthen partnership working with local climate and community groups. Warwickshire is home to great energy and expertise on issues related to the climate emergency. We believe that the Council’s climate emergency plans would benefit from the greater involvement of this local expertise. To achieve this, we propose that the Council should set up specialist forums, made up of local experts, for each of the six themes presented here, to provide input into the further development of the Council’s plans. As an umbrella organisation including several community groups and networks, Warwickshire Climate Alliance and the Low Carbon Warwickshire Network would be well placed to assist in the identification of members of such panels. 

The Warwick District Green Party has also released its response to the Sustainable Futures Strategy, accessible via our Warwickshire County Council page.

David Thurburn-Hu(...)
wrote
Sunday, November 26, 2023
The Strategy and the excellent Response make pretty grim reading. In the light of the latest Autumn Statement and the Government's further disempowerment of local government, County Councils should make alliances with one another and with European cities in getting a courageous and imaginative grip on the urgent, practical path ahead. Offsets, by their nature, are only passing the problem down the line: we cannot buy-off the Climate Crisis. 85% respondents showed their concern about new-build failure: acres of houses built to '50s standards will cost a fortune to retrofit for home owners barely able to pay their mortgages.
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