Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015

Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Introduction and opening speeches

 Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Questions and discussion part 1

 Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Questions and discussion part 2

Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Questions and discussion part 3

Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 closing speeches

One Million Climate Jobs pamphlet, conference (20/9) and People’s Climate March London (21/9)

The new expanded, updated and revised edition of the One Million Climate Jobs pamphlet will be launched at the International Climate Jobs conference on Saturday 20th September in London.

The International Fight for Climate Jobs – For a Future that doesn’t Cost the Earth

The conference is timed to coincide with the People’s Climate March taking place that weekend in New York with support from American trade unions and involving British trade unionists. This is prior to the UN climate talks in NY from 23 September. The conference will involve international speakers and contributions via skype from the march organisers and British and American trade unionists on the march. We also aim to encourage climate jobs groups in other countries to hold their own meetings and conferences at this time which we can link up with.


12.00 – 1.00  Registration

1.00 – 2.30 Opening plenary: “The International Fight for Climate Jobs”

2.30 – 2.45 Break

2.45 – 4.15 Workshops:

Two lead speakers per workshop with additional invited contributors in the audience.

a) “Unpacking Climate Jobs”

b) “Building a Better Future by Campaigning for Climate Jobs”

c) “Students, Environment, and Climate jobs”

4.15 – 4.45 Networking

4.45 – 5.30 Closing Plenary: “Time to Act on Climate Change” – speakers from the “Time to Act” campaign and the protest campaign for the Paris COP talks. Followed by Q & A.

People’s Climate March London

The World Leaders’ Climate Summit in New York this September will be a key moment in the fight against climate change. The march organised in New York aims to be the biggest climate demonstration the US has ever seen, and over 900 solidarity events are planned globally on the same weekend.

The Campaign against Climate Change is helping to organise the People’s Climate March in London along with many other organisations including Avaaz,, UKYCC, People & Planet, Operation Noah, Wake Up London, Oxfam, Art Not Oil, BP or not BP, CAFOD, UCL Students’ Union, Greenpeace UK, Rising Tide…

Join the March! 12:30 pm Temple Place (Embankment) – Sunday Sept 21st

Help make it huge

Let your your friends know about it – on email, Twitter and Facebook

Get flyering! Flyers and posters are available from Fatima:

Would you like to be a steward? Get in touch with Fatima – no experience necessary.

Come to one of the regular Tuesday planning meetings

What’s happening on the day?

12.15pm – Multi-faith gathering in Victoria Embankment Gardens

1pm – March sets off

1.45-2.45pm – Rally in Parliament Square

If you can’t join us in London, but want to get out and show your support, why not join one of the many other event being organised across the country.

Below are only a selection but you can check out this page for any other event near you, or to publicise your own.

The Gloucestershire Climate March

Start- 12pm, The Subscription Rooms, Stroud, GL5 1AE

They will be walking from The Subscription Rooms and ends in a rally and picnic in Rodborough: 1.5 km steep walk uphill! They will be calling on local government to commit to 100% clean energy and sharing the science around climate change

Bring a drum/ bell, bring a kite – to feel the power of the wind, and bring a picnic.



People’s Climate March Manchester

Start – 11am Piccadilly Gardens,

Frack Free Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils and others have organisied a march through the centre of Manchester, focusing on the Labour Party Conference.

See here for more details

People’s Climate March and Gathering, Edinburgh

Starts- 1:30 with a picnic in the gardens next to The Mound, weather permitting.

The march itself starts at 2.30 regardless of weather, there will be some singing you are invited to join in with and will end at 4.30.

See here for details and updates


Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 11:00 to 17:00

Re-organisation of Brent Campaign Against Climate Change ~(July 2014)

Until further notice Brent Campaign Against Climate Change will meet via emails, phone etc. rather than calling face-to face meetings. It will continue to maintain a website and mailing list and its members and officers may meet together, from time to time, to make representations to Brent Council and/or other relevant bodies in line with the policies of the Campaign Against Climate Change and it may support and/or participate in the activities of other bodies in line with the policies of the Campaign Against Climate Change.

This change has come about because not many people outside of a small group of BCCC members and officers are attending meetings or even responding to emails. The members of this ‘core group’ all have many other calls on their time and feel the activities of BCCC can best be continued on the basis outlined above. If other BCCC members would like to take over the running of the group more actively they are most welcome to contact BCCC officers about this.

NB the BCCC Aims and Constitution seem to show no reason why BCCC cannot reorganise itself as outlined above, however, we do seem to be required to hold an AGM, probably the best time to do so would be after the general election in May 2015.

Full minutes of the meeting of 29/6/2014 and notes from the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group meeting 26/7/2014 are on the Steering Group meetings page.

Transition Town Events summer 2014

Invitation to a Meeting with Friends of the Earth Director – Wednesday 18th June – 7.30pm -at Salusbury School

Andy Atkins mtg poster May 19 (2)-1 (1)

Invitation to a Meeting with Friends of the Earth Director – Wednesday 18th June – 7.30pm -at Salusbury School

On Wednesday evening, 18th June, Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, is coming to Brent to give a talk on –

“2064: Our Planet in 50 Years’ Time – Ravaged Disaster or Eco Dream World? It’s Time to Decide.”

He will talk about the risks that lie ahead, and what we need to do to get the future we all want. There will be time for discussion and the opportunity to meet Andy and the members of Brent Friends of the Earth.

We will provide information about our activities, and will be launching a campaign to get solar panels on schools in Brent, as part of Friends of the Earth’s new campaign Schools Run on Sun.

The event is taking place at Salusbury Primary School, Salusbury Road, NW6 6RG – not far from Queen’s Park Station. Light refreshments will be available, and all are welcome. It will start at 7.30 pm. It is a free event.

A flyer is also available on our website

For more information about the event, about Brent Friends of the Earth, or how you can get involved in our campaigns see, or contact us on 020 8621 0157 or 07985 375798

We look forward to seeing you there: if you are planning to come with a group it would be useful if you could let us know so that we have some idea of how many to expect.

With Good Wishes,

Pam Laurance and Ian Saville
Joint coordinators, Brent Friends of the Earth

E-hustings questions from bccc members

Q. With nearly one in ten deaths in Brent attributed to air pollution, what are you going to do to tackle air pollution in the Borough?
What do you propose to do reduce air pollution in Brent? The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with nitrogen dioxide air pollution, and it has been estimated that in 2010 there were 111 premature deaths in Brent from air pollution (predominantly the result of particulates from road transport).

Q. Would you agree that car-parking charging in whatever form effectively constitutes a local, environmentally-friendly, progressive tax on people living in Brent?
Q. For Conservative candidates in our ward (or to all if necessary):

Q. You say you want Brent to be a “car-friendly borough”, and you also talk about “creating a greener Brent”. How would you reconcile these conflicting aims?

Q. You say you will “support programmes to reduce the council’s carbon footprint”, but do not give any specific examples. What are these programmes?

Q. To all:

Will you support the Friends of the Earth campaign to install solar panels on as many schools as possible?

Q. Do you believe that human caused climate change is taking place? And if so, what, in brief, does your party propose to do about it?

E mail hustings

Brent Campaign Against Climate Change is asking members and supporters for ideas for questions to all political parties and independents that are standing in Brent in the local council and European parliament elections that will be taking place on May 22nd 2014.

Please send your questions to Peter Murry (BCCC Acting Secretary) at .