More than 200 people from Winchester District joined 700 hundred thousand people world-wide to show their commitment to tackling global warming on Sunday 29 November, the day before the opening of the crucial Paris Climate Conference, supported by Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester
I just arrived in Paris for the global climate talks that start here today, and one of the first things I saw when I turned on my computer was the stream of photos coming from thousands of Global Climate March events across the globe.
What I saw was the beauty and power of a growing movement.
WinACC is now developing its plans for 2016 to help Winchester District tread more lightly on the planet. We hope for a good debate at the open meeting on Saturday 6 February, leading to a programme of work to be approved by WinACC's trustees in April.
On Friday 27 November, three young supporters of WinACC delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street signed by 750 local people, in support of a strong and binding world-wide plan to tackle disastrous global warming.
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, says: “I am pleased to support Winchester Action on Climate Change and the important work which they are doing to raise awareness of the need to tackle climate change."
On Sunday 29 November, WinACC expects some 250 people to walk in Winchester People's Procession for Paris. They set off from Abbey Gardens SO23 9BE, adjacent to the Broadway, at 10:00am and end at Winchester Railway Station, from where some will go on the 11.23 train to the People’s March for the Climate in London. The march will be led by WinACC supporters of all ages and a choir singing a climate song specially written for WinACC. There will be short speeches or statements from Winchester City Council , Joy Carter the Vice-chancellor of the University of Winchester and the young people who delivered the letter to 10 Downing Street.
In November 2015, WinACC's paper "Station Approach: WinACC notes on the City Council Design Brief " commented on the brief from our perspective with a particular emphasis on transport. Winchester Action on Climate Chnage's paper also summarises some of our thoughts about what we'd want to see in the area.
People all over Hampshire will be making their voices heard on the weekend of 28 and 29 November to keep global warming below 2 degrees C. They are telling the UK Government and around 200 world leaders at the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris between 30 November and 12 December to set targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions which will be legally binding on all the nations of the world.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd announced changes to the direction of Government energy policy in a speech on the 18 November 2015. Read the full text of the speech.