Global Day of Action for Climate Justice in Llangollen, 6th Nov 2021

Walkers, Cyclists and Kayakers all assembled in the town centre. Photo Credit: Alan Potts / EaglesNest Photography.

Llangollen Friends of the Earth calls on UK government to end support for fossil fuels as part of global day of action for climate justice on 6th November.

Groups of walkers, cyclists and kayakers carried flaming Earth models into the centre of Llangollen this Saturday. Participants took in the beautiful landscape of the Dee Valley as the flaming earth models made their way to the town centre. 

The local event was part of a global day of action during the UN climate talks, to demand the UK government end its support for fossil fuels.

With the message “Earth’s on fire” the campaigners highlighted the government’s hypocrisy in claiming to be a world leader on climate whilst continuing to support fossil fuels here and abroad.

Currently the UK government is supporting a new oil field off Shetland, it’s supporting investment in new oil in Mozambique (fueling conflict in the region), and supporting a new coal mine in Cumbria. Friends of the Earth are calling on the Government to drop their support for these projects, and to concentrate on securing a future for our young people.

Warren Davies, group coordinator said, “We’re asking people to write to their MP to express their concerns about government support for fossil fuel projects, to share their concerns about climate change, and to call for action.”

The group stated that fairness must be at the heart of action, and that the poorest people in our communities and around the world must not be disadvantaged.”

Warren went on to say,

“We all want less waste, we all want a healthier society and we all want to protect future generations. By taking climate action we can achieve these things, but the effort must be felt by all of society, that is in the UK and Globally.”

A YouGov survey found 67% of voters felt that the UK should strive to be a global leader on climate change.

“People have done all they can individually, they’ve reduced their energy use, they always recycle. But we’re at a brick wall. To get get further we need the government to lead and enable people to reduce their emissions”

Climate change solutions can bring many positives, especially to rural areas. Local energy generation, insulation businesses and local food production can all potentially create decent, secure jobs.

In recent years we have experienced unprecedented flooding and drought cycles. We’ve had flooding on the lower Dee and upland fires on Llantysilio mountain. During these times, the local population has pulled together, supporting local firefighters. But as these weather patterns get worse and more frequent, we will be spending more and more of our efforts sorting them out. Of course climate change is a global issue, and so every community will face similar or worse challenges.

Unique features of the valley including the beautiful Llangollen whitebeam tree are also under threat. The Llangollen whitebeam is unique to the area and is struggling to survive as a species. Climate change will only make its fate more precarious.

Our Government, as hosts of the UN climate talks, must take this opportunity to take decisive action.”

Notes 

1. Friends of the Earth’s briefings on the Cumbria coal mine, the Cambo oil field, drilling for oil in Surrey and the Mozambique gas project are all available here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate/4-cases-threaten-uks-climate-reputation

2. https://ukcop26.org 

3. Link to COP26 coalition map of actions: https://cop26coalition.org/map/ 

The COP26 Coalition is the UK-based civil society coalition made up of thousands of organisations and individuals demanding climate justice at COP26. Coalition members include grassroots movements, the largest trade unions in the UK and NGOs, including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace UK, Extinction Rebellion, Scottish Trade Unions Congress, UNISON, Tearfund, 350.org, Fridays For Future, Wretched of the Earth, and many more. https://cop26coalition.org/ 

4. https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/yougov-poll-finds-majority-british-public-want-uk-lead-world-tackling-climate-change/

Climate Action Llangollen

Take Climate Action!

This summer we’re supporting a series of events that are bringing together anyone who’s worried about the climate crisis to start channelling this energy into starting climate action groups and building practical solutions . We will be helping to connect these local climate action groups at a national and international level to create enough pressure to bring about the big system changes that we urgently need.

If you are interested in taking part, please come along to our initial meeting;

Climate Action Llangollen Meeting – Thursday 16th May, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Llangollen Town Council Chamber.

Big Bike Ride to School on ITV

The Big Bike Ride event was organised by Llangollen Friends of the Earth, and was part of the Sustrans ‘Big Pedal’, a national event involving over 2,000 schools. More than 70% of pupils from both the English and Welsh medium primary schools decided to cycle, scoot, or walk to school that day instead of travelling by car.

The event in Llangollen was covered by ITV Cymru/Wales as well as BBC Radio Wales. You can read more about the event here.

Big Bike Ride to School – Friday 29th March

We’re excited that Ysgol Bryn Collen and Ysgol y Gwernant are going to be taking part in the 2019 Sustrans ‘Big Pedal’ event! It’s an inter-school annual event which aims to get pupils, parents and teachers cycling, scooting or walking to school.

In support of this event, parents and Llangollen Friends of the Earth are organising a one day bike ride from ST COLLEN’S CHURCH CAR PARK AT 8.20am,  SETTING OFF FOR THE SCHOOLS ALONG THE A5 AND UP BROOK STREET. This route uses the Denbighshire County Council designated safe route to school.

Parents and students can join us by bike, scooter or on foot from St Collen’s or en-route up Brook Street to the primary schools.

This bike ride has been organised by parents and Llangollen Friends of the Earth, in collaboration with Ysgol Bryn Collen and in support of the Sustrans ‘Big Pedal’ event. For updates please see; www.facebook.com/LlangollenFoE.


NOTICE FOR DRIVERS, Friday 29th March, 8.20am.
If you’re driving on the A5 or up Brook Street around 8.20am, hopefully you’ll see more people cycling, scooting or walking than you would do usually. Please be aware this may lead to a short delay in journey times. We’d really love Llangollen to support both the children and their schools as they take part in this event. Thank you.

Composting Workshops

There are so many benefits of composting! Composting is a vital part of the earth natural life cycle, it turns every day organic matter into fertile rich soil which can be used to grow food and plants.

Home composting has many benefits.

With the decline of insect numbers and wildlife, compost bins provide a rich habitat and ecosystem for these essential creatures to grow. Composting at home reduces the need for food waste and organic matter to be transported to secondary locations and thus reducing Co2 emissions.

Growing your own food using your own compost is a great way to connect back with nature and enables more seasonal eating. If you can grow your own food then it saves on food being shipped around the world for our consumption, it also reduces the need for the packaging that is produced to ensure safe transport.

A lot of compost that is bought in stores contains peat, moving away from peat-based compost will help safeguard these fragile environments. There has been developments lately in the anti plastic movement to switch some packaging to compostable materials, many of these products can not be processed by our Local Authorities and require them to be composted at home.

Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth have been running a series of free workshops to help promote home composting in the local area.
Workshops have been held in Denbigh, Ruthin, Llangollen, Corwen, Prestatyn, Conwy and Bodfari. If you would be interested in attending a workshop in the future, please get in touch.