The South East Climate Alliance (SECA) was set up in February 2019, following a ‘SOS Climate Emergency Day’ meeting in Horsham attended by over 120 people from 14 environmental groups across Sussex and Surrey. Between the groups present, we could cite many examples of thriving green initiatives – from repair cafés to solar schools. Yet there was a widespread feeling of frustration that the current overall response to climate change just does not match the scale and urgency of the climate threat.
We decided to join forces to address this. We agreed that our first focus should be a campaign to urge District and County Councils across the region to ‘Declare a Climate Emergency’. We plan to use the upcoming local government elections on May 2nd as an initial rallying point for mobilising local action. In this way, our aim is to demonstrate how widespread the concern about climate change really is, and encourage councillors and candidates to publicly get behind the idea of declaring a Climate Emergency.
Who we are
The South East Climate Alliance (SECA) is a coalition of local environmental, community and faith groups from the South East of England uniting for urgent action on climate change. It acts as an informal umbrella group and has been set up to share ideas and coordinate action. Groups affiliated with SECA remain autonomous and will continue to take their own decisions. Some will adopt traditional community organising approaches; others may prefer a non-violent direct action approach, as is being championed by the Extinction Rebellion movement. SECA is not responsible for the actions of its individual member groups.
SECA is not affiliated to any political party. We have pledged to take a deliberately cross-party approach in our campaigning as we believe that the issue of climate change goes way beyond party politics.
In preparing this website, we have drawn considerably on the ideas and resources made available on the ClimateEmergency.uk website, which provides an excellent overview of the progress of the climate emergency movement across the UK.
SECA is made up of environmental, community and faith groups from across Surrey, Sussex and Kent, plus some national supporters. Current membership includes:
- Blackwater Valley Friends of the Earth
- Brighthelm Church and Community Centre
- Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE)
- Community Energy South
- Chichester Repair Café
- Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) – Surrey
- Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) – Sussex
- Cuckmere Community Solar
- Divest East Sussex
- Dorking Repair Café
- Dorking Solar Group
- Eco Cops
- Eyes of Gaia
- Friends of the Earth – Eastbourne
- Friends of the Earth – England, Wales & N.Ireland
- Friends of the Earth – Sevenoaks
- Friends of the Earth – Tonbridge & Malling
- Friends of the Earth – Tunbridge Wells
- Greening Westbourne
- Green Spirit
- Horsham Churches Together
- Horsham Repair Café
- Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green
- Kinder Living
- Permaculture Magazine
- Refill Horsham District
- Scaynes Hill Sustainability Group
- Steyning 10:10 / Greening Steyning
- Southwest Surrey EnRaG (Compass Environmental Research & Action Group)
- Sussex Green Living
- Surrey Wildlife Trust
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- Sustainability Centre East Meon
- Thanet in Transition
- Transition Chichester
- Transition Cuckmere Valley
- Transition Dorking
- HKD Transition (Hassocks, Hurst, Keymer, Ditchling Transition)
- Transition Town Lewes
- Transition Town Hastings
- Transition Horsham
- Transition Town Worthing
- Worthing Climate Action Network
- Worthing Repair Café
Click on the organisation names to link through to their websites or Facebook pages.
How to join
We would be delighted to welcome further members to the Alliance! Our definition of the ‘South East’ is evolving, so groups from Hampshire and Kent are certainly welcome.
If you are a representative of local group that would like to join SECA, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org It would be helpful to have a lead contact with each group, so we can coordinate action easily.
Individuals are also welcome to join our mailing list, which means you will be sent our periodic newsletter with updates on SECA and the Climate Emergency Campaign. Again, just email us at: email@example.com
Please be assured that your contact details will only be used for communicating with you on matters relating to SECA and its campaigns. We will not pass on your details to any third parties without your express permission.
The SECA Steering Group is made up of volunteers from member organisations. If you are interested in joining the Steering Group please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org