South East Climate Alliance

We are a coalition of local environment, community and faith groups across South East England uniting for urgent action on climate change. 

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Good COP? Bad COP? COP out?

While the COP27 talks in Egypt did not deliver any dramatic new initiatives to address the climate crisis, moving the debate to Africa delivered a more inclusive COP and an agreement to help the most vulnerable cope with the impacts of climate change. Thalia Griffiths asks what happens next. With...

Attendees Informed by Nature at Summer Gathering

SECA Co-founder Nicola Peel brought like-minded people together in early September to discuss how we can learn from nature. In this blog she describes what participants got up to, and how we can find out more about the topics discussed. Over the first weekend in September Nicola Peel held a Summer...

New online tool puts local data at campaigners’ fingertips

Friends of the Earth have developed an online tool which gathers data from each Local Authority area to help campaigners identify the key areas where action is needed. This blog describes how the Near You data tool was developed and how campaign groups can use it to push for change from local...

We want affordable green energy, not fossil fuels!

Divest East Sussex is campaigning to put pressure on East Sussex County Council to stop investing its pension fund cash in fossil fuel companies. Supporters organised a fast and vigil outside County Hall in Lewes in the run-up to July's vote. This blog by Gabriel Carlyle outlines the issues...

Further, Faster, Wider, Louder

How can internal Scrutiny Committees help to drive climate action within councils? This was a question posed by West Sussex County Council recently when they invited Geoff Barnard to speak at an orientation day for scrutiny committee members. This blog explains how he approached it and sets out...

Can a new computer tool combat human silo thinking?

On 6 June 2022, sustainable living expert Pooran Desai OBE gave a talk in an online Knowledge Sharing event hosted by the South East Climate Alliance (SECA). Pooran summarised his work in sustainability over the past quarter of a century and then talked about his latest online tool, the OnePlanet...

“The Big Conversation” – Local Democracy in Action!

Horsham District Council’s Big Conversation has opened a discussion across the whole district about climate change, the environment and development pressures. This proved a good initiative, but, as this blog from Tony Whitbread argues, much more needs to be done. Three separate meetings in Horsham...

Hastings hopes to be South East’s first Garden Town

As one of the most under-served communities in the South East, Hastings is no stranger to promises of transformative funding from central government. But campaigners hope the community involvement and strong green element mean the new Hastings Town Deal will be different. This blog by Thalia...

30 ABCD Pledge supporters elected to local councils!

This year’s #ABCDPledge campaign saw 111 local election candidates pledge to take action on the climate emergency, of whom 30 were elected. This blog by Thalia Griffiths looks at the campaign and what happens next. Following the May 5th elections, councils throughout the South East have 30 new...

ABCD Climate Action Pledge: 2022 Elections

Local elections are coming up again on May 5th. They are being held in 23 borough and district councils across the South East. With all the clamour of global and Westminster politics, it is more important than ever to keep local climate action in the spotlight. That is why SECA is running our ABCD...

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Hastings hopes to be South East’s first Garden Town

Hastings hopes to be South East’s first Garden Town

As one of the most under-served communities in the South East, Hastings is no stranger to promises of transformative funding from central government. But campaigners hope the community involvement and strong green element mean the new Hastings Town Deal will be...

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30 ABCD Pledge supporters elected to local councils!

30 ABCD Pledge supporters elected to local councils!

This year’s #ABCDPledge campaign saw 111 local election candidates pledge to take action on the climate emergency, of whom 30 were elected. This blog by Thalia Griffiths looks at the campaign and what happens next. Following the May 5th elections, councils throughout...

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ABCD Climate Action Pledge:  2022 Elections

ABCD Climate Action Pledge: 2022 Elections

Local elections are coming up again on May 5th. They are being held in 23 borough and district councils across the South East. With all the clamour of global and Westminster politics, it is more important than ever to keep local climate action in the spotlight. That...

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METHANE’S ROLE IN THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

METHANE’S ROLE IN THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

On 25 March 2022 the South East Climate Alliance (SECA) hosted an online Knowledge Sharing event about methane. The focus on this Friday evening was on methane as a neglected factor in the climate and ecological emergency, and on regulatory challenges in the UK and...

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