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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The ABCD Pledge: getting climate on the local election agenda

Local elections are coming up on May 6th. What can we do in our local areas to bring climate change to the front of both candidates’ and voters' minds?  This blog might help with some ideas. It includes details of a new SECA Pledge Card asking candidates to put their name to our 'ABCD' Climate...

Factoring in behaviour: What measures work best in cutting emissions?

Cutting carbon is a people problem, not just a technical one.  Individual behaviour and preferences make a massive difference in determining which carbon-savings measures are likely to be adopted, and thus how much impact they’ll have.  Hampshire County Council wanted to probe the knotty question...

COP26: A call to action

How can SECA member groups gear up for COP26 in Glasgow this November and get behind the UN's climate goals?  In this article, Viviane Doussy lays out the challenge and issues a call for action to SECA members to think creatively about how they can take advantage of the focus and attention the...

COP26: What is it and why it matters

The COP26 Climate Summit starts in Glasgow on November 1st.  It will be a major milestone in global efforts to get on top of climate change, and hopefully a turning point.  The summit will be a focal point for all kinds of lobbying, campaigning, and manoeuvring, and for the weeks around it will...

Embedding Climate Change in Decision-Making: The Hampshire Toolbox

Agreeing ambitious targets is an essential first step in getting on top of climate change. But how do councils then proceed to ensure that climate considerations are embedded in real world decision making within their complex organisations?  Hampshire County Council has been leading from the front...

There’s no Planet B: But welcome to Planet Woking

Imaginative and effective communication is essential for any local council looking to play a leadership role in galvanising climate action.  In this blog, Lara Beattie, explains how Woking Borough Council in Surrey has stepped up to address this challenge with their 'Planet Woking' initiative. A...

Councils make a strong start on climate action plans despite Covid 

Every council across the South East, from Hampshire to Kent, has now formally recognised the climate emergency or stated their intention to take action on the climate.  But what has been done to turn these pledges into concrete action?  SECA has been keeping tabs on this, and the news is...

Join the West Sussex Climate Conversation

The West Sussex Climate Conversation runs until 6 December 2020 and will look at how our behaviour has changed during the pandemic – for example working from home or exploring locally - and how this has affected our local environment.  In this blog, Rachel Carruthers, from West Sussex County...

Communication lags behind climate action, but some councils stand out !

We have been scouring council websites to find out the latest on their climate action plans. One thing is very clear: not many councils have really got their act together yet in communicating what they are doing on the climate.  Yet this is crucial if councils are to play the leadership role they...

Why Gatwick expansion is a flight to nowhere

Despite the dramatic downturn in air traffic caused by the Covid pandemic the owners of Gatwick Airport are pressing ahead with plans to expand capacity by opening up a second runway.  In this article, Anne Davies, from campaign group CAGNE, argues why this is environmental madness, and why local...

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Join the West Sussex Climate Conversation

Join the West Sussex Climate Conversation

The West Sussex Climate Conversation runs until 6 December 2020 and will look at how our behaviour has changed during the pandemic – for example working from home or exploring locally - and how this has affected our local environment.  In this blog, Rachel Carruthers,...

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Why Gatwick expansion is a flight to nowhere

Why Gatwick expansion is a flight to nowhere

Despite the dramatic downturn in air traffic caused by the Covid pandemic the owners of Gatwick Airport are pressing ahead with plans to expand capacity by opening up a second runway.  In this article, Anne Davies, from campaign group CAGNE, argues why this is...

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PV group buying scheme launches in Sussex

PV group buying scheme launches in Sussex

Local authorities across East and West Sussex have teamed up to get behind a  group buying scheme designed to cut the cost of installing domestic solar PV.  In this blog, David Edwards, from West Sussex County Council's Energy Services Team, explains how the Solar...

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