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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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...

The Green Movement Rocking Councils Across the South (aka SECA!)

We are delighted to share the news that SECA has been awarded one of CPRE Sussex's 2020 Countryside Awards.  We got a Silver Award in the "Connecting People and the Countryside" category. This is a really welcome acknowledgment of all the hard work by SECA members across the whole of the South...

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 Together scheme works. Lockdown...
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Engaging stakeholders in climate action: The Canterbury model

Councils around the country are realising that stakeholder engagement is critical to any ambitious climate plans. But this isn't as easy as it sounds. The range and diversity of potential partners that need to be brought together creates risks of unproductive 'talk shops', or wasting time on point...

Meeting the retrofit challenge

The UK is facing a huge retrofit challenge.  Our draughty homes are some of the least energy efficient in Europe, and millions need to be upgraded to reach basic energy efficiency standards.  This could be big source of new green jobs and a way to 'build back better' after Covid 19.  Government...

Join the Rewilding Britain Network this Autumn

Rewilding in Britain is gaining momentum - white storks have returned and are breeding in Sussex, pine martens are breeding in England and Wales, white tailed eagles have been reintroduced to Scotland and England and rewilding is being debated in parliament. These are all massive achievements. But...

Latest polling shows support for green recovery

"A majority of Brits from all demographics agree that if the economic recovery doesn't tackle climate change, it would be bad for the economy in the long run."  That was the striking conclusion from a recent opinion poll from the Conservative Environment Network.  The national poll provides...

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Meeting the retrofit challenge

Meeting the retrofit challenge

The UK is facing a huge retrofit challenge.  Our draughty homes are some of the least energy efficient in Europe, and millions need to be upgraded to reach basic energy efficiency standards.  This could be big source of new green jobs and a way to 'build back better'...

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Join the Rewilding Britain Network this Autumn

Join the Rewilding Britain Network this Autumn

Rewilding in Britain is gaining momentum - white storks have returned and are breeding in Sussex, pine martens are breeding in England and Wales, white tailed eagles have been reintroduced to Scotland and England and rewilding is being debated in parliament. These are...

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Latest polling shows support for green recovery

Latest polling shows support for green recovery

"A majority of Brits from all demographics agree that if the economic recovery doesn't tackle climate change, it would be bad for the economy in the long run."  That was the striking conclusion from a recent opinion poll from the Conservative Environment Network.  The...

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Getting a grip on emissions:  Introducing SCATTER

Getting a grip on emissions: Introducing SCATTER

Step one for any council seeking to develop a climate action plan is to get a grip on its current emissions.  But this isn’t as easy as it seems.  This is where SCATTER comes in.  It is fast becoming the ‘go to’ carbon modelling tool for local authorities. Geoff...

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JUNE ACTION: #HarnessOurPower with Community Energy

JUNE ACTION: #HarnessOurPower with Community Energy

The South East has been one of the cradles of community energy in the UK. Over a hundred locally-owned clean energy schemes are now up and running.  As the "Build Back Better" movement gathers pace is this the moment for community energy to really come of age?  For...

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