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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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...

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 Barnard recently caught up with...

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 June's joint action, we're...

Building back better: how can councils spark a green post-Covid recovery?

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” was a saying attributed to Winston Churchill. As organisations and governments move from emergency response mode to thinking about the post-coronavirus recovery, a wave of new thinking is emerging on how we can ‘Build back better’, or perhaps more specifically...

May Action: Switch to a green energy supplier and support SECA

For our joint action for May, we’re launching a brand new energy switching tool that will help people save money, choose 100% green energy, while chipping in to support the work of SECA. Many of you will already be on a green energy tariff, but lots of people haven’t got around to it, or are...

Death of the “me first” society

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of many people, and many more will be lost before the crisis is over. But one death that we will not mourn is the death of the “me first” society. For decades we have been told that humans are inherently selfish. We are all out for what we can get,...

APRIL ACTION:  Let’s stay in touch using Slack

With so many of our regular climate action efforts and campaigns now on hold because of coronavirus, the SECA Steering Group has been thinking how we can make best use of this lockdown period.  Since meeting in person is ruled out we figured now would be a good time to try out Friends of the...

Case study: Repair café unites community and sows seeds of change

Behaviour change can be a daunting prospect, unless it happens in easy steps, with tangible and immediate benefits. Getting together to fix stuff is an instantly appealing answer to reducing waste, but Horsham District resident Carrie Cort has discovered that setting up a regular repair café has...

First crop of Climate Action Plans starting to come through

Nearly all the county, district and borough councils in the South East have now recognised the climate emergency. Some have been quick off the mark in producing Climate Action Plans and are leading the way for others to follow.  In this article we summarise the headlines from some of these...

MARCH ACTION: Rewild our verges

March 3rd is World Wildlife Day.  To celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora how about for SECA's joint action for March we all get behind the Plantlife Road Verge Campaign? According to Plantlife, over 700 species of wildflower grow on the UK’s road verges – nearly 45%...

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JANUARY ACTION: Pledge to fly less

JANUARY ACTION: Pledge to fly less

Flying really is the elephant in the room when it comes to our personal carbon footprints. It contributes about 3% of total global annual emissions, but this figure is growing steadily and flying is one of the toughest nuts to crack in going carbon neutral.  So we're...

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December Action: Vote for climate action!

December Action: Vote for climate action!

So it's official - there will be an election on 12 December. This is our moment to push climate action to the top of the political agenda, and make it a #climateelection.  No doubt you've already been thinking of what you can do to help achieve this.  In this...

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How to organise a hustings meeting

How to organise a hustings meeting

We need to make sure climate change and the environment are high on the agenda for the upcoming Dec 12th election otherwise they are likely to get submerged by Brexit and other issues. Organising a hustings meeting for your local election candidates is a great way of...

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November Action – Plant a tree

November Action – Plant a tree

Asides from SECA’s work with councils we decided it would be great to encourage more personal action to tackle climate change. We are going to suggest one idea each month for a combined action that SECA members can get behind, and forward to their own friends,...

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What are we learning about campaign tactics?

What are we learning about campaign tactics?

Figuring out how to lobby for a climate emergency has been a steep learning curve for many SECA members. Few of us have had much direct experience of working with local councils before. The SECA Steering Group compared notes at a recent meeting to see what we're...

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