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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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%...

SECA Anniversary Networking Event – Report back

Our anniversary networking event on January 11th was a cracker!  Just like our inaugural meeting a year ago, it was buzzing with energy and gave us all a much-needed New Year's shot in the arm. This was especially welcome given the urgency we all feel to get moving on climate action. A year ago,...

FEBRUARY ACTION: Shut that door!

Let's keep the heat inside and shut the doors Closing a shop door in winter can save up to 50% in energy use and carbon emissions. If all shops on the high street did this the saving would be immense.  Shops do not want to because they think it will affect their business. Research has shown, it...
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How SECA members are working with councils: Survey update

SECA is keen to keep tabs on how member groups are getting on in their efforts to engage with their local councils on their climate action plans.  So we have been approaching SECA member groups by phone and email to ask how those efforts have gone.  The news is encouraging;  there's a lot...

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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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Horsham District Council passes climate emergency motion

Horsham District Council passes climate emergency motion

PRESS RELEASE - 26 June 2109 Horsham District Council took a significant step this evening in agreeing a motion to increase action on climate change, as well as on a range of other environmental issues from single use plastics to biodiversity. There was a high degree...

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Mole Valley declares a Climate Emergency!

Mole Valley declares a Climate Emergency!

*** LATEST NEWS FROM DORKING CLIMATE EMERGENCY *** Tonight, 18th June 2019, an extra-ordinary meeting of Mole Valley District Council voted UNANIMOUSLY to declare a meaningful Climate Emergency.  Thanks to all who responded to our urgent call-out and managed to attend...

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Next wave of Climate Emergency motions building

Next wave of Climate Emergency motions building

With the local elections now behind us, campaigners and newly elected councillors are wasting no time in putting pressure on councils to declare climate emergencies and step up action on climate.  Here's an update on five campaigns we know about, focusing on Kent...

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