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. Candidates for county, borough and district councils are joining in and signing the ABCD climate action pledge.  They are agreeing, if elected, to press their council to:  Aim higher, Build partnerships, Communicate, and Divest from fossil fuels.  Are your...

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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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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