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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What next after the ABCD pledges?

Following our very successful ABCD Climate Action Pledge campaign there are now 36 county councillors and 28 district/borough councillors in post across the SECA region who have pledged their support for urgent climate action and divestment.  So where do we go from here in following up with these...

64 SECA Climate Pledge candidates elected!

The results of the local elections are in and sixty four of the candidates who signed the SECA ABCD climate pledge have been elected across the South East.  This is an encouraging outcome and a sign that both candidates and voters want climate to stay centre stage for local councils, not drop off...

How Green is my Parish? The IMPACT Community Carbon Calculator

Estimating your current carbon footprint is an important step in identifying where emissions are coming from and deciding how best to tackle them.  The IMPACT Community Carbon Calculator is a powerful and user-friendly new tool that allows you to do this at the parish level.  Drawing on data from...

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...

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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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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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