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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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...

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 making flying the focus of our...

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 'Election Special' blog we've brought...

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 doing this.  It shows...

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, families and networks.  By joining...

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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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List of Candidates backing a Climate Emergency

List of Candidates backing a Climate Emergency

More and more candidates in the local council elections are getting the message and giving their backing to the idea of declaring a climate emergency.  Not all have signed a pledge card yet - some have preferred to confirm their support in writing.  We've made a...

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Report on the Lancaster Climate Emergency Conference

Report on the Lancaster Climate Emergency Conference

Here's a report on the Climate Emergency Conference held in Lancaster on February 29th.  Held in the fine setting of Lancaster's Town Hall, it brought together about 200 people involved in the Climate Emergency (CE) movement across the country, a mix of councillors,...

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