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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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 Together scheme works. Lockdown...
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Engaging stakeholders in climate action: The Canterbury model

Councils around the country are realising that stakeholder engagement is critical to any ambitious climate plans. But this isn't as easy as it sounds. The range and diversity of potential partners that need to be brought together creates risks of unproductive 'talk shops', or wasting time on point...

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' after Covid 19.  Government...

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 all massive achievements. But...

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,...

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MARCH ACTION: Rewild our verges

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...

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SECA Anniversary Networking Event – Report back

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...

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FEBRUARY ACTION: Shut that door!

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...

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How SECA members are working with councils:  Survey update

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...

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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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