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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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...

The Green Movement Rocking Councils Across the South (aka SECA!)

We are delighted to share the news that SECA has been awarded one of CPRE Sussex's 2020 Countryside Awards.  We got a Silver Award in the "Connecting People and the Countryside" category. This is a really welcome acknowledgment of all the hard work by SECA members across the whole of the South...

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...

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Death of the “me first” society

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...

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APRIL ACTION:  Let’s stay in touch using Slack

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...

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