Chancellor Set To Announce £3bn Green Investment Package

On Wednesday (8th July), Rishi Sunak is set to announce a £3bn green investment package to cut carbon emissions. The plan aims to tackle UK’s poorly insulated homes, decarbonise public buildings, and create tens of thousands of new ‘green’ jobs.

This will include a £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme through which homeowners will be able to apply for vouchers of up to £5,000 for energy-saving home improvements. The government are commiting to pay at least two-thirds of the cost. 

However, campaigners say Rishi Sunak’s plans does not go far enough when compared to Germany (£36bn) and France (£13.5bn).   

Bright Green Future 2020-2021 deadline extended

There is still time to join Bright Green Futures (BGF) as the deadline has been extended to 24th July 2020 at 6pm!

BGF is a free, year-long programme, starting in September 2020, for young people aged 14-17 with an interest in the environment and climate change. The programme is run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE). 

Local News In brief :

  • Derbyshire joins other rural areas demanding support to tackle climate change:
  • Dr Bike: Free bike checks in Derby every Wednesday and Thursday:
  • Hope Valley Climate Action (HVCA) are inviting Hope Valley residents to complete a travel survey to understand how people see their current and future travel patterns.  You can find the survey here.
  • If you are Derbyshire Pension Fund member, Divest Derbyshire and Derbyshire Pensioners Action Group have developed a short survey designed to ask for your views. Click here to take the survey.

XR Nottingham News and Upcoming Events

On June 25th, XR Nottingham took to the streets to highlight the Climate Change Committee ('CCC') report and to deliver letters to local MPs asking them to speak out publicly on the governments inaction in taking any responsibility to address the climate crisis. You can view the Nottingham Action. Three Nottingham city MPs responded and you can read their statement via twitter.

They have lots of interesting workshops, talks and trainings listed on their website.

This Saturday 11th July, there is a ‘Rebel Picnic’ from 2-5pm at the Arboretum (near the bandstand).  This is a chance to listen, ask questions and meet current Nottingham rebels. They are also planning a bike-friendly green-themed action for the 25th July. 

Plastic Free Festival 2021

Community Lead of Plastic Free Chesterfield, Greg Hewitt, has a proposal to organise a Plastic Free Festival in Chesterfield in 2021 - a family-fun event with stalls selling plastic-free goods, workshops on how to reuse and upcycle, food, drink, and live performances.

Greg has put together a survey to find out whether you think this is a good idea: