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Cambridge University to Divest From Fossil Fuels by 2030

Following a five-year campaign by students, academics and politicians, Cambridge University has finally agreed to divest its £3.5bn endowment fund, one of the largest in Europe, from fossil fuel corporations by 2030.  

This is part of a wider plan to reduce the University's emissions to net-zero by 2038. Also, all future research funding and other donations will be checked thoroughly to ensure compatibility with the university’s net zero target before any funding is accepted.

The Cambridge Zero Carbon Campaign welcomed the announcement as a “historic victory for the divestment movement”.

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Government Pledges Every Home In The UK Will Be Powered By Offshore Wind Farm By 2030

At the virtual Conservative party conference on Tuesday 6th October, the PM pledged that offshore wind farms will generate enough electricity to power every home in the UK within a decade – raising Government’s target for offshore wind power capacity from 30 gigawatts to 40 gigawatts.

He said the UK would “become the world leader in low-cost clean power generation" comparing the UK’s resources in offshore wind to Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth.

The Government also announces a £160m plan to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines to help the country "build back greener".  This investment aims to rapidly create about 2,000 construction jobs and support up to 60,000 jobs by 2030.

These commitments are the first stage of a 10-point plan for a "green industrial revolution" from the government. 
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Single-use Plastic Straws, Stirrers and Cotton Buds Banned in England

From 1st October, it is now illegal for Businesses to sell or supply single use plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds. Hospitals, bars and restaurants will still be able to provide plastic straws to people with disabilities or medical conditions. 

It is estimated that people use an estimated 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England each year. Environmental campaigners welcomed the ban, but stress that stronger, more ambitious plans are needed to tackle the plastic pollution problem.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government was "building plans" for a deposit return scheme to encourage recycling of single-use drinks containers.

BBC: https://bbc.in/2GiP3sJ
Independent: https://bit.ly/3jzjB7Q

Free Bikes for low income workers, new Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) reserve, Bee Hotels, and more...

 Local News in Brief (October 2020): 

  • Free Bikes for low income workers in Nottingham City without access to a car: https://bit.ly/2GrGETJ
     
  • New electric car charging point for up to eight cars at any one time in Glossop, Derbyshire: https://bit.ly/3ldr6BN
     
  • Thornhill Carr is a new lightly managed Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) reserve located on the Touchstone Trail leading up to Ladybower: https://bit.ly/3jz9eks
     
  • Recycle your flowers & greenery into Christmas decorations at Wollaton, Nottinghamshire: https://bit.ly/3nmTLpI
     
  • 10 new ‘Hotels’ for bees are being placed around Nottingham  to help increase the population of bees in local neighbourhoods: https://bit.ly/2HOJnH5

 

Job Opportunity: DE-Carbonise Project Officer

Location: Council House/Satellite offices in Derbyshire
Salary: £30,451 - £32,910, pro-rata
Hours: 18.5 hours a week (0.5 FTE)
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract 
Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 11th October

Derby City Council is looking to recruit a new Project Officer, to join the existing professional and highly motivated team, to coordinate and deliver a exciting new project, DE-Carbonise. DE-Carbonise is a comprehensive low carbon support and grants programme for small and medium sized businesses across Derby and Derbyshire.

It is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

For more information and/or to apply: https://bit.ly/2S3BAXS