Hayfield Parish Council Declares Climate Emergency

Hayfield Parish Council has declared a climate emergency. The authority is now one of dozens around the country to adopt such a motion.
Sustainable Hayfield, which lobbied the council to take this action, said: ‘This is unashamedly good news… but it means nothing if not followed by hard work to develop a plan, consistent with the proposal to put to the Council, to limit the council’s own carbon emissions, so that they become a net zero carbon emitting institution.’
This follows our news item last month that Wirksworth Town Council adopted a similar motion and that the newly-created Derbyshire Climate Coalition has created a petition calling on the county council, and all district councils in the area, to declare an emergency and take steps to reduce their carbon emissions. Sign it here:

If anyone is interested in joining or helping with the campaign please contact Lisa Hopkinson at

Derbyshire Resident Publishes Think Like a Tree Book

Sarah Spencer, a Derbyshire resident, is publishing a practical personal development book called Think Like a Tree: the natural principles guide to life, which includes discussion of climate change solutions. Published on 1st May, the book aims to reveal the underlying principles of nature’s secrets of success by drawing on woodland examples from around the globe.
Sarah lives with her family on a smallholding in the National Forest in Derbyshire. She turned to the principles she observed around her in nature when she was suffering from a rare chronic illness to actively design her way back to health. She now shares her insights to help others via Think like a Tree workshops for adults and children.
During April, Sarah is offering free review copies of the book to anyone willing to write an impartial review on Amazon. More info:

New Nottingham Air Pollution Group Launches

A new community group is aiming to tackle air pollution in Nottingham. Green Lights Notts is a new community-based research, evidence-based lobbying and public campaigning group that aims to improve people’s quality of life through the reduction of air pollution. The group is doing this in three key ways:

  • City Council monitoring & reporting
  • A research project  
  • Community & public engagement activities

The group is next meeting on Monday 29th April at 7:30 pm at the Vat and Fiddle. For updates on air pollution readings and events in Nottingham follow the group on twitter via @NottinghamAir or Facebook via @greenlightnotts”. To get involved sign up to the groups mailing list by emailing:

Read our April Newsletter

Our latest newsletter, packed with all the latest on local action and news on climate change is ready for you to read.

Community Climate Action Networking Event - 23rd March

Saturday 23rd March, Loundsley Green Community Centre, Chesterfield
Free event. Bring something to share for lunch

Facebook event

An opportunity for community groups in Derbyshire, Derby, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire focused on tackling climate change and other environmental problems to meet to share their projects, successes, struggles and ideas. There will also be a workshop which will provide a space in which to reflect on how your group and members are doing and how you can give yourselves the best chance of being a group that endures and thrives.


Creative opportunities for anyone to experience cycling. Alastair Meikle, Inclusive Pedals and Cycling Without Age

Hayfield Sustainable Transport: a minibus car club. Roland Strube, Hayfield Sustainable Transport

Local Anti-Fracking campaigns. Greg Hewitt

Campaigning to make it easier to build eco homes locally. Claire & James Healey, EnVelop Homes

Combating poor air quality. David Clasby, Sustrans

Whistlewood Common: a community-owned woodland. Katherine Parrish will talk about a community-owned woodland with an eco-newbuild roundhouse near Melbourne in South Derbyshire. The project draws on permaculture principles.

Declaring a Climate Emergency. Peter Robinson, Derby Climate Coalition

Both events will begin with a bring and share lunch - please bring something to share (let us know if you have any dietary requirements). It is helpful if you can indicate you are attending either via the Facebook event or by emailing Caroline Harmon:, although you are also welcome to just turn up.