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Climate Connections ebulletin

Issue Five
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November 2009


Welcome to NCB’s Email Update on developments relating to sustainable
development, climate change and children and young people.


NCB is leading a wide programme of activity on sustainable devel
opment
and climate change with children and young people. For further information
contact Liz Zachary
lzachary@ncb.org.uk



We hope this e
-
bulletin will be a useful resource for individuals and
organisations work
ing in this area. If you would like to subscribe to this
bulletin or have any comments or items you would like to see included, then
please email Lana Hashem
lhashem@ncb.org.uk



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NCB PROJEC
T UPDATE


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REGIONAL ACTION WORKSHOPS

The Regional Action Workshops that NCB are carrying out as part of its Small
Steps to a Sustainable Future project are currently being organised and will
be taking place in early 2010. These worksh
ops will promote the voice of
children and young people in relation to sustainable living and provide an
opportunity to share good practice and discuss ideas. Further information
and dates to follow shortly.


ONE STEP ONE WORLD CHALLENGE


The Climate Chal
lenge has changed it's name to the One Step One World
Challenge to reflect the breadth of sustainable living. This pilot programme
will run in schools, pupil referral units and other youth settings between the
end of November and early 2010 and will encour
age the children and young
people in these sites to take a four week challenge on the theme of
sustainable living. Challenges are grouped into three sections: Br Green,
Take Part and Get in the Know.


For more information about either of these projects pl
ease contact Liz
Zachary at lzachary@ncb.org.uk


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NEWS


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IS FREE RANGE ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE?


Free range is on the up, with popularity growing for both meat and egg
production across the UK. But there is a
concern that free range might not
be all it's cracked up to be, at least not in the long term if some revision to
current standards are rolled out across Britain's poultry farms.


http://thegreenvillage.co.uk/articles/is
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free
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range
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all
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its
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cracked
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up
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to
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be
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160/



STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY REWARDS STAFF FOR PROMOTING
SUSTAINABILITY

At the annual 'celebrating staff success' event held by Staffordshire
University,

a new category for this year's event saw staff being presented
with awards for sustainability. The ceremony, which is about recognising the
achievements of employees in the University over the past 12 months,
included two awards highlighting commitments
by members of staff to
sustainability within the University, both on
-
site and in the curriculum, and
outside the workplace.


http://t
hegreenvillage.co.uk/news/staffordshire
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university
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rewards
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staff
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for
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promoting
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sustainability
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978/


NEW EU RIVER QUALITY STANDARDS SHOW THE UK'S RIVERS ARE
BELOW PAR

A report compiled by the Environment Agency has revealed that despite
improvements in qua
lity over the past 20 years, three quarters of the rivers
in the UK are not up to new EU water quality standards. The report
assesses the biological and chemical quality of the rivers and has surveyed
6000 rivers across England and Wales, identifying only

five as 'pristine'.


http://thegreenvillage.co.uk/news/new
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eu
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river
-
quality
-
standards
-
show
-
the
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uks
-
rivers
-
are
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below
-
par
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965/

http://www.earthsummit2012.org/


ENVIRONMENTALISTS PLAN FOR 2012 EARTH SUMMIT

As governments around the world debate their role in combating climate
change, plans are forming behind the scenes for a meeting of glo
bal leaders
to address environmental issues that have lost international attention in
recent years. The plans envision a gathering reminiscent of the 1992 Earth
Summit in Rio de Janeiro
-

an event that captures the world's attention and
spurs a new wave o
f ideas and enthusiasm for environmental governance.
Coincidentally or not, the government of Brazil has agreed to host the
meeting in 2012 with the branding, "Rio+20."

http://www.worldchan
ging.com/archives/010626.html


COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS ARE LAST CHANCE, SAYS
GORDON BROWN

There are now fewer than 50 days to set the course of the next 50 years and
more, Prime Minister Gordon Brown tells environment ministers from 17
countries r
esponsible for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. Gordon Brown
warned that the world is on the brink of a "catastrophic" future of killer
heatwaves, floods and droughts unless governments speed up negotiations
on climate change before vital talks in Copenha
gen in December,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/oct/19/gordon
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brown
-
copenhagen
-
climate
-
talks


TEENAGERS DANCE TO SAVE THE PLANET


A choreo
graphed "thriller" style dance routine was performed by hundreds of
young people in front of the London Eye on Monday 12 October 2009 in a
surprise demonstration to celebrate the growing youth movement for action
on climate change. The event marked the en
d of three days of workshops
and training in London organised by the UK Youth Climate Coalition
(UKYCC). The flash dancers then took off to Parliament Square where the 3
minute routine was repeated as Greenpeace protestors looked down from
the roof of the

Houses of Parliament, highlighting the increasing diversity of
approaches to campaigning within the climate movement.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/env
ironment/blog/2009/oct/12/climate
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change
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dancers
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parliament



TCKTCKTCK CAMPAIGN

Ed Balls, Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families
has recently circulated letters setting out the importance of climate change
to children and young

people. DCSF would like to invite support to the
global tcktcktck campaign and to invite 100 of your own organisation's
leaders and influencers to do the same. A global agreement will be greatly
aided by a strong expression of public and institutional s
upport and this
campaign is providing the global vehicle through which it can be made.
Campaigns such as these can be very powerful, and Kofi Annan has already
written to 100 global leaders asking them to join. The campaign is growing
daily and the list
of names will be presented to the Secretary General of the
United Nations and to Heads of State in the lead
-
up to the Copenhagen
talks. Achieving the cuts in emissions required to avoid runaway climate
change will need carbon emission reduction to become
far more central to all
the business of all those delivering children's services. The Department will
set out in the Spring 2010 Carbon Delivery Plan the measures that will be
adopted over the next few years to help reduce carbon emissions.

For more info
rmation on the tcktcktck campaign, please click on the
following link
http://tcktcktck.org/


NHS FOREST


The NHS Forest is an exciting new national project coordinated by the
Campaign for Greener Healthcare. The proj
ect’s central aims are:




Improving health of staff, patients and communities through use of
green space. Largely due to increasing access to green space on or
near to NHS land.



Greening the NHS Estates and planting 1 tree per employee.
Amounting to 1.3 mi
llion trees within the next 5 years.



Encouraging greater social cohesion between the NHS Estates and the
local community.



Encourage the NHS to ensure environmental benefits of their estates
to include reducing the NHS’ carbon footprint through offsetting

from
the 1.3 million trees planted.



Bringing together a range of highly skilled professionals to produce
woodland that includes the use of art, food crops and mapping.


Actions so far include Birmingham Orthopaedic Hospital organising for
children at a
nearby primary school to carry out acorn collecting on the 5th
October 2009. It was a highly successful event with local children taking
away acorns to plant at their school. The following year it is hoped that there
will be a number of saplings to put int
o the ground at the hospital.


Visit
www.nhsforest.org

for more information



RESPONSE TO EFRA COMMITTEE REPORT ON FOOD SECURITY

The EFRA Committee published their report Securing Food Supplies up to
2050: the chal
lenges faced by the
UK
http://www.qbase.net/newqbasedefra/mailresponse.
asp?tid=1111&em=J
Butcher@ncb.org.uk&turl=http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200
809/cmselect/cmenvfru/213/213i.pdf

on 13 July 2009. To view the report,
please use this link
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmselect/cmenvfru/21
3/213i.pdf

SCHOOL CHILDREN COULD LEAD THE WAY ON SUSTAINABILITY

Britain's children and young people are potential agents of change for the
development of more su
stainable communities in the UK, according to new
research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Many
children are not only passionate about environmental issues, but more than
capable of driving forward sustainability initiatives, argues ne
w research into
the role of schools in developing more sustainable communities. Children
already play a key role in becoming more sustainable by encouraging
changes in behaviour of those around them whether in terms of recycling,
saving energy, growing ve
getables etc

http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/releases/2009/octob
er/sustainability.aspx


UN CASTS DISNEY'S TINKER BELL TO RAIS
E ENVIRONMENTAL
AWARENESS AMONG CHILDREN

The United Nations has named the Disney animated character Tinker Bell an
"Honorary Ambassador of Green" to help promote environmental awareness
among children. "This beloved animated character can help us to inspi
re
kids and their parents to nurture nature and do what they can to take care
of the environment", said Kiyo Akasaka, Under
-
Secretary for
Communications and Public Information . To read more of this article, click
on the following
link:
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=32706&Cr=green&Cr
1=


ENVISION RECRUITING A NEW CEO

Envision are recruiting a new CEO and to make sure they find the right
person for the job, they'r
e offering a 'finders fee' of £1,000 as a personal gift
or donation to a charity of your choice. Envision are looking for a very
special person to lead Envision. They will be responsible for a team of 30
staff, hundreds of volunteers, five offices around
the country (by 2012), and
supporting thousands of young people around the country. You must have
proven experience of senior management with a passion of working with
young people, have superb people skills and be an inspirational leader. They
should exc
el at big picture strategic thinking, be confident in financial
management and knowledgeable in all things funding related
.
If you are
interested, or know someone who might be ideal for this position, please
visit
www.envision.org.uk/recruitment

or forward on this information. If you
require any further information, please contact us (
phil@envision.org.uk
).


REAL COOL FUTURES


Real Cool Futures is a new in
itiative from Eden, funded by the DCSF. They
are creating a dynamic website for young people at the heart of which is an
inspirational bank of case studies; personal stories showing a wide variety of
ways in which people are contributing and responding to
environmental
challenges like climate change through their work. The project aims to
engage young people in the real opportunities that exist for them
-

opportunities to earn a living and become part of the solution to the
environmental challenges we all
face.





Case study questionnaires are being distributed to anyone who makes a
positive contribution to the planet through their work. Ideally case study
participants should be under 35 years old. The case studies on the website
will create a much bigge
r picture; young people will be able to connect what
they’re doing at school to the ways they could make a living in the future
-

and make a positive impact on our planet.





To find out more about this initiative and to obtain a copy of the case study
questionnaire, do email either Emily Partridge epartridge@edenproject.com
or Anne Randolph arandolph@edenproject.com
mailto:arandolph@edenproject.com




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CONSULTATIONS


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CONSULTATIONS CLOSED

The online dialogue Food 2030
http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/food/security/food2030.htm and the
consultation on the Development of Indicators for a Sus
tainable Food
System (
http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/food/security/indicators.htm)
have now closed. Over the coming months, the information that has been
collected will be reviewed with a view to launching a cross
-
government
strategy on food in the new

year.


A CARBON MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FOR SCHOOLS


The school sector is responsible for 15% of public sector carbon emissions
arising from energy use in school buildings, school travel and transport, the
procurement of goods and services and the production
of waste in schools.
These emissions need to be reduced to prevent greater adverse impact on
climate change. This consultation is to gather stakeholder views on the
feasibility and priority of options for action in the sector, to reduce carbon
and greenh
ouse gases arising from the operation of the school system, while
still delivering core business.

Closing Date: Friday 20 November

2009
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/index.cfm?action=consultationDe
tails&consultationId=1642&external=no&menu=1


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RESOURCES


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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR


COIN has published a practitioner's g
uide to the psychology of sustainable
behaviour by COIN's Associate, Dr Adam Corner. The guide is designed for
practitioners to get a sense of what psychological research can tell us about
sustainable behaviour. It focuses on practical messages to enable

people to
communicate climate change and promote behaviour change.

To access the guide:
http:/
/coinet.org.uk/sites/coinet.org.uk/files/A%20practioner's%20guide%2
0to%20the%20psychology%20of%20sustainable%20behaviour,%20Oct%20
09.pdf


AGE OF STUPID FREE SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION

17 November 2009

Campaign against Climate Change and Amnesty Internat
ional Free Age of
Stupid Screening.

The Human Rights Action Centre, London. Followed by panel discussion
including leading thinkers on Climate Change. The event is free but optional
donation of £5 is requested to cover costs of the screening.


http://local.stopclimatechaos.org/2009/london
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age
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of
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stupid
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free
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screening
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panel
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discussion





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EVENTS


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CLIMATE CHA
NGE AND HEALTH SERVICES: PROFESSIONAL AND
ORGANISATIONAL ADAPTATION

Join contributors from The Health Practitioner's Guide to Climate Change,
the first book to set out what health practitioners can do to prevent the
worst impacts of climate change. This s
econd Earthcast examines practical
solutions that can be implemented from the individual to the organisational
level. Jenny Griffiths, David Pencheon, Clive Blair
-
Stevens and Giovanni
Leonardi will look at how health professionals and organisations can ad
apt
their practices to the challenges posed by climate change and what they can
do to prepare for the health effects of climate change.

3 November 2009

Online


5pm


UK time (GMT)


Click here to register
http:/
/tinyurl.com/yz6qr2k



CLIMATE EMERGENCY COPENHAGEN


LONDON PUBLIC FORUM


7th November 2009

12.00
-
6.00pm

South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, NW1 1RG


Free entry, no need to register


Round Table Plenaries:


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10 % cuts by end 2010: the case

for emergency action

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Green Jobs Now
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a million climate jobs by end 2010?

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Decarbonising our transport fast
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the way ahead

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Copenhagen, the deal we need and the deal we're likely to get

Plus assorted workshops including Biofelwatch/ Food not Fuel and

the CCC
trade union group.



RENEWABLE FUTURES

10 November
-

11 November 2009

Renewable Futures is Regen SW's annual conference and trade show, and
the biggest renewable energy event in the south west of England. This year
it will focus on how the South
West can not only recognise and be realistic
about the challenges that sustainable energy businesses are facing, but also
how we can look ahead beyond the recession and focus on powering up for
growth.


Bath


Email: admin@regensw.co.uk or 01392 494 399


http://regensw.eventhq.co.uk/renewable_futures_power_for_growth_and_th
e_south_west_green_energy_awards



HOW WILL CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT
PEOPLE IN THE UK AND HOW
CAN WE BEST DEVELOP AN EQUITABLE RESPONSE?


30 November 2009


London


How will climate change affect people in the UK and how can we best
develop an equitable response?

This ERSC seminar will inform ideas about future research fun
ding
opportunities through the Living with Environmental Change and other
research programmes. It will build on existing research being commissioned
by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the social justice implications of
climate change.

http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/about/CI/events/esrcse
minar/climatechange.aspx



ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE

14 December 2009

Institute of Enviro
nmental Management and Assessment

Following the release of IEMA's Practitioner entitled Adapting to Climate
Change, produced in association with the UK Climate Impacts Programme
(UKCIP), this one day workshop will help delegates explore what climate
change

adaptation might mean for their organisations and subsequently
establish an action plan to use.

London


For further details, contact: 01522 540 069