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NE-CAP’s Annual Review (& AGM), 16th April

NE-CAP’s Annual Review (& AGM) – Monday 16th April, 5.30 for 6.00-7.30pm.

Will include a brief introduction to Jubilee Debt Campaign’s superb new work on ‘Healthcare Debt’ by Ben Young, JDC Board Member and former Co-Director of Jubilee Scotland.

Our Annual Review/Social/AGM will again be in the Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, an excellent venue on the ground floor of Newcastle University’s Agriculture Building.

You are most warmly invited to our Annual Review of a truly great campaigning year, at which the AGM formalities will, as usual, be reduced to the merest whisker! Please join us to meet the Committee and other campaigners, and have your say. Tea/coffee/juice will be served from 5.30pm, and the meeting will finish by 7.30pm at the latest.

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Open Energy Forum, 12th April

Admission is free and open to all, but to be sure of a seat, please book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-energy-forum-tickets-43505589389

Join leading commentators as they give an overview at a ‘popular’ level; Thursday 12th April, 5.30pm for refreshments; 6.00pm start; finish by 7.30pm.

Venue: Clement Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU.

Brief presentations on:

a) The state of the climate and what the body of research is saying (Dr David Golding CBE);

b) The current UK power picture and what needs to be done (Professor Phil Taylor);

c) The transition of over 30m vehicles off fossil fuels and what that means (Dr Colin Herron).

Opportunity for questions, discussion and dissent!

All proceeds from this event will be donated to a project Dr Colin Herron is supporting which will see solar panels being installed on the roof of a looked-after children’s house being constructed in Bogota, Columbia. Colin will be travelling to Bogota and will be helping to build the house in July.

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“Scientists have crucial role in sounding the possible death knell for coal in the UK

News Release:

• On Friday 23rd March 2018, the Government rejected an application to create a new coal mine near Druridge Bay, Northumberland, mainly on the basis of its impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

• This is an astonishing development, since it involved overturning the recommendation of the Government’s own Inspector, appointed to conduct a Public Inquiry into the proposal!

• Opponents of the proposal, who included believing scientists and Christian campaigners, have reason to celebrate – provisionally, since the mining company has until 4th May to lodge an appeal against the decision, so all celebrations are ‘on hold’ for the time being!

• This outcome may well set a precedent and sound the death knell for this “most polluting of all fuels” in the UK, with reverberations elsewhere.

A ferocious battle has been raging over the past couple of years over the application by HJ Banks & Co Ltd to create a new opencast coal mine at Highthorn, Northumberland, near the beauty spot, Druridge Bay. It pitched the company and council on one side of the argument, against local residents, conservationists (Bill Oddie described the scheme as a ‘desecration’) backed by an 11,000-strong petition, climate campaigners and world-renowned scientists on the other. As one of the latter, Professor Sir John Houghton FRS, put it: “Coal is the most polluting of all fuels”.

Since the Minister made his dramatic decision mainly on the basis of the damaging impacts of the mine on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, this outcome may well set a precedent and sound the death knell for this “most polluting of all fuels” in the UK, with reverberations elsewhere. ‘Creation Carers’ are hoping and praying that it will be so: as Dr Golding puts it, “we simply cannot go on treating the atmosphere as an open sewer into which we can pour our pollution!”

To read on, click here!

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‘Show the Love’, 7th February, 2018

Following the February Committee Meeting of North East CALL TO ACTION, at which members were photographed holding up the Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ green hearts, David Golding wrote to Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle Central, as follows –

Dear Chi,

As members of the Central Newcastle-based NE-CAP Committee and supporters of the national Climate Coalition, we invite you to wear the Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ green heart at Prime Minister’s Question Time, tomorrow (Wednesday 7th February).

I enclose a couple of the hearts and hope you will peel one and wear it – prominently!

With every good wish,

David

Dr David Golding CBE

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Great North Run Team for ‘Action on Global Poverty & Climate Change’

Entering the Ballot for the Great North Run

Ballot closes 12 noon, Monday 5th February 2018

[Probably a good idea to print out these guidelines before you start.]

• Have your credit or debit card handy – the money won’t be taken unless you’re successful in the ballot.

• Go to http://www.greatrun.org/great-north-run; scroll down and click on the green ‘Enter’ button.

• Register a new ID if you’re a first-timer (e.g., use your email address as your Username and fix on a Password you won’t forget), or login using your previous username and password if you’re an old hand.

• Most of it is straightforward, but where it asks “Do you want to run for SimplyHealth’s nominated charity, Mind?”, click “No” – and make sure it stays on that!

• You can either ignore the question which asks whether you want to run for a charity in the Great North Run, or scroll down the list provided and click on “Other”.

You will be running for several charities, and the team’s sponsor is Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC), a bona fide, registered charitable trust, but this isn’t one of the small number of mega-charities which are shown in the list provided. JDC is one of the hundreds of small charities registered with GNR which are not shown.

• You’ll be offered entrance to several other runs (at a price), but you may wish to click on “No” to those.

• “Where did you hear about the Great North Run?” – click on “Other” – you could put “University email” in the box which follows.

• Great North Run Events and Services – you’ll probably want to click “I DO NOT WANT…” for this.

• Great North Run Partner Events and Services – click “I DO NOT WANT…”, unless you want a lot of advertising.

• Continue down and provide your credit/debit card details to complete your application.

LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY YOU’VE ENTERED!

Please get in touch if you encounter any problems!

When GNR notify you of the outcome, please let me know immediately, whatever it is. If you’re unsuccessful, you’ll have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price (£55).

Dr David Golding CBE (Team Manager)

Email, david.golding@ncl.ac.uk;

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Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative

Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative for…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Action on Climate Change’!

The Great North Run, Sunday 9th September 2018

BALLOT FOR PLACES NOW OPEN!

Get guidelines for entering from david.golding@ncl.ac.uk

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part… Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

“A credit to our institution. I commend it” (Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

“This is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians)

Generous concessions are available to students!

No deductions for ‘expenses’!

ENTERING THE BALLOT AND JOINING THE TEAM:

• Save yourself a lot of grief by letting the ‘Team Manager’ know you’re interested and getting his guidelines for entering the ballot – david.golding@ncl.ac.uk;

• Enter the ballot, following the guidelines provided by the Manager – and let him know you’ve done so;

• If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let the Manager know immediately. You’ll have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price.

Team doing a Usain Bolt

The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2018, it’s scheduled for Sunday 9th September, two weeks before the start of term at Newcastle University.

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and to support action on the horrendous humanitarian crises currently in the news. Each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

Raquel and Kristianne at the Finish

A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience. “Hand on heart, I have to say that the support given by Dr Golding is an inspiration to everyone ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

For further information about the team and the agencies it supports, click here.

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Newcastle University’s Nationally Acclaimed Great North Run Initiative

Newcastle University’s nationally acclaimed Great North Run initiative for…

‘Action on Global Poverty and Action on Climate Change’!

“A credit to our institution. I commend it” (Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor)

“One of the most amazing experiences of my life and it was an honour to take part…

Your work is invaluable – please keep up your efforts.” (David Chambers, BSc Engineering)

“A huge thank you for your wonderful support… We’re so grateful… Fantastic! … Good luck to everyone taking part!” (Lucy Moulsdale, Save the Children)

“This is the sort of intelligently compassionate response I applaud.” (Professor Sir George Alberti, former Dean of Medicine at Newcastle, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians)

Generous concessions are available to students!

No deductions for ‘expenses’!

Joining the Team:

• Let the ‘Team Manager’ know you’re interested – david.golding@ncl.ac.uk;

• Doc G. will then give you a ‘heads up’ when the General Ballot for places opens later this month, and give you some tips for entering it;

• Enter the ballot when it opens, following the guidelines provided by the Manager – and let him know you’ve done so;

• If you’re unlucky in the ballot, let the Manager know immediately. You’ll have a high priority for one of the team’s 25 ‘charity places’, at the same price.

Team doing a Usain Bolt


The Great North Run is the greatest mass-participation sporting event in the world and over a million people have taken part in it. Each year, it’s covered extensively on BBC 2. It’s a ‘Run’, not a ‘Race’, and anyone in reasonable health who’s prepared to take the training seriously can complete it and enjoy doing so. For 2018, it’s scheduled for Sunday 9th September, two weeks before the start of term at Newcastle University.

Our nationally acclaimed ‘University Team’ raises awareness and funds for what are surely the two greatest challenges facing the human race – namely, global poverty and climate change – and to support action on the horrendous humanitarian crises currently in the news. Each team member has a wide choice as to which agency should receive a substantial proportion of the funds they raise.

Raquel and Kristianne at the Finish


A training seminar and a social, at which technical know-how and experience is shared, instil a sense of community and purpose; help with fundraising is varied and imaginative; and team photo’s before the Run and individual ones at the Finish provide great mementos of a wonderful experience. “Hand on heart, I have to say that [the support given by] Dr Golding is an inspiration to everyone ready to follow into the challenge of the Great North Run” (Professor David Leat, Team Captain).

For further information, click here.

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“I urge you all to work together – an appeal for the voiceless”

This document was submitted verbally and in writing on to the Public Inquiry, 31st May – 21st June, set up by the Government into the proposal to create a new opencast coal mine at Highthorn, Northumberland. It was a contribution to the ‘Save Druridge’ campaign.

“I urge you all to work together – an appeal for the voiceless”

Submission to Public Inquiry into proposed surface mine at Highthorn, May/June 2017

David W. Golding CBE PhD DSc DCL

More than a decade ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu urged us all “to work together to find sustainable solutions to avert a catastrophe that will exacerbate human suffering to a magnitude that perhaps the world has not yet seen.” The ‘catastrophe’ to which we was referring was that threatened by climate change…

Archbishop Tutu referred to ‘human suffering’, and rarely has the suffering of the world’s poor been more strikingly portrayed than by the image of Tamirat Abayie and his daughter Zewdie, in the year 2000.

“Zewdie Abayie’s eyes were swollen shut through malnutrition and her delicate skin was no longer able to mask the skeleton beneath. Brushing away flies from her face with a small twig, the little girl stood quietly as, in 2000, her father explained how three years of crop failure in Ethiopia had left his family facing starvation. Pitiably, she attempted a smile for the cameraman.” (Adapted from text by Keith Ewing; image, courtesy Jim Loring, Tearfund)

Zewdie Abayie attempts a smile for the cameraman

[I interrupted my formal verbal presentation at this point and turning first to the Inspector and then to the representatives of Banks Mining and the County Council, said, “I hope that you, Sir, and all the parties to this Inquiry, will forgive me if I ask you to look carefully at the image of this poor little girl and ponder upon it well in the future, as I have done ever since I first saw it”.]

I am aware that concern for human suffering is not been restricted to faith leaders such as Archbishop Tutu and our aid agencies. However, it came like a bolt from the blue when, after I retired from my salaried academic post at the end of 2005, I read the text of a letter from Lord Robert May, then President of the Royal Society, Britain’s National Academy of Sciences, to the G8 leaders, which stated that… to continue, click here.

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Jubilee Debt Campaign comes to Newcastle!

DEBT & ECONOMICS WORKSHOP IN NEWCASTLE, 20th MAY

11am-5.00pm, Saturday 20th May,
Studio A, Newcastle Arts Centre
67 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SG

There’s still time for you to sign up!

We’ve often supported them (indeed, that’s how we got started, back in 1997), but now we’ve prevailed upon them to come to the North East! And remember, almost all our financial support is provided by JDC; they sponsor both our headline-grabbing ‘Jubilee Development Lectures’ at Newcastle University, and our nationally acclaimed team in the Great North Run (now in its 15th year!).

This will be a fun, informative day, quite different from any of our other events, and will bring you up to scratch with debt in 2017 and enable you to meet others who care about debt and economic justice.

TO REGISTER to attend, either go to
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/debt-economics-education-for-action-tickets-33574765026

OR email Clare at JDC (clare@jubileedebt.org.uk), OR email me, David (d.w.golding@talk21.com).

Further information below:
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DEBT & ECONOMICS WORKSHOP IN NEWCASTLE

Inequality and debt are on the rise – eight men now own as much wealth as half the world’s population. The debt payments of impoverished countries are increasing rapidly and are at the highest level for a decade. Closer to home, PFI debt is having a huge impact on NHS finances and students leaving UK universities now face higher average debts than American students, with the average student graduating with more than £44,000 debt.

This spring, join Jubilee Debt Campaign for an interactive, informative, educational day-long workshop looking at how debt and economics are impacting people around the world in 2017.
• Discuss whether debts should always be paid and understand more about the historical and current connections between debt and inequality.
• Learn about why Ghana’s debt is higher now than it was in 2005 – even after a large write-off – and how NHS debt is linked to global south debt through Public Private Partnerships.
• Importantly, come and hear about debt resistance, positive alternatives and how you can be a part of a global and national movement for debt justice!

This day-long workshop is totally FREE and is part of a series taking place in cities across the UK, to be delivered by debt expert and facilitator Fanny Malinen.

There will be a one-hour lunchbreak, and smaller breaks during the day.

If you have any accessibility needs you would like to discuss please get in touch. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

REMINDER: You need to register to attend – see front page.
Dr David Golding CBE
Development Coordinator for NE-CAP,
& Founder Member of the Board of Trustees of JDC

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Women’s Fairtrade Experiences in Palestine and India

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 5.30pm

Cory Room, Sport Central, Northumbria University

Northumbria University and the Co-operative College invite you to find out how Fairtrade and co-operative production empowers women in Palestine and India, at a special event for International Women’s Day.

For a flyer, click here.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Northumbria University will be hosting two visitors from Zaytoun, a community interest company which finds a market place for Palestinian produce in the UK. Our visitors produce organic and Fairtrade olive oil and almonds, as well as large grain couscous maftoul and spice mix za’atar.

We will also be hosting Veena Nabar who has made a short film about co-operatives and coconut production in the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In addition to hearing about their work there will be chance to sample a wide range of Fairtrade products, network and to ask questions to our speakers more informally.

Admission free, but please book online at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-fairtrade-experiences-tickets-31677707877

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