Monthly Archives: April 2018

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!”

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