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Fracking In Balcombe

 

On 23rd July after months of applications, audits and public opposition Cuadrilla started moving their drilling equipment onto the Balcombe site, with the aim of starting exploratory drilling starting on Saturday 27th July. But the Balcombe residents aren't going to stop fighting.

 

Switch to Good Energy: How Divestment Can Help the Climate

Last week Campaign against Climate Change agreed partnership with Good Energy. For every individual who switches to Good Energy quoting Campaign against Climate Change £25 is donated from Good Energy to Campaign against Climate Change and £25 is given to you!

Making the energy switch you can be finally safe in the knowledge that your energy comes from Cornish sunshine, Scottish wind and Welsh rain rather than dirty climate destroying fossil fuels proffered by the Big Six Energy companies.

Good Energy is 100% certified renewables.

Not only that, but you can also help to fund Campaign against Climate Change without dipping into your own pocket! 

Divestment is the best tool we have against massive corporations that continually ravage our planet. As we are all well aware, the power of large corporations extends well beyond their relevant markets and into Government policy and has direct control over our quality of life - through our fuel bills.

We cannot have a conversation with the Big Six Energy companies about unjust practice or environmental responsibilty - it is simply not in their interest and directly contradicts their commitment to their shareholders to pursue profit regardless of any other factors.

The only weakness of the energy corporation giants that we can use, to make the playing field level rather than a David and Goliath scenario, is the soft underbelly of their need for demand and public reputation.

This belly is large and protudes out of their armour of vast sums of our money,  which is strengthened by the galavanised steel of corporate lawyers and in-house legal departments. The simple fact is, without us they are nothing.

Divestment, means taking back control of our energy, our climate and lives. If we all choose to move to Good Energy, then not only do we put ourselves in a position that reestablishes our power as a consumer but also means that we know that our energy is coming from a truly renewable source (unlike Biomass).

Take Action: Make the switch.

Palm oil - take action on this burning issue

 

(See Greenpeace blog for original photos)

Fires have been raging across Indonesia in recent weeks. We don't know exactly who started them, but we know that palm oil and paper companies have created the perfect conditions for them to flourish. Peatland is normally waterlogged and therefore very hard to ignite. But these companies have been draining Sumatra's peatlands to make way for plantations. When dry, peat is a perfect fuel and very hard to extinguish. But the destruction of habitat for endangered species, human harm and massive release of carbon dioxide caused by these fires is only the latest stage in the ongoing forest devastation by palm oil companies.

There are three campaigns that need support right now - take action today:

MEPs vote on biofuels 10 July

Campaign to stop palm oil burning in Battersea power station - public meeting 10 July

Stop Herakles plantation in Cameroon

More about palm oil and deforestation

Palm oil plantations are the main driver for deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 86 percent of global production of palm oil. Palm oil is found in many food products, toiletries and cosmetics. It is also burned as a fuel - for transport and for electricity generation.

The rainforests and peatlands of Indonesia and other tropical countries hold tremendous terrestrial carbon stocks, which are lost to the atmosphere when land is cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. This deforestation has made Indonesia the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China. Burning palm oil causes more greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels once the direct and indirect impacts on forests and peatlands are taken into account. The plantations also threaten species such as the orang utan with extinction and have been linked to forced displacement and human rights violations.

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