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Taking action on the climate crisis

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

It has never been clearer – we need to act urgently to tackle climate change. That means action by governments, by businesses, by councils and by all of us. We need clear plans and strong solutions.

April 2022: Tackling the ‘energy crisis’ locally: what do we do?

We’re in the midst of a major gas crisis. The cost of energy to heat and power our homes is skyrocketing, pushing millions more people into hardship. At the same time fossil fuel companies announce record profits. It’s unjust and unfair, and we can’t let it stand. We need to act at a national level as well as locally.

As a flrst step we need to counter misleading messages and bring together practical action to help people cut their bills with political action that can save energy, save money and cut carbon. There are actions that the government must take, and there is work that we can do to make that happen. Read our briefing note here: 

https://www.oxfoe.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Tackling-the-energy-crisis-in-2022.docx

Climate Action across Oxfordshire

Oxford Friends of the Earth has been acting on climate change for over a decade. We have organised and run many events, lobbied our MPs and councillors, and worked to build local engagement. We welcome anyone who would like to work with us (email climate@oxfoe.co.uk).   You can sign up to our free monthly mailing by clicking here: 

Our current work includes:

What needs to happen?

If we are to limit global warming to 1.5°C we need urgent action to achieve Zero Carbon (Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions) or ‘Carbon Neutrality’ in the UK. The economic costs and benefits of tackling climate change far outweigh the costs of failing to do so.

For starters there are five things the government must do to make the UK carbon neutral:

1. Phase out polluting cars by 2030

2. Generate eight time more renewable electricity than we do at present

3. Shift from natural gas in heating

4. Double tree cover

5. Halve food waste by 2030

For more information read here.

This requires national action across all sectors, with commitment from government, business and society to a radical transformation of the economy. Many cities, towns and counties are setting ‘carbon neutral’ goals. These will also need big changes if they are to deliver on that target but it is not yet clear how those changes will happen, or what the priorities should be for local action.

The push for rapid change is likely to come from civil society – from local people and organisations who understand the need for change. If we are to have the greatest possible impact we need to be well-organised and clear on how we push for change.