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Climate Change

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.

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 have an active Climate Action working group and we welcome anyone who would like to work with us (email climate@oxfoe.co.uk).

Our current work includes:

  • Our ‘Fast Forward Oxfordshire’ project – now published – www.oxfoe.co.uk/fastforward/
  • Our Climate Action conference on May 4th brought together over 130 people. A report is on its way. You can download presentations here from
    • Craig Simmons on ‘Getting to Net Zero in Oxford’ – Net Zero Craig Simmons
    • Prof. Nick Eyre on ‘The Climate Change’ – a very good introduction / summary of the problems and the actions needed: Nick Eyre presentation May 4th pdf
      These presentation are in PDF format – contact us if you would like powerpoint versions.
  • Oxford Together on Climate Change – our new approach to encouraging indivdual action. We’ve got ideas on how you can act on any of six key issues. We’re aiming to get as many people as possible across Oxfordshire making changes in their own lives.
  • Lobbying our councils to deliver real change and lobbying our MPs to push harder for Government action
  • Oxfordshire Climate Action Network – we set this network up to enable better cooperation between groups

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.