Climate and Energy

Reduce your ecological footprint

Green footprint

Ecological footprints are a way of working out how much of an impact on the environment we make. How people live their lives affects the amount of resources they use and the levels of pollution that create.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your footprint:

Friends of the Earth analysis of the Cancun Climate Change talks

the globe heating

** Campaign update **

This action is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Thank you to everyone who took action during the talks. You have helped us retain this small lifeline for continued negotiations. We look forward to your continued support before the climate change negotiations in South Africa next year.

Review of Climate Change Science 2010

A review of climate change science written for the Committee on Climate Change in 2010, found that although there is uncertainty around the impacts of a warmer planet, the evidence is strong that we must avoid a two degree rise in global average temperatures.

Small-scale renewable energy

Photovoltaic array on roof

Small-scale generation of solar electricity. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Small-scale renewable energy projects, such as micro-generation schemes using solar-electric and wind power, and community-owned energy schemes qualify for Government support from a feed-in tariff.

Help the Government save energy

Wind turbines on the coast

Next year the coalition Government will set out its plan for in a new Energy Security and Green Economy Bill. This will be a test of its commitment to be the 'greenest government ever'.

The UK was the first country in the world to set itself legal targets to cut climate-changing emissions. But we must take action across the country to save energy if we are going to meet them.

The Big Climate Connection lobby in Cardiff South and Penarth

Alun Michael MP and constituents holding a banner saying climate.

Alun Michael MP being lobbied by his constituents during the Big Climate Connection. Photo: Julian Rosser, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

Get serious about CO2

Workman installing cavity wall insulation

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

The Climate Change Act commits the UK to cut climate change emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Local councils must take action if we are to hit the target. Local councils in Wales control a budget of £4 billion a year. They use this among other things to control:

Tell the Government to strengthen the Green Bank

Green pound

The Government is getting the message: a Green Investment Bank will be critical to the UK's low-carbon future. But the crucial details are still in the balance.

In his Spending Review on 20 October the Chancellor, George Osborne, confirmed the Bank will go ahead - but not fast enough, and not with enough money.

Action other councils have already taken to cut carbon emissions

Clackmannashire Council

In May 2008 Clackmannashire Council started working with Partnership for Renewables (PfR) to develop wind turbines on council-owned land. PfR identified potentially suitable sites owned by the council. The company has signed a contract to construct up to four turbines and will pay for their development, construction and operation. The council will get rent for the land, local residents will share in a community benefits package and each turbine will save more than 2,800 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Nuclear

tug-of-war between ordinary people and nuclear

Cardiff Friends of the Earth Members pull for renewables against nuclear. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

The Government believes that nuclear energy production is a solution to Climate Change. This is a seriously misguided approach.

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