Climate Change and Coronavirus
- COVID-19 is not a silver lining for the climate, says UN Environment chief
- BBC: Climate change and Covid-19: Five charts that explain the impacts
- The Guardian: ‘The parallels between coronavirus and climate crisis are obvious’: Environmental journalist Emily Atkin hopes public pressure over the pandemic will be a model for forcing governments to act
- Financial Times: How coronavirus stalled climate change momentum. Emissions have fallen but the pandemic will hit policy commitments as nations look to kick-start their economies
Take action from your home:
- Greenpeace petition: Now is the time to protect people and invest in our future. The government’s first priority should be to protect the vulnerable among us – those most at risk from COVID-19, and those already suffering from the financial impact of the crisis. And then they must protect our future.
- Looking at different ways people can compost
- Free information service about suistainability and suistainable living
- Tips and how to plant seeds to grow your own – could be a good activity to try at home!
Climate Change & MK Council
MK Youth Cabinet have been voicing how the youth of MK are not happy with the current state of our planet – listen to this powerful video made by them and calls for us to all pledge what we will do to save #OurPlanetOurHome – Make your pledges now, there’s no time to wait.
What will you do?
MK Council Task and Finish Group:
We submitted a report that complied the views, worries and opinions of residents across MK who had responded to our Climate Change Survey this was invaluable insight into what action people want to see taken as well as how they are being impacted now and worry they might be in the future. You can take a look at our report here. We want to thank all of those who participated.
At the beginning of March the council finished gathering insight from a range of organisations who had fed into the Task and Finish group. These groups provided evidence, ideas and plans relating to Milton Keynes becoming greener and achieving MKC goals of being carbon neutral. You can look at the evidence from those who participated in the Council’s Task and Finish group here.
MK Councils 2019-2050 Sustainable Strategy. This explores various priorities and considerations that need to be taken to achieve Milton Keynes aim of being the ‘Greenest City’. The community has a vital role to play in terms of this agenda. Through supporting and participating in aims, as well as holding the Council to account in terms of moving towards greener objectives and prioritising sustainability.
- March 2020 update: The Sustainability Conference report
- Visual summaries of the Conference proceedings courtesy of Drawnalism
Learn about climate change and the climate emergency
Key Principles of Climate Change
Learn about the science of climate change, the risks it poses and how human activity is changing our world.
World Scientists declare climate emergency
“The best news is that there is still time for people, policy makers and the business community to make the necessary changes to ensure that future generations can enjoy living on planet earth, our only home”.
What can you do?
Investigate how you could make changes…
- The Gigantic Change – Your guide to taking action on climate change
- WWF – 10 things you can do
- The Guardian – 50 easy ways to save the planet
- DW – 8 Ways you can help the environment in 2020
- Earth Day – 12 New Year’s Resolutions
- – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – get your recycling right by taking a look at MK council’s guide of what goes where – getting it right means we don’t contaminate recyclable rubbish
- – Travel differently, all different routes and ways to get around MK without the car! https://www.getsmartertravelmk.org/
- – Inform yourself and share with friends and family
Take a look at ‘Facts about Compostable Bags‘. Putting your food waste in the green bin is a great way to help and having compostable bags makes it that bit easier.
Local groups and Organisations
These are some groups that are operating in MK that are looking at reducing the impact we have on the environment. They are happy to talk and share their experience. If you’re ready and curious about making some changes get in touch.
- Transition Town MK – The Transition movement is made up of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build their community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis.
- Friends of the Earth MK – The Milton Keynes Friends of the Earth (FOE) group works to protect the environment by participating in eco-campaigns at the national and international levels, sharing information with others and taking green action locally.
- Conscious Living MK – A local group that is looking to hear, learn and grown from residents input and support each other as you try to make changes, big or small. It is a learning and interactive space to share ideas and know that you can do something to help lessen your impact.
- Extinction Rebellion MK – Is an International movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.
- Wolverton Community Energy – A community benefit society, owned and run by our members. We are working with individuals and businesses in Wolverton and the wider Milton Keynes area to help them become more energy efficient and to reduce the amount of carbon they use.
- Milton Keynes Community Energy – A consortium of community led renewable energy projects sharing resources, knowledge and expertise. The call to meet climate change targets is stark and urgent. Our ambition is to help accelerate the response to these challenges across our city and our communities.