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Tackling climate change: day of action in Stroud

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Stroud Greenpeace and Parents for Future Stroud are supporting a day of action for the Warm This Winter Campaign, tomorrow.

The group will be outside The Sub Rooms at 10.30am-12pm handing out flyers and raising awareness of fuel poverty, the cost-of-living crisis and alternative solutions to oil and gas. Everyone is welcome to come and join in or find out more about the impact this is having on our communities and what steps can be taken to tackle fuel poverty. 

The groups are also acting in solidarity with the global climate strikes and all individuals and organisations who are standing up for climate justice this weekend. They have invited Stroud’s Labour, Green and Conservative candidates along for a chat and have so far heard back from Simon Opher and Pete Kennedy.

This action comes in the wake of the government backtracking on climate and environmental policies in recent months, including the granting of hundreds of new oil and gas licences, a proposed delay in the phase out of gas boilers, and a review of low-traffic neighbourhoods.

Parents for Future is instead calling on the government to stop all new oil and gas licences, including the controversial Rosebank oil field off the Scottish coast, and invest in insulating homes and renewable energy to bring down energy bills at the same time as tackling climate change.

Jo Woolfall, local parent and Co-coordinator of Parents for Future Stroud says:
Many of us in Stroud are still able to navigate the cost of living crisis. But many more are not. The strain is increasing on individuals and families, and on the organisations supporting them. All of this is being impacted by the wider context of systematic and ecological collapse. This weekend we are helping to raise awareness of these issues, and using the influence we have to contribute to change.”

Warm This Winter demands:

Emergency support now

More government help with energy bills to stop people being pushed into poverty this winter. 

Help to upgrade homes

Government funding to help people cut their bills through better insulation and new heating systems.

Access to cheaper energy

Rapidly expand cheap renewable energy, in harmony with nature, to lower bills permanently. 

Free us from oil and gas

Stop opening up new oil and gas developments so we’re not locked into expensive energy for longer than necessary.

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