Global Climate Strike in week when ex government’s chief science adviser says he’s ‘scared’ by the pace of climate change

The Global Climate Strike proposed by Greta Thunberg is upon us- this Friday. Adults as well as school pupils were called upon to take part, to gather with others and raise our voices. Greta has said that the situation is so serious that we need to feel panic not concern and the strike comes in a week when Prof Sir David King, ex-chief scientific advisor has written about ‘being scared’ at what he sees happening in terms of climate change.
There will be gatherings on Friday in Cambridge and Norwich and a local one, called by Extinction Rebellion outside Boots on King’s Lynn High Street, 1-3pm. Please bring placards and friends if you can.

In the evening the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club and the Trades Council are putting on a free showing of the film The Age of Stupid* at Marriott’s Warehouse (top floor) at 7pm.
It’s a great film to invite others to. There will be a speaker before the film – Harry from the UK Students Climate Network. We have asked if we can have a shared table with XR so people can get advice at the end about what they can do personally. We have flyers to give out but need a couple of people to run it. (It’s a special family birthday so I can’t be there.) I’m guessing that even slipping in at 8.30 would work… PLEASE CAN YOU HELP? Please email or text me 07914454816.

Much needed meeting: Monday October 7th at 7.15pm in the barn at the Friends Meeting House Bridge Street, PE30 5AB.
We need to work on planning the workshop with councillors, council officers and a wide section of the community around the issue of climate change and the Local Plan.
Help also needed researching a large scale tree planting project which the churches may well show interest in. Please come!

Earth Day event Saturday 20th April plus addressing our borough council

Please spread the word!

Our press release:

The fourth annual free Earth Day event in St Nicholas Chapel on the Saturday of Easter weekend, 20th April, is both the same and different. This year it is in the middle of the day, 12 noon to 3pm, to draw in Saturday shoppers. There will be an outpost in Broad Street in the centre of town with a penguin and a polar bear. Species under Threat and Climate Change are this year’s twin themes. The event will again feature informative displays and short films, a children’s art competition, refreshments and the ever popular smoothie-making bicycle (plus this year, a free Easter egg hunt!) As usual a range of local groups will be represented, including the Soroptimists and the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group. The event’s organisers, King’s Lynn Climate Concern (KLimate Concern) see local collaboration as vital in the very serious situation that faces our planet and the next generation.

As local councils across the country, including Suffolk County Council and North Norfolk, declare climate emergencies, KLimate Concern is pressing the borough council at the April 11th full council session to work with them and show a real sense of urgency in setting up a Climate Change Liaison Partnership. This is something the borough council had committed to previously.

Daphne Sampson of the KLimate Concern group urges, ‘We absolutely can’t delay any longer. We have a lot of concerned and skilled people in our community. The Tomorrow’s Norfolk, Today’s Challenge report talked about drawing together representatives from industry, transport, retail and education – and that includes pupils, including those involved in the school strikes- to work with councillors to address the challenge of moving to a low carbon economy. I would add others to that list, including representatives of our excellent local environmental groups like the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and of faith communities.

‘We can give people guidance on cutting their personal carbon footprint but in this situation that is not enough by itself. We have to work through local and national government too if we want to be able to continue to celebrate our planet.’

Climate Change for once makes top story – UN report- 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe

Overwhelmed by climate change (or know others who are)? Here’s what you can do
From campaigning to installing insulation and solar panels, some practical steps you can take to help avoid climate breakdown

UN report: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe.

The report talks about the enormous amount that needs to be done at governmental level. But it doesn’t downplay the choices made by individuals. Along with choices about transport, diet, re-use as well as recycling, there is our choice to raise our voices to our politicians. It’s far too easy for them to believe few people are really concerned about the issue.

Our group has been too quiet over a summer when unusual weather might have might made some people more ready to listen. We did combine with the Norwich based Climate Hope Action in Norfolk (CHAIN) to email all our local politicians individually asking what they were doing about climate change. Response has been thin- and CHAIN are giving it a second try before talking to the press.

The things we all can do include the old ‘REDUCE, RECYCLE AND REUSE’. Repair cafes have sprung up- Of course we need more but there’s as great one at Stoke Ferry:Sat 13th October 10am -2pm All Saints Church, bike, electrical and clothing repairs amongst others.

Best ever Earth Day event!

We think it really was the best Earth Day event we’ve run- thanks to so many people- all the groups with displays from The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham to King’s Lynn Civic Society, from the College of West Anglia to the Quakers. There was exciting art with a Groundwork Gallery/4Transform Waste Transformed project, and Karen Whiterod with the wire Nest of Hope made in King’s Lynn last summer plus Highgate, Reffley and St Edmund’s Academies with splendid posters and junk models. St Martha’s school choir gave great pleasure and it was encouraging to see people’s pledges of new actions to help care for the Earth covering our pledge tree!

Best ever King’s Lynn Earth Day event!

Saturday April 21st 4.30-7.00pm St Nicholas Chapel PE30 1NH

For the 3rd year running we are holding an informal drop-in event, both informative and enjoyable, to celebrate International Earth Day, at St Nicholas Chapel. There will be displays from a wide range groups taking part (Norfolk Wildlife Trust, beekeepers, political parties, Gaywood Valley Conservation Trust, the Civic Society among others), free food, art- linked to the themes of waste and climate change, music, activities to involve children and a bar.

‘Recycling can sometimes be confusing for people’, says Bob Brady, an active member of our group with a background in plastics science, whose wife is running an entertaining rubbish sorting game at the event. ‘We need to encourage people to see waste, not as waste but as a valuable resource that could potentially create new products. Unless we put all our efforts into tackling environmental problems, things will be far, far worse for our grandchildren.’

Another fun activity will promote pedal power in a light-hearted way, making smoothies by pedalling a bike!

Earth Day started in the USA in 1970, when a huge gathering in Washington seems to have persuaded an unlikely president, Richard Nixon, to back a whole raft of environmental legislation. This year the international theme is ‘Cut Plastic Pollution’, one that clearly resonates with many many people, particularly after viewing the David Attenborough ‘Blue Planet 2’ scenes of ocean pollution.

Our group has remained focused, above all, on the single environmental issue of climate change. It seems to us- and to scientists around the world- that this is an even more serious, though much less visible issue than plastic pollution. But Earth Day gives a really great opportunity for us to bring together lots of groups with environmental concerns, at the very time that the public’s response to the plastic pollution issue gives real encouragement that people power can make a difference.

Fossil fuel subsidies pay the polluter instead of making the polluter pay!

All of us are becoming increasingly aware of respiratory and heart disease from polluting emissions.

Now health campaigners say the energy policies of the world’s richest countries are inflicting a double burden on their citizens, not only using their taxes to pay fossil fuel subsidies, but also loading huge health costs on them.

The Health and Environment Alliance, HEAL report says that although fossil fuel combustion causes deadly air pollution and climate change, virtually all governments spend vast sums of public money – their citizens’ taxes – on supporting the oil, gas and coal industry in fossil fuel energy production.

The G20 agreed in 2009 to phase out the subsidies, but HEAL says that on average, in countries belonging to the bloc, the health costs associated with fossil fuels are far greater than the subsidies: US$2,758bn against $444bn. How big are our subsidies? 

This infographic doesn’t show the direct effect of pollutants from burning fossil fuels but looking just at climate change in itself, there is much food for thought. 

World has three years left to stop dangerous climate change, warn experts

On Saturday some of us will be writing messages on Climate Change in a metalwork art workshop with Norfolk artist, Karen Whiterod, entitled Hope Calling. There are still a few places. I think my personal message has to be something about the urgency expressed in the letter this week from Christina Figueres, former UN Climate chief and other experts: County Council have helped fund the workshops and the messages will be used to create a photobook to be presented to local MPS.

Trump’s appalling withdrawal from Paris just may have one positive- galvanising enough others to fight climate change actively.

The response from many US cities, states and businesses was encouraging. We need to keep working.

The Leonardo DiCaprio documentary, Before the Flood, remains a good tool. (DiCaprio gave a copy to Ivanka just after the election. It may have affected her attitude.) Invite friends and family round to watch it! Get in touch if you want help setting it up.

After a very busy few months the group has a chance to look ahead. Do send thoughts for our meeting on Monday 12th June (Friends Meeting House barn at 7.30pm) if you can’t come.

Climate Change and Sea level -useful websites from Alex Kirby

An interesting meeting. Well attended.  Thank you to those who came.

Environment Agency – What’s in Your Backyard?

Flood map for planning –

Climate change tools to support local flood risk management strategies –

Wash East Coast Management Strategy – Public Consultation


Association of British Insurers – Flooding


UK Committee on Climate Change

7 December 2015 –



UK Climate Projections, Met Office:


Met Office: Extreme weather, 1990 to 2016

(Shows rainfall, flooding, extreme temperatures &c)


Skeptical Science

( a US site focussed on “Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism”]


Emissions limit “is 20 years away”


C40 Cities (megacities)


UKCIP [UK Climate Impacts Programme: with Case studies and Exchanging knowledge & ideas]


Transition Network [transition towns]


The Ecologist magazine [Top 10 . . . greenest UK cities]