more ways to support zero carbon britain 2030

It’s been a great week so far being the CAT face in facebook and I have enjoyed sharing the zero carbon road trip with you- we will be tweeting from the climate change demo in London but none of us has an iphone- so no facebook updates until its over and we can get the pictures on line- follow us on twitter @centre_alt_tech

Remember there are loads of things you can do online to support the zero carbon Britain by 2030 project

– Change your profile picture to the zcb2030 logo

-Sign on to our statement of support here

-Download and send a copy of the zerocarbonbritain 2030 report to the people you think should read it- theyworkforyou has links to all MP’s/MEP’s etc

Taking Action for a Zero Carbon Britain 2030

by Paul Allen

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This Saturday thousands of people will join together in London to call for a zerocarbonbritain by 2030- I will be speaking at the rally echoing calls of many others that the time to act is now- the planet can’t wait any longer. If you can’t make it London and join us on behind the zerocarbon britain 2030 banner than please support us online. Change your facebook status to the zerocarbonbritain logo and join  for the weekend and take online action to  say to all that the science says we must, the technology says we can, it’s time to say we will.

March on Parliament for a Zero Carbon Britain
Saturday December 4th

Time table of Events
National Climate March 2010
Start: 04 Dec 2010,
Where: Central London

Part of a Global Day of Action on climate on the Saturday midway through the UN Climate Talks in Cancún, Mexico.

Challenge the government to take the action we need to meet the climate threat.
12 noon: Assemble at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park.

For coaches and transport to the demo from your locality check e-mail

10.30 am Protest Bike ride assembles at Lincoln’s Inn Fields – to join the main protest at Hyde Park later. See here for further details and route map.

11.00 am Climate Service at the Church of the Annunciation, Bryanston Street, W1H 7AH organised by Christian Ecology Link, see here.

12.00 noon Assemble on North Carriage Drive (just west of Speaker’s Corner), Hyde Park (Marble Arch tube)

12.00 – 1.00 pm Help us spell out a message for Zero Carbon by 2030 – with hundreds of people in a photo taken from above in Hyde Park. Get there by 12 noon prompt to ensure your place in the photo and to give us time to get the best photo! See further here.

Zero Carbon March to Parliament
via Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall.

2.30 pm: Climate Emergency Rally outside Parliament. Speakers to include Caroline Lucas MP (leader, Green Party), John McDonnell MP (Labour), Michael Meacher MP (Labour), Andy Atkins (Director, Friends of the Earth), Maria Souviron (Bolivian ambassador), Paul Allen (Centre for Alternative Technology, zerocarbonBritain2030 report), Tony Kearns (assistant Gen Sec, Communication Workers Union), Ben Brangwyn (co-founder Transition Towns), John Stewart (chair, AirportWatch), Sophie Allain (Ratcliffe 20, Climate Camp).
Tea, coffee, soup etc. will be served by the Brixton Tea Party.

5.00 pm: Afterparty at The Enterprise Pub, Red Lion Street, Holborn. See here for more details.
The failure of the international Talks in Copenhagen doesn’t mean the threat of catastrophic Climate Change has got any less grave or less urgent. Don’t let them think last year’s big climate demo was just a ‘one-off wonder’. Tell them we need urgent action NOW and take to government a message and vision for a Zero Carbon Britain that won’t just stop with this demo but that we can build on afterwards.

And remember building a Zero Carbon Britain means Climate Jobs Now: we have a positive vision not only for addressing the global threat of climate catastrophe but also for the economic crisis.

March with us for…
Climate Action and Climate Justice….

my zcb road trip in sub zero temperatures

Tuesday 30th November 10am

Despite the snow and ice I have just had confirmation by phone that the weeks travels are going ahead. I am now about to embark the first leg of my journey, from Machynlleth to Cardiff to attend the first meeting of Science Advisory Council for Wales

Machynlleth train station
Machynlleth train station

The role of the Council is to advise the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales and through him the First Minister and the Welsh Assembly Government, on a broad range of scientific issues and policies that will help address the challenges Wales faces, support the economy and improve quality of life.

This brief crosses very closely our work at . Through our Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report, we have attempted to identify our key challenges and to develop a numerical scenario for how we can meet them, using a wide deployment of currently mature energy technologies. CAT is also committed to public engagement in the science of sustainability, helping many people young and old see that studying the core science, technology engineering and mathematics subjects need not to be at odds with our desires to protect the environment, in fact they are essential to achieve it.

Meeting Professor John Harries ( Head of Scientific Advisory Council) at CAT last week
Meeting Professor John Harries ( Head of Scientific Advisory Council) at CAT last week

Tuesday 30th November 2pm

Arrived in Cardiff and am spending a little time reading over all the relevant papers in advance of my two day meeting. I am pleased to see that a ‘low-carbon Wales’ features as a key priority in both the economic and academic strategies. The question is how can this be turned into action on the ground, and at what pace. The events unfolding around me as I travel re-enforce the need for urgency. This week, world leaders are heading for the next round of the UN climate negotiations in Cancun. Unless long industrialised nations can set real lead in moving away from fossil fuels, the majority world countries will be unable to sign up to the international agreement we so urgently need.

In addition, this really cold weather reminds me just how dependent we have become on abundant cheap fossil fuels. During the cold snap in January this year UK oil and gas consumption reached an all time high. Yet our North Sea oil production reached its peak in 1999 and is now in terminal decline. If we have a cold snap in 2020 or 2030 the North Sea reserves will be all but gone and we will be dependant on imports from far away places like Qatar, the former Soviet Union and Algeria. Due to the impending global peak in fossil fuel production, this cannot offer a reliable long-term solution.