This local group is part of an international movement of school students who take time off school to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. The movement began on August 2018 after Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg protested outside the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) holding a sign “School strike for the climate”. From there it grew to the first global strike on 15th March 2019, with more than 1 million strikers across 125 countries. A second global strike on 24th May 2019 saw 1600 strikes events across 150 countries.
Eastbourne and District Friends of the Earth
Eastbourne & District Friends of the Earth is an official local group of the national Friends of the Earth organisation for the UK. This is an active group co-chaired by environment activists Sally Boys and Andrew Durling. Campaigns are ongoing and far reaching. All are welcome to the monthly meetings held at the Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm.
Want to know how climate friendly your local area is? FOE have done the stats and devised this useful tool (full reports available within):- https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-friendly-communities
https://friendsoftheearth.uk/groups/eastbourne Eastbourne’s Page on the national website.
https://eastbournefriendsoftheearth.wordpress.com/ Eastbourne’s website/blog.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/299682143498442/ Facebook Group.
Eastbourne Extinction Rebellion
This local group is part of the UK and global movement that uses civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action to compel government action to avoid tipping points in climate change, biodiversity loss and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
XR makes 3 demands. 1) The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.2) Act Now. The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels. 3) A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.
All are welcome to attend the regular meetings where you can find out more. The group takes local action and supports the wider XR actions e.g. recently 20 plus local members joined in the 2 weeks of demonstrations in London – October 2019.
Eastbourne Eco Action Network
On 10th July this year, Eastbourne Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency *. The Eco Action Network is a place for local environment groups to work together on:- exploring the implications of this declaration for Eastbourne and, on fostering collaboration on the actions necessary to make the town Carbon Neutral by 2030, as part of the rapid transition to a zero carbon society.
Community Interest Company that has been set up to serve the above aims. The Eco Action Network will shortly be holding a launch event that we will all be invited to. They are setting up 8 working groups set up to address particular areas. You can sign up to these groups on their Website:-
* For more on local East Sussex Climate Emergency Declarations:-