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COP20: Turn our towns and cites green

December 4, 2014

The last international climate talks, COP19 in Warsaw were an unmitigated disaster. COP19 was hijacked by Dirty Coal in Poland. We must ensure this never happens again.

Secretive behind closed doors meetings are taking place in Lima in Peru, preliminary meetings between government ministers to decide the agenda for COP20. Left to their own devices, they will draw up an agenda on behalf of dirty coal, oil and fracking.

We must not let that happen.

At COP19 it was decided, we cannot trust the corrupt political elite, in the pocket of Big Business, we have to drive the agenda from the grassroots.

One grassroots initiative is to turn our villages and towns and cities green.

What is your village, town and city doing?

Petitions are being drawn up to drive the process, to lobby mayors, town halls, village councils, to demand they draw up a green agenda, that agenda to then be presented to COP20 when it meets.

In Germany, there are now several hundred, community and municipality owned and controlled local grids. Into the local grid feeds local power generation, rooftop solar panels, local wind turbines, and only the surplus is fed into the national grid.

In England, local councils may be implementing austerity, but they are using it as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, whilst at the same time sitting on vast reserves. Lincolnshire cut its library services by two-thirds, fired 170 library staff to save £2 million, and yet had an underspend of £42 million. These reserves should be put to productive use. They could be used to create local area networks and to support other green initiatives.

In Farnborough GnERGY, a local energy company. Only local in that it is based in Farnborough, it could as easily be based in Ireland or Luxembourg to dodge tax. It buys on the wholesale market and distributes thorough the national grid. The local council could put its reserves to more productive use, work with this local company, to build a local grid, buy local, distribute local, and only the surplus distributed through the national grid.