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Jessica Kleczka is a journalist based in Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.
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19 Apr 2024  |  curious.earth
A group of Swiss women won a case at the ECHR, claiming the government's inaction on climate change risks their lives. Total Energies and CNOOC plan to build an oil pipeline through Africa, facing opposition from local activists. The creators of Little Amal announced a new project, The Herd, to raise climate emergency awareness. Climate litigation is increasing, with legal actions taken to combat the climate crisis. The WHO's Maria Neira warned of health impacts due to air pollution delays. French and Spanish activists protested water-intensive golf courses during droughts. Indigenous leaders at the UN forum demanded policies for mining projects to obtain their consent before starting operations.

Climate groups urge United Nations to postpone COP26

04 Apr 2024  |  stopcambo.org.uk
Climate Action Network International, representing over 1,500 environmental groups, has called for the postponement of the UN climate talks (COP26) in Glasgow due to vaccine inequality that would prevent inclusive participation, especially from the Global South. The recent IPCC report highlights the urgency of climate action, but the UK's handling of vaccine distribution and quarantine costs for delegates has been criticized. High-profile figures like Greta Thunberg have expressed reluctance to attend under current conditions. Some groups argue for a hybrid or fully online event, while others stress the importance of in-person negotiations. The UK government and US envoy John Kerry insist on proceeding, but concerns about unequal representation persist. Grassroots organizations are mobilizing to provide accommodation and protest the summit.

From four walls to four wheels: How we live sustainably, from electricity use to food waste

17 Mar 2024  |  www.euronews.com
The article discusses the author's transition to a sustainable lifestyle by converting a van into a home and traveling around Europe. The author and their partner, both remote workers, focus on minimizing their carbon footprint by using solar power, conserving water, and reducing emissions. They emphasize the importance of connecting with nature, eating locally, and being conscious of resource usage. The article also highlights their project, Road to the Future, which documents community-led environmental initiatives across Europe.

‘Speak to people’s values’: A climate psychologist’s guide to confronting denial and delayism

17 Feb 2024  |  www.euronews.com
Climate denial and delayism, fueled by fossil fuel companies and political affiliations, are significant obstacles to addressing the climate crisis. The text emphasizes the importance of understanding the psychological roots of climate denial, such as fear and anxiety, and advocates for compassionate engagement with climate dismissives. It highlights the shift from outright denial to more insidious delay tactics and stresses the need for effective communication that resonates with people's values and immediate concerns. The article underscores the role of hope and actionable solutions in motivating climate action, urging climate-aware individuals to normalize climate conversations in everyday settings.

‘Speak to people’s values’: A climate psychologist’s guide to confronting denial and delayism

17 Feb 2024  |  euronews.com
Climate denial and delayism, fueled by fossil fuel industry lobbying and PR strategies, are significant barriers to addressing the climate crisis. Passive denial is more common than aggressive denial, with many people aware of climate change but indifferent or avoidant. Climate deniers are often seen as victims of fear and change, not villains. The article argues for compassion and understanding towards climate dismissives, emphasizing the importance of engaging with people based on their values and concerns. It highlights the rise of climate delay tactics, such as shifting blame to individuals and promoting non-transformative solutions. Effective climate communication should focus on local issues, values, and positive action rather than fear-inducing narratives. The piece encourages normalizing climate conversations to foster healthy emotional responses and motivate action.

We have our future: Why climate campaigners are celebrating Poland’s election result

24 Oct 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Poland's recent election results are celebrated by climate activists as a victory for democracy and climate action. The opposition coalition, including Donald Tusk’s Civic Coalition, Third Way, and Lewica, is set to form a new government, promising accelerated renewable energy adoption and improved human rights. Climate activists like Dominika Lasota and Wiktoria Jędroszkowiak from Wschód played a significant role in mobilizing voters, particularly young people and women. The new government faces challenges in transitioning from coal and addressing the interests of various coalition parties and state-owned energy companies. The shift in Poland's political landscape is expected to positively impact EU climate policies and inspire global climate action.

‘Speak to people’s values’: A climate psychologist’s guide to confronting denial and delayism

05 Oct 2023  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
Climate denial and delayism are significant obstacles to addressing the climate crisis, perpetuated by fossil fuel companies and political affiliations. The article emphasizes the importance of understanding the psychological roots of climate denial, advocating for compassionate engagement with climate dismissives. It highlights the shift from outright denial to more insidious forms of delay, such as redirecting responsibility and promoting non-transformative solutions. Effective communication strategies include aligning climate action with people's values and addressing related issues like air pollution and cost-of-living. The article calls for normalizing climate conversations to foster healthier emotional responses and motivate collective action.

The newest IPCC report underlines the urgent need to end oil and gas production now

02 Oct 2023  |  www.stopcambo.org.uk
The latest IPCC report highlights the urgent need to end oil and gas production to mitigate climate change impacts. The report warns of extreme weather events, mass displacement, and worsening inequalities, particularly in the Global South. Despite the UK government's recent approval of new oil and gas fields, experts argue that this contradicts the Paris Agreement and will not alleviate the energy crisis. Instead, investment in renewable energy is recommended. The article criticizes the UK government's handling of climate policies and emphasizes the economic and environmental benefits of transitioning to renewable energy.

How To Cope With Ecological Grief

01 Oct 2023  |  SheSapiens
The article discusses the concept of ecological grief, a profound feeling of depression and grief related to environmental changes and losses. It highlights the emotional distress caused by both experienced and anticipatory environmental losses, categorizing ecological grief as a type of disenfranchised grief. The author, Jessica Kleczka, offers practical steps to channel this grief into positive action, such as accepting limitations, finding one's role, building community, cherishing nature, and embracing feelings without trying to 'get over' them. The piece emphasizes the importance of small, meaningful actions and community support in coping with ecological grief.

#StopEACOP: The 900-mile pipeline in East Africa that will devastate communities and ecosystems

01 Oct 2023  |  www.stopcambo.org.uk
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, led by TotalEnergies and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, poses significant environmental and social risks, threatening diverse habitats, water sources, and displacing thousands of people. Despite promises of economic benefits, the project is criticized for its minimal job creation and high carbon emissions. The #StopEACOP campaign, supported by over a million people, highlights the project's potential to exacerbate corruption, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation. Financial institutions and insurers are urged to withdraw support, while activists call for investment in sustainable industries and renewable energy.

What is #StopRosebank?

24 Jul 2023  |  Shado Magazine
The UK government is pushing forward with the controversial Rosebank oil field, despite significant opposition from scientists, environmentalists, and political figures. Rosebank, located off the coast of the Shetland Islands, is set to become the largest undeveloped oil field in the UK, with significant climate and environmental impacts. The project is primarily owned by Equinor, with additional stakes held by Suncor Energy and Ithaca Energy. Critics argue that the development will exacerbate climate change, harm marine life, and provide minimal benefits to UK energy security while profiting oil companies. The campaign against Rosebank has garnered widespread support, including from the Labour Party, which has pledged to block new oil and gas fields if elected. Climate litigation and public protests are among the strategies being employed to halt the project.

Six months on from the Environment Act, the government needs to show it’s serious about ending throwaway culture

01 Apr 2023  |  Inside track
The article discusses the six-month mark since the Environment Act was implemented in the UK, highlighting its potential to address single-use materials beyond plastic. Green Alliance, which has advocated for reduced resource use, sees this as an opportunity for the government to lead in environmental stewardship. The UK's resource consumption is double the UN's recommended limit, contributing to nature loss, water stress, and climate change. The authors criticize the government's narrow focus on banning specific plastic items rather than promoting systemic solutions like reuse and refills. They point out that switching from plastic to other single-use materials could triple greenhouse gas emissions and strain land and forestry resources. The article calls for more holistic thinking and urges the government to use new policy tools and reforms, such as extended producer responsibility and deposit return schemes, to support reuse initiatives and set an example for global environmental policies.

Meet the psychologist who matchmakes philanthropists with cash-strapped activists

12 Mar 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Margaret Klein Salamon, a climate psychologist, directs the Climate Emergency Fund, which financially supports radical activist groups. She emphasizes the importance of disruptive activism in shifting public perception and policy towards climate action. Research shows that funding activist groups can significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to carbon offsetting. Salamon highlights the psychological challenges of normalizing climate activism and the need for a new vision of greatness that prioritizes collective well-being over individual gains. The article underscores the critical role of imagination and creative exploration in envisioning a sustainable future.

Hope in Action: 10 wins against fossil fuels in 2022

31 Dec 2022  |  www.stopcambo.org.uk
2022 saw significant victories against fossil fuels, driven by grassroots campaigns and legal actions. Key developments include Ecuador's moratorium on new oil and mining concessions, South Africa's court ruling against Shell, and Equinor's postponement of the Wisting oil field. Elections in Colombia, Brazil, and Australia brought hope for stronger climate action. Indigenous and community-led efforts led to the cancellation of oil leases in Alaska and a ban on oil drilling in Los Angeles. UK universities pledged to divest from fossil fuels, and clean energy jobs surpassed those in the fossil fuel sector. Despite these wins, continued efforts are needed to ensure a fossil-free future.

The Rosebank oil field would be a betrayal for future generations – we cannot let it go ahead

27 Oct 2022  |  Shado Magazine
The article criticizes the UK government's approval of the Rosebank oil field, owned by Equinor, arguing it would be a betrayal to future generations and exacerbate climate change. It highlights the environmental and social injustices caused by fossil fuel extraction, particularly affecting marginalized communities and the Global South. The piece calls for a rapid transition to renewable energy and loss and damage payments to countries most affected by climate impacts, emphasizing the need for political will to achieve a sustainable future.

Oil and Gas in the North Sea: An escalating mess

24 Oct 2022  |  www.stopcambo.org.uk
The article by Jessica Kleczka discusses the UK's plans for new oil and gas developments despite scientific consensus that such actions would exceed the 1.5°C global heating limit. It highlights the tension between the UK's energy security strategy and climate goals, particularly in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The article details the licensing process for oil and gas in the North Sea, overseen by the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), and criticizes the UK government's approach as economically and environmentally unsound. It mentions Shell's withdrawal from the Cambo oil field and Ithaca Energy's acquisition of Siccar Point Energy, indicating a complex landscape of corporate interests and environmental activism. The piece underscores the importance of public consultation and legal challenges in influencing government policy and holding the fossil fuel industry accountable for its role in climate change.

Why is the UK putting the Cambo oilfield back ‘on life support’?

24 Oct 2022  |  greenworld.org.uk
The article discusses the halted Cambo oil field project in the UK, emphasizing the role of public opposition and the Stop Cambo campaign in stopping the development due to its potential climate impact. It criticizes the UK government's approach to energy security and climate leadership, highlighting the inconsistency of pursuing new oil and gas developments while claiming to be a climate leader. The article also addresses the energy crisis, the lack of investment in energy efficiency and renewables, and the government's failure to impose a windfall tax on oil and gas company profits. It argues for a shift to renewables and energy efficiency to address energy affordability and climate change, rather than new fossil fuel projects like Cambo and Jackdaw, which would not significantly impact energy bills or reliance on Russian gas imports.

How fossil fuel giants 'shamelessly exploit' social justice movements

24 Oct 2022  |  euronews
Jessica Kleczka critiques the fossil fuel industry's tactics to delay climate action by exploiting social justice movements, a practice she terms 'wokewashing'. She explains how companies like Shell, Chevron, and BP use arguments of social and political justice to argue against strong climate policies, claiming such policies would harm marginalized communities. However, these communities are often the most affected by the pollution from these industries. Kleczka also discusses the public health impacts on black, brown, Indigenous, and poor communities, and how fossil fuel companies manipulate their image by showcasing diversity and inclusion while their actions contradict these values. She highlights the need for pressure on leaders to adopt policies that do not include the fossil fuel industry as part of the climate solution, citing Amsterdam's ban on fossil fuel and aviation advertising as an example to follow.

Beyond eco-anxiety: How climate change affects your mental health

11 May 2022  |  Ecologi
The article discusses the psychological impacts of climate change on individuals, delving into various mental health conditions that are emerging or intensifying as a result of the environmental crisis. Terms such as 'eco-anxiety,' 'solastalgia,' and 'climate grief' are explored to describe feelings of dread for the future, the distress caused by environmental change in one's home environment, and the mourning of environmental loss, respectively. The piece also touches on the importance of building resilience to cope with the mental health challenges posed by the climate crisis.

The Role of Fossil Fuels in the Ukraine War: Perspectives from Climate Activists

27 Apr 2022  |  Shado Magazine
The article discusses the ongoing war in Ukraine, focusing on the perspectives of climate activists from Ukraine and Russia. It highlights the role of Russian fossil fuels in funding the war and the need for countries to phase them out to weaken Putin's regime. Activists from Fridays for Future (FFF) in both countries share their experiences and the challenges they face, including the dangers of activism during wartime. The article also touches on the hypocrisy of Western countries that continue to purchase Russian energy while condemning the aggression. It emphasizes the importance of transitioning to renewable energy sources to prevent future conflicts and the role of climate activism in pushing for this change. The article concludes with a call for political leaders to take immediate action to stop the use of fossil fuels and support community-owned energy systems.

#StopEACOP: Uganda and Tanzania in the battle against oil giants

09 Mar 2022  |  Shado Magazine
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project in Uganda and Tanzania, developed by Total and CNOOC, poses significant environmental and social threats. The project, which will be the longest heated oil pipeline in the world, has faced strong opposition from the Stop EACOP campaign and various NGOs. Critics argue that the pipeline will exacerbate climate change, lead to land grabs, and displace local communities. Despite recent announcements suggesting the project is moving forward, significant financial and legal challenges remain. The campaign continues to gain international support, targeting banks and insurance companies to withdraw funding and raise awareness about the project's detrimental impacts.

#StopEACOP: Uganda and Tanzania in the battle against oil giants

09 Mar 2022  |  Shado Magazine
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project in Uganda and Tanzania, developed by Total and CNOOC, poses significant environmental and social threats. The project, which will be the longest heated oil pipeline in the world, is criticized for its potential to cause ecological damage, displace local communities, and perpetuate neocolonialism. The Stop EACOP campaign, led by activists like Omar Elmawi, is working to halt the project by raising international awareness and pressuring financial institutions to withdraw support. Despite government intimidation, the campaign has seen some success, with several banks refusing to fund the pipeline.

We are losing our right to protest

05 Jan 2022  |  curious.earth
The UK government's proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) bill has sparked significant concern among environmentalists and human rights advocates. The bill grants police extensive powers to restrict protests, criminalizes Gypsy and Traveller communities, and threatens foreign nationals' residency status. Home Secretary Priti Patel's recent amendments have intensified these concerns, adding provisions that criminalize protest tactics and expand police stop-and-search powers. Critics argue the bill disproportionately affects minority groups and undermines democracy. Despite limited media coverage, activists continue to oppose the bill, urging the House of Lords to amend its most problematic aspects.

Legal cases are putting the government and companies on the spot

21 Dec 2021  |  greenworld.org.uk
Environmental campaigners Jeremy Cox, Mikaela Loach, and Kairin van Sweeden, supported by Paid to Pollute, are challenging the Oil and Gas Authority's strategy in court, arguing it unlawfully encourages fossil fuel extraction. The UK's commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 is at odds with ongoing approvals for oil and gas projects and low tax rates for the industry. Shell and BP have not paid corporation tax or production levies on North Sea operations while receiving significant subsidies. Climate litigation is on the rise, targeting corporations and governments for environmental and human rights violations, and financial risks related to climate change. Scotland and Wales are taking steps to phase out fossil fuels, with the UK ending overseas fossil fuel projects and some Conservative MPs advocating for clean energy.

COP26 debate in Parliament: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

28 Oct 2021  |  www.stopcambo.org.uk
The article provides an overview of a recent debate in the House of Commons on COP26 and climate change, highlighting key arguments and outcomes. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and other opposition MPs stressed the importance of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees and criticized the government's climate policies. Conservative MPs faced criticism for their poor attendance and dismissive comments. The debate underscored the need for urgent climate action, climate justice, and a coordinated approach across the UK's nations. The article also noted the presence of delay tactics in the debate and emphasized the importance of cutting ties with the fossil fuel industry.

Visions Of Alternative Futures: Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland

12 Aug 2021  |  SheSapiens
Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland is a spiritual community and learning center that emphasizes sustainability, practical spirituality, and co-creation with nature. Founded in 1962 by Eileen and Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean, the community has grown to include 90 ecological buildings, wind generators, and a biological sewage treatment plant. The Findhorn Foundation, an NGO associated with the United Nations, aims to inspire and transform humanity through its principles of inner listening, love in action, and co-creation with nature. The community engages in various eco-projects, including car-sharing, composting, and social investment, and hosts events featuring prominent environmental figures.

Stories from the Frontline: “The Fight for Life”

04 Aug 2021  |  curious.earth
The article highlights the ongoing struggle of Indigenous communities in Brazil against proposed legislation that threatens their land rights and the environment. It details the efforts of President Jair Bolsonaro and agri-business lobbies to pass bills that would ease restrictions on resource extraction and legalize land grabbing. Indigenous groups, led by the Association of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil (APIB) and Comissão Guaraní Yvyrupa (CGY), are mobilizing to resist these changes, with significant protests and legal actions underway. The article underscores the importance of supporting Indigenous rights to protect biodiversity and combat the climate crisis.

Stop Cambo: The fight against a new oil field in the UK

14 Jul 2021  |  curious.earth
Oil giants Shell and Siccar Point Energy are seeking UK government approval to develop a new oil field in the Cambo Field, West of Shetland, sparking widespread protests. Activists argue that the project contradicts the International Energy Agency's advice against new fossil fuel developments to meet the Paris Agreement targets. The UK government is criticized for exploiting a loophole in the exploration license granted in 2001. The Stop Cambo campaign, supported by various organizations and activists, highlights the devastating climate impacts of the project. The text underscores the need for political action against fossil fuels and a shift towards sustainable systems.

Visions Of Alternative Futures: Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

12 Jul 2021  |  SheSapiens
Braziers Park, a non-religious residential community and college in Oxfordshire, aims to foster personal development and constructive action through cooperation. Founded in 1950 by Norman Glaister, it emphasizes non-specialization in communal tasks and has a strong focus on sustainability and organic living. The community hosts diverse groups of volunteers and researchers, offering a variety of educational programs that deepen relationships with the land and promote non-violent communication. Braziers Park's philosophy centers on the interdependence of self, community, and nature, striving to improve group processes and environmental respect.

All eyes on G7: Why world leaders will be met with resistance in Cornwall this month

02 Jun 2021  |  curious.earth
Thousands of activists from over 30 environmental groups are expected to disrupt the upcoming G7 summit in Cornwall to protest against the leaders' inadequate response to climate change. The protesters, organized by Resist G7, aim to highlight the failure of G7 nations to meet Paris agreement targets and demand more ambitious emissions reductions and equitable climate finance. The protests will feature different themes each day, including criticism of greenwashing and calls for participatory decision-making. The article suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the capacity of leaders to address existential threats, urging the same level of urgency for the climate crisis.

Why 'Kill The Bill' Is A Feminist Issue

01 Apr 2021  |  SheSapiens
The article discusses the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) bill in the UK, highlighting its potential to criminalize effective forms of protest and disproportionately affect marginalized groups. It argues that the bill, presented under the guise of protecting women, will instead increase police powers and suppress democratic rights. The text emphasizes the importance of disruptive protest in achieving social change, drawing parallels with historical movements like the suffragettes. It calls for solidarity across social classes and political spectrums to oppose the bill and support vulnerable communities.

Climate Census UK: How You Can Take Climate Action From Home

03 Mar 2021  |  SheSapiens
The article discusses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on environmental advocacy in the UK, highlighting the government's approval of environmentally destructive projects. It introduces the Climate Census campaign, which aims to hold the government accountable for its lack of action on climate and ecological emergencies. The campaign encourages people to declare themselves 'climate concerned' in the upcoming census to push for policy changes and greater environmental education. The article emphasizes the importance of digital action and inclusive protest methods, especially for marginalized communities.

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