Our letter to our MP, Nadhim Zahawi, sets out the links between Covid-19 and the climate emergency, and the need for the economic recovery from Covid to double as a Green New Deal: www.stratfordclimate.org/covid-19-and-the-need-for-a-green-recovery/

The links between climate change and pandemics, particularly relating to animal agriculture, are even stronger than mentioned. Learn more here, here, here, here, and here

The Build Back Better campaign is a national campaign calling for such a green recovery, and there is now a local group in Stratford. The government has adopted the phrase “build back better”, but is committed to a massive road building program, intends to deregulate the planning process (please respond to their consultation), and is pressing on with HS2, an enormously destructive project which will not achieve carbon neutrality at any point in its 120 year life.

Green New Deal UK is the main organisation campaigning for a Green New Deal. The idea of a Green New Deal was developed by economists working at the New Economics Foundation. See also Ann Pettifor’s book, The Case for the Green New Deal.

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill will return to parliament for a second reading in March. This calls for a speeding up of the government’s target for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions from 2050 to 2030, and bans excessive reliance on untested carbon capture technology. Please write to your MP and ask them to back it.

Going vegan is the single biggest thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint (giving up flying is the other candidate). Even the most sustainably produced animal-based products have a much greater environmental footprint than the least sustainably produced plant-based food. Learn more here, or here.

If you are interested in trying veganism, visit the Veganuary site for advice, and the Vegan Society for further information.

If you would like to get involved in our campaigning, please send us an email or join us.