• UK Government stick to Paris Agreement targets
    The case for legal action contends that the Government’s treatment of the Paris Agreement’s targets to keep global temperature rises below 1.5oC as only aspirational is flawed legally; a tragic misunderstanding of the science; and a gross betrayal of public trust. The legal challenge argues that the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's failure to review and revise the UK carbon target in light of developments in climate science and international law is: Ultra vires; irrational; and a breach of fundamental human rights. Recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and have prompted fresh calls to explicitly draw the link between the devastating human impacts of extreme weather events with climate change as warming turbo-charges the hurricanes and super-typhoons. Other climatic tipping points - Arctic meltdown, accelerated warming, ocean acidification, the rise in forest fires, storms, floods and release of methane from melting permafrost – will interact to push climate change beyond reversible limits and rapidly make the planet unliveable, firstly for the world’s already most vulnerable and insecure peoples. With their legal challenge, Plan B, argue that the UK cannot address climate change on its own. From this, they make the case that it is in UK’s self-interest to use its climate leadership to set an example through the Paris Agreement Review process and other diplomatic channels. The case aims to help to set a precedent for equitable distribution of the remaining global carbon budget that could be applied internationally either through courts internationally or wider political process.
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  • Bristol University to Boycott Barclays
    We cannot afford to construct any new infrastructure which relies on fossil fuel extraction. We cannot dig any new coal mines, drill any new oil fields, build any more pipelines. Yet right now, projected investment in new fields, mines, and transportation infrastructure over the next twenty years is worth $14 trillion. Barclays is a major investor in fossil fuel infrastructure across the globe (they currently invest £9.7bn) - it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they crash the climate. [1] University of Bristol Portfolio of Investments 2015- https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/297735/response/733033/attach/html/4/Portfolio%20of%20investments%2031st%20July%202015.pdf.html
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  • ADD your name to Cambridge Uni Fossil Fuel Divestment Evidence
    The fossil fuel industry has misled the public on climate change, been complicit in human rights abuses across the globe, and has business plans that will smash through 2oC - causing social and ecological disaster. If governments take action to keep fossil fuels in the ground then the carbon bubble would burst and $100 trillion of assets could become stranded. After 4 years of campaigning for the University of Cambridge to divest from fossil fuels students and staff have been at deadlock with the universities executive. Due to pressure the executive has just launched a new working group to make a decision on divestment. We'd like you to add your name to our submission to the working group. Zero Carbon Cambridge, People & Planet and the National Union of Students have prepared evidence for the working group (see attached), but we know that it will be easy for Cambridge to ignore us on our own.
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  • Mark Reed Go Sweatshop Free - Join Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. In 2015 Kent University spent £7.29 million on ICT hardware. Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions!
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  • The University of Sheffield Go Sweatshop Free - Join Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. This is vastly different to traditional auditing which the University of Sheffield's own SPERI institute argues is 'working for corporations, but failing workers and the planet'. The amount of money needed to affiliate to Electronics Watch is less than the cost of one year's tuition for one student (nearly 28,000 students attended the university in 2016). Our money is being spent on these at risk products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions!
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  • Plymouth University - Help us stop Sweatshops; sign up to Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Suicide attempts at these workplaces are a common occurence. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions!
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  • Nancy Rothwell Go Sweatshop Free - Join Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions! Nancy Rothwell is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester.
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  • Cardiff University Go Sweatshop Free - Join Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions!
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  • Stop the Media Scapegoating 'Illegal' Migrants
    The term 'illegal' is the most common precursor to the word migrant in the media. This dehumanising and inaccurate reporting is directly fueling the rise of racism. Here are a few quotes from young refugees and asylum seekers speaking on how the label ‘illegal’ made them feel. “It makes me feel like I’m a dangerous weapon to society. If I carry a firearm, it’s illegal. It’s like you’re saying migrant is synonymous with firearm” - Prakesh, young migrant “You feel it in everyday life, I’m not considered a human being like everyone else, the media is the source to creating all of this in the public eye” - Zahra, young migrant “It makes you feel like you don’t belong in society” - Priya, young migrant Scapegoating and peddling hate towards people from a migrant background has lead to an increase of 57% in hate crime since the Brexit vote. Creating a 'hostile environment' for undocumented migrants purposefully created in policy and perpetuated in the media. The media needs to stop helping to scapegoat migrants and end the use of the dehumanising term 'illegal immigrants'. It is not only morally wrong but also factually incorrect.
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  • UWTSD, Boycott Barclays!
    We cannot afford to construct any new infrastructure which relies on fossil fuel extraction. We cannot dig any new coal mines, drill any new oil fields, build any more pipelines. Yet right now, projected investment in new fields, mines, and transportation infrastructure over the next twenty years is worth $14 trillion. Barclays is a major investor in fossil fuel infrastructure across the globe - it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they crash the climate.
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  • University of Edinburgh Boycott Barclays
    We cannot afford to construct any new infrastructure which relies on fossil fuel extraction. We cannot dig any new coal mines, drill any new oil fields, build any more pipelines. Yet right now, projected investment in new fields, mines, and transportation infrastructure over the next twenty years is worth $14 trillion. Barclays is a major investor in fossil fuel infrastructure across the globe it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they crash the climate.
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  • Stop Barclays Funding Fossil Fuels
    If we’re serious about preventing catastrophic warming we can’t dig any new coal mines, drill any new fields or build any more pipelines. Not a single one. We can't stand by and watch as Sioux Native Americans stopping a pipeline are pepper sprayed, Tasered, attacked with dogs and arrested by police in tanks. We can't wait for the Tories to frack under our homes and National Parks. Despite ongoing resistance from Sioux Native Americans and allies, militarized police continue to protect companies laying the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite thousands of objections and sustained local and national pressure, Third Energy have just been given the green light to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. These projects are front lines of the battle to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Barclays funds both these projects and have £15,653 million of assets in oil, gas and coal extraction globally. We can't let these projects go ahead.
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