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As the May elections roll into sight, we’d love to know what you’re planning and support you to make the most of this opportunity. We recently launched an emergency plan on green jobs for young people that could help too. And we’re starting to look a little further ahead towards COP26 this November. 

30 Mar 2021

An emergency plan on green jobs for young people

On the eve of the UK Government’s budget, we released An emergency plan on green jobs for young people. It calls for 250,000 Green Apprenticeships to address the climate and youth unemployment crises. The plan provides detailed analysis on the 'scarring' impact on an unemployed young person. With half a million 16-24 year olds out of work, this could result in wage losses of up to £133,000 over the next 20 years.   
 
We hope this report will help local groups to make the case for green jobs locally. The plan calculates the scarring impact this has by local authority, with the average local authority area seeing a potential of up to £105 million in lost earnings. It also spells out the co-benefits to an area and gives a breakdown of green jobs by type.

Please do let us know how you get on with using it in your campaigning by emailing community@foe.co.uk.

May elections in England

On Thursday 6 May there will be elections across England for around 150 local councils, 7 Metro Mayors, and the London Mayor and Assembly.

These could make a real difference to the fight for a green and fair future, so make sure to check if there are elections happening in your area. If not, don’t worry – it’s still a really good moment to lobby your council to adopt an ambitious Climate Action plan

If there are elections in your area, have a look at our elections hub – a one-stop shop of campaigning resources. There are plenty of activities your group can organise. 

And whether you’re meeting with candidates, organising a hustings or planning other activities, we want to know about it! Please tell us about your plans by filling out our quick form so that we can make sure you’ve got all the support you need and help promote your activities. 

We continue to run online training events, meetings and a discussion space for Climate Action Groups to gear up for elections campaigning. Get involved by registering for anything relevant to your campaign below.  

  • Metro Mayor elections – to find out more about the Metro Mayor alliance in your region and get involved in campaign planning meetings, contact community@foe.co.uk  
  • Social media and the May elections30 March (18.00-19.30) – for members who will be managing their group's social media during the May elections campaign. 
  • Elections peer support – collaborate with other Climate Action Groups also taking part in elections campaigning, share your ideas and get peer and staff support on our dedicated Slack channel.

And if you missed them, check out these recordings of earlier webinars: 

The climate and nature emergencies haven’t gone away since COVID-19 emerged. We need to make sure that election candidates prioritise a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and help make our local areas as climate- and nature-friendly as possible.

Senedd election in Wales

The Senedd election is a little over a month away. Hopefully you've managed to read about the 5 things your group can do, and are busy deciding how you're going to get those pledges from candidates and building relationships in your area.  

Help us create a picture of what's happening across Wales by:

We'll promote your activities and provide extra support to those who need it. 

Full candidate lists won’t be available until around 10 April but you can already check out who’s standing in your area by using the Democracy Club website. 

Wondering what to ask your candidates? We've prepared some sample questions based on the Climate Action Plan for Wales to help you. 

To help you spread the word in your area we've also put together a digital resource pack including posters for the candidates to use when they pledge, social media graphics, sample tweets and more. Check out the Senedd election toolkit.

Spread the word about your campaign by using #TakeClimateAction and #GweithreduHinsawdd on social media.  

Need extra support? Our monthly network meetings are a great place to chat with other groups, exchange hints and tips and ask for help. If you'd like to attend the next one, or if you have any other questions, please get in touch.

COP 26

This November the UK is hosting COP26 – the annual UN climate summit where international negotiations take place to determine and implement international climate rules, guidelines and cooperation to tackle climate change and its impacts. It's a huge opportunity to shine a light on the actions of governments and crucially, to come together to show the strength of our movements and get more people involved. 

Our focus is on strengthening UK climate ambition, both nationally and internationally, as well as powering up our network to take action on climate justice. We’re currently working with Friends of the Earth Scotland on some joint advocacy asks, and we really want to unite local, national and international climate work across the network. 

So far plans for the year look a little bit like this: 

  • Up until May – we’re focusing on climate justice learning, getting skilled up and ready for taking action that looks at climate internationally as well as nationally.   
  • End of May/beginning of June – we have COP webinars and discussion spaces planned. First one is 20 May. 
  • By July – we’ll know what actions local groups and Climate Action groups can get involved with, leaving a few months for planning and taking action in the run up to and during November. 

November is when the conference happens, but there will be points of intervention throughout this year and beyond into next year. We want to use COP26 as a moment to accelerate and amplify our campaigns, rather than focusing too much on the two weeks of the actual conference. 

We're keen to discuss the aims for our work on COP26 together. Join us on 7 April for an initial chat about what we want to achieve at COP.

There’ll be plenty of chances for us to plan together how to make the most of this opportunity later in the spring as well.

If you have any thoughts on what we as a network could do, and what support could be useful for your group please drop us an email at community@foe.co.uk and make sure that you sign up for the What is Climate Justice? webinar on 6 April. 

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