Dispatch from the campaign #5

Today it was announced that Labour is appointing a new shadow minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs! It is great to see Labour appointing a front bench role to engage with popular movements to build socialist and democratic solutions. We’re thrilled that Danielle Rowley has already agreed to a meeting with our campaign to discuss how to take our proposal for a Green New Deal forward.

With only three months to go until conference, we need to keep up the momentum passing our conference motion in our CLPs and Trade Union branches. If you want to pass it, let us know

Get in touch if you are going to be in Brighton. Especially if you’re a conference delegate – we want to hear from you!


Motions

  • Southampton Test, Mid Worcestershire, North Cornwall, Portsmouth South and Portsmouth North have joined the list of CLPs sending our motion to conference!

  • Stockport CLP, Bristol South CLP, Croydon Central CLP, Gateshead CLP (the first in the North East!), Shettleston CLP, Worcester CLP, Mole Valley CLP, Liverpool Riverside branch, Ecclesall branch and Burngreave branch have passed our GND motion this week!

Huge thanks and congratulations to all members who worked so hard to get these passed! 

  • Bradford East CLP and Southend West CLP are sending our motion to conference!

  • North Norfolk CLP, Oswestry and District Branch, Northfield Branch and Chalford and Painswick Branch have passed our GND motion! Get a copy of it here.

  • Edinburgh Labour hosted a screening of Before the Flood followed by a panel discussion on the local potential of a radical Green New Deal. Speakers included Claudia Beamish, Scottish Labour’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Spokesperson.


Updates from Local Groups and Organisers

  • BRISTOL - Bristol LGND have been making awesome progress. At the last count, 3 Bristol MPs have signed the GND pledge as well as OVER 20 councillors! MPs and PPCs everywhere who want to sign our GND pledge, get in touch.

  • WOLVERHAMPTON - Wolverhampton South West CLP have submitted the GND model motion as their conference motion at their AMM! Also, on 2 September they will be hosting a film showing alongside a panel discussion on GND – keep an eye out for further details in future dispatches.

  • SHEFFIELD - This week our motion passed at both Ecclesall and Burngreave branches, and will be going to Hallam and Brightside & Hillsborough CLPs in their next meetings! Join Sheffield LGND here.


Catch up with – Birmingham Labour for a Green New Deal 

It’s been a busy few weeks in Birmingham! This week we’ve got an update from Kadees from Birmingham LGND about how the movement has grown, and what’s up next:

Route to Zero and Launch Event

Activism around climate change had already been gaining momentum in Birmingham, as it was elsewhere, with the YouthStrikes4Climate and XR Birmingham protests in the city. These protests resulted in an event at Birmingham City University, Route to a Zero Carbon Region. We were kindly given a platform at this event to promote our vision for a Green New Deal.

Around 30 local activists attended our first meeting to discuss how we could pass the Green New Deal conference motion, get support from politicians and work out what a Green New Deal would mean for our city.

Getting our message out

We connected with other groups in Birmingham that had already been working on climate action, such as Climate Action Network West Midlands and Friends of the Earth Birmingham. This enabled us to access the established activist network.

Climate Emergency

Lisa Trickett, a local councilor, worked with us to put forward a cross-party motion calling on Birmingham City Council to declare a Climate Emergency. In preparation for this we worked with Momentum Birmingham to issue a joint statement calling for a local Green New Deal. Birmingham City Council declared a Climate Emergency on 11 June. This was a fantastic win for campaigners. 

Next steps

In the coming months we’re hoping to be working with Momentum Birmingham to organise local discussions on what a Green New Deal will mean for the community. 

Our next event will take place on 15 July. We’re keen to reach out to organisations focussing on impacts of climate breakdown in the Global South, and how this will impact our City. We’re helping organize a panel discussion on climate breakdown at Birmingham Transformed in August. 

We need your help! If you want to get involved, email or get in touch on social media.


Do you want to share news about your local organising? Speak to our Local Groups Support Team or email info@labourgnd.uk  and we will feature your group in future dispatches!