In the last week of May, a judge in The Hague district court in the Netherlands ruled that Shell must cut its emissions by 45% by 2030 relative to 2019 levels. Before this ruling, courts in the Netherlands, France and Germany had concentrated on holding governments to their commitments under the Paris climate deal of 2015. States were found guilty of denying basic rights to future citizens, triggering more ambitious climate plans. The landmark Hague decision shows that corporations can now be ordered to comply with the goals of the Paris agreement. The judgement placed responsibility on Shell not just for its own emissions but for those of its customers. Taken together these amounted to 1.7 billion tons of CO2 in 2019, about the same as Russia, the world’s fourth-largest polluter. The company, headquartered in Holland, will appeal. The story will not end here, but the pressure to ‘clean up their act’ is clearly growing on both states and the private sector as we approach COP 26 in November
Foreign Policy magazine 27 May 2021
Dorset’s Local Plan distinguishes between ‘large built-up areas’ and ‘towns and other main settlements’ spread across our essentially rural landscape. Shaftesbury, perched on a hilltop to the north, falls into this latter category. Environmental activists here share many of the same challenges as arise in other settlements in this group as we encourage our local population (c.8000) to respond to the climate & ecological emergencies.
Planet Shaftesbury comprises around 130 local people sharing a concern about climate breakdown. Responding to diverse triggers for involvement, each of us feels driven to act in our own way. We connect through physical meetings (monthly when permitted/safe), informal weekly zoom meetings, a monthly email newsletter, a website, and some use of social media, as well as collaboration on those projects we choose to engage with. Our combined aim is to seek changes that contribute to nature's recovery and enable us to live more sustainably. Coming together has led to more robust support for pre-existing groups and the emergence of new initiatives. It has also given us the capacity to mount public events that draw additional people in. (Visit the .Planet Shaftesbury website)
How do we communicate with our wider community?
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Any special happenings in February?
Karen Wimhurst's chamber opera about Plastics has been adapted for online presentation. Karen is an environmental activist and professional musician and composer, a co-leader of Shaftesbury’s Community Choir, and one of the founder members of Planet Shaftesbury. You can hear an interview with her on the Alfred Daily podcast for 5 February, book tickets for the premier, and find out about other ways to hear the opera here.