SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign: We need a Climate Emergency Spending Review

SERA is calling for a a Climate Emergency Spending Review (CESR) following Parliament declaring a climate emergency. Urgent action is required across the whole of government to decarbonise and a CESR would enable that change.  Jake Sumner, SERA's Co-Chair wrote for LabourList in April 2019. This is a copy of the article.  Continue reading

This Earth Day, Labour's Oxford City Council announces plans for a Citizens Assembly to deal with the climate crisis

Cllr Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council portfolio holder for Safer, Greener, Environment writes for SERA on the city's plans announced on Earth Day (22nd April 2019) for a citizens assembly, the first ever by a UK council, to deal with our climate crisis.  Continue reading

No time to delay - We must drive down transport emissions

"Emitting more Co2 without being cognisant of the consequences as a society is a reckless and risky gamble. Every tonnes we can avoid adding to our atmosphere will give us a better chance of avoiding climate breakdown" Venn Chesterton is a sustainable transport expert and tweets at @fb_venn. This article was originally published in SERA's magazine New Ground Continue reading

What can be achieved locally? The Manchester Climate Change response

Lydia Meryll is a SERA executive member, community activist and environmental educator. She leads Manchester SERA. She tweets at @lydia_meryll This article was originally published in SERA's magazine New Ground Continue reading

Transformational change in land use is needed to fight climate change

Vicki Hird is Farm Campaign Coordinator at Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming. She tweets at @vickihird This article was originally published in SERA's magazine New Ground Continue reading

Obituary: Samantha Heath: Small but significant

Longstanding SERA executive member Samantha Heath sadly died on Friday 29 March 2019. Continue reading

How Labour can make Britain a climate leader again and build a global green economy

Eduardo Goncalves is editor of Green Future News and founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. He was International Communications Director of The Climate Group at the time of the Paris Climate Summit, and is author of the WWF Guide to One Planet Living.  This article was originally published in SERA's New Ground, exclusive to SERA members.  Continue reading

Chi Onwurah MP on delivering a just transition

Chi Onwurah MP is Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation, and Labour MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central. She tweets at @ChiOnwurah  This article originally appeared in SERA's publication New Ground, exclusive to SERA members Chi Onwurah MP at our Just Transition Roundtable with NUS and Green Jobs Alliance Continue reading

Students championing sustainability

The National Union of Students (NUS) representing over 600 student unions and millions of students and young people across the UK champions sustainability on and off campus. "The student movement in the UK has a long history of leading the way to create a better world, from electing the first black president of any national organisation in the UK, electing the first paid trans representative in Europe, or being the first national organisation to call for a ban on single-use plastic straws, the student movement has consistently been at the forefront of social change".  For more information about NUS’ sustainability work, including copies of the research mentioned in this article, please visit: This article originally appeared in SERA's publication New Ground, exclusive to SERA members. Continue reading

Labour, tens years on from the Climate Change Act

Bryn Kewley is advisor to Labour's Minister for Energy & Climate Change. He is a member of the SERA executive and tweets at @BrynKewley This article was originally printed in SERA's magazine New Ground, exclusive to SERA members.   Continue reading

Time to wake up! Global emissions are still rising and the government remains complacent

Barry Gardiner is Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for International Climate Change. He is Labour MP for Brent North and tweets at @BarryGardiner. Barry's article originally featured in SERA's New Ground magazine exclusively to SERA members.  Continue reading

"The rise of electromobility is an absolute priority for cleaning our dirty air. Frankly, a No Dear or Hard brexit is a clear and present danger to our work" - Oxford City Council's Environment lead

Oxford City's Environment Lead Cllr Tom Hayes on EV's, British car manufacturing and Brexit. He argues it is critical that the UK has unfettered and permanent single market and customs union access, unhindered trade opportunities worldwide, and a means to recruit the very best overseas talent. That’s crucial for the 160,000-strong workforce that make up British car-making and last year exported 8 in 10 of the 1.7m cars manufactured. 5 in 10 of all UK-built vehicles were shipped to the EU—our biggest single trading region. Oxford's Labour Lord Mayor and Cllr Tom Hayes at Oxford's Electric Vehicle Summit Continue reading