Bristol and the Climate Crisis

The climate emergency and environmental crisis are defining issues of our time.

But how are these global issues playing out in our city, and what impacts might the actions we take here be having around the world? We want to confront these questions head on: despair and inaction will only make problems worse.

We will be investing more in reporting on the climate crisis: what it means for people living in Bristol, and what we can do about it. We’ll aim to connect the dots between what can sometimes feel like a distant threat, but is closely linked to local health, equality, economy and other issues playing out on a local level.

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West of England Mayor directed business that tried to profit from logging on rainforest island

The company had a shareholding in an offshore company with plans for logging in West Papua, but Norris says he wasn’t involved.

Watch: The Bristol NGO taking plastic pollution to Westminster

Watch: Final fight over Bristol Airport expansion begins

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

WECA scraps its climate plan: ‘Not ambitious enough’

Mayors and council leaders were expected to rubber-stamp a progress update at the meeting but instead dropped the plan altogether, deciding to write up a more ambitious one by September.

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Watch: 10 ways Bristol can reach net zero carbon by 2030

Coronavirus in Bristol

Covid-19 has made us reconsider how much we will fly in future, research suggests

‘Disability can’t be forgotten in our tackling of the climate crisis’

Emma Geen from Bristol Disability Equality Forum writes about the importance of a ‘just transition’ and community climate action.

Climate impact of Bristol Airport expansion up to six times worse than claimed, says think tank

Research released today by think tank New Economics Foundation, (NEF) claims that the climate impact of Bristol Airport expansion could be up to six times...

Communicating climate change – what can we learn from Covid-19?

There’s a cartoon that’s done the rounds during the pandemic – Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees recently shared it himself – depicting three ocean waves, each...

Bristol students speak out about crushing ‘climate anxiety’

A survey conducted by student newspaper Epigram has revealed the impact of the climate crisis on students’ hopes and fears for the future.

‘The new WECA mayor has a big role to play in the response to the climate emergency’

As the four metro mayor candidates have all signed up to a pledge from Friends of the Earth to create an ambitious Climate Action Plan, campaigners are confident that there will be more done about the climate crisis than has been so far, whoever gets in.

What’s around the corner for Bristol’s transport?

Change is coming to our roads, but are radical transformational plans just hot polluted air?

A green jobs revolution must go beyond construction and manufacturing

West of England metro mayor candidates are talking big on low-carbon employment in the Bristol region. Meeting the challenge of net-zero will mean not just meeting campaign promises but considering fairness, inclusion and how all our jobs can become greener.

Can community energy projects help Bristol get to net zero?

A community organisation in Lawrence Weston has got permission to build England’s biggest onshore wind turbine, but other communities in Bristol are helping us transition to green energy. Here are some of their stories.

An experiment in democracy: Inside Bristol’s first ever citizens' assembly

60 Bristol citizens have released their recommendations on climate, health and transport. Participants share their insights from this pioneering process of public participation.

‘Morally right but legally guilty’: Meet the GP turned environmental activist self-representing in court

Diana Warner says the justice system is unjust in the battle against the climate crisis

'Fossil fuelled public sector pensions reveal deep political faultlines on climate crisis action'

Over 100,000 local public-sector pensions are invested in firms that threaten our future. The reasons why are complex – but the situation is not compatible with Bristol’s zero-carbon pledges, says Adam Cantwell-Corn

Campaigners accuse Marvin Rees of not protecting Bristol’s mature trees

Despite promises to clean up Bristol’s illegal air quality and double the city’s tree canopy by planting new trees, mature trees continue to be cut down.

Green shoots of hope: Climate solutions from around the globe

Bristol is already considering various initiatives to tackle climate change and mitigate its impacts. Safeguarding our planet’s future depends on international action – only so much can be done at a local level – but there are success stories our city can draw on.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the city's struggle to reach net-zero carbon with council cabinet lead on climate, Councillor Afzal Shah

With nine years to go until Bristol's net-zero carbon pledge, Neil and Afzal - old school mates from decades ago - discuss the successes and criticisms of the administration’s work on climate so far.

Bristol's net zero carbon emissions deadline is only nine years away. How are we doing?

In November 2018 Bristol became the first UK local authority to declare a climate emergency, committing to reduce its net carbon output to zero by 2030. Since then there has been hot air – much of it well-intentioned – but too little meaningful action, says Jon Turney

Help shape our reporting on Bristol and the climate crisis

We can't tackle the climate crisis alone – as individuals, a single newspaper, city or country. We must act together. That's why we want you to join us in planning how we cover Bristol's role.

The campaigners creating an environmental movement with social justice at its core

Air pollution disproportionately affects ethnic minorities and deprived communities, yet environmental movements tend to be predominantly white and middle class. We sit down with Olivia Sweeney, Black and Green ambassador, to ask what is being done about this in the city, and what are her hopes f...

Bristol will be charging drivers to tackle air pollution, but other changes are on the way too

Bristol's Clean Air Zone has finally been decided. We spoke to cabinet member for transport, Kye Dudd, speaks about air pollution, plans for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and doubling down on measures brought in at the start of the pandemic.

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