It is of course great news that nearly 200 countries signed the Paris Agreement on 12 December 2015. But we mustn't relax. It's now that the work begins to turn the hopes into reality.

Congratulations to WinACC supporters and to people all over the planet who gave politicians the courage to commit the world to try to limit global temperature rises to less than 2 degrees C and to aim for 1.5 degrees.

Here is the full text of the Paris Agreement. You may also want to see what the European Commission website says, and how the UK Government reported it

Commentators have pointed out that declarations of intent may lift our spirits, but we need a realistic, agreed action plan that will actually deliver the changes we need to get to 1.5 degrees, or even 2 degrees C - for example, Kevin Anderson.

The planet is already 1 degree hotter than it was before the industrial revolution. We are already seeing the suffering that causes around the world, from floods in Cumbria to a drought in Syria that contributed to the current situation there. 

Tell the UK Government that you want them to act at once.

The outcome of the Paris Climate Conference proves that we can influence our politicians. So write now to your MP and to Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Thank the Government for its contribution to the Paris Agreement and for its decision t phase ourt coal-fired power stations.

Call on the Government to bring back UK's leadership on climate change:

  • abandon plans to cut subsidies for solar power by 90%
  • reverse decisions that undermine community energy
  • stop subsidising fossil fuels - they must stay in the ground
  • stop fracking.

And we need to do our share here in Winchester District. To support local people, politicians and policy-makers, WinACC :

  • invites you to join our fun Cool Communities programme and set your own action plan to cut your carbon footprint
  • welcomes you to a public meeting (jointly with Friends of the Earth) on 19 January focussing on "After Paris - what?"
  • is working with Winchester City Council to suggest what the Council can do.

Want to know more about what you can do? email winacc@winacc/ or ring us on 01962 827083.