Alt-Sheff News The guide to Sheffield's radical, alternative, ethical business and groups Disabled people call for trashing the Metro May 2019 *** In the face of a government propaganda campaign supporting the new Universal Credit scheme, Sheffield DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) are urging people to dispose of misleading articles.Please take as many Metro Newspapers with DWP Universal Credit advertorials and reuse them or put them in recycling bins, they say. Put the action on social media with the hashtags #BinMetroDWPlies, #StopandScrapUniversalCredit, and #DisabledMilitant. The new system has increased poverty, homelessness, food bank use, and suicides.DPAC Facebook page Global Justice Sheffield announcement For June 2019 *** Global Justice Sheffield global are looking for willing volunteers for Peace in the Park, Sat 8th June, and the Sharrow Festival, Sat 6th July. Newcomers especially welcome, and you will be placed with at least one "old hand" there at all times, who can help you respond any detailed questions from visitors to the stall. Please contact on if you can help.Their latest actions are:Fight for affordable medicines globally: UK taxpayers are funding billions of pounds worth of research into life-changing drugs - but these are taken over by multinational pharmaceutical companies who sell them back to the NHS at *massive* prices. Global Justice have joined forces with Missing Medicines – a coalition of UK organisations fighting for affordable medicines globally.No toxic trade deal with Trump: A US-UK trade deal could mean chlorinated chicken on our supermarket shelves, US corporations in our NHS, and many of our laws and regulations challenged in international corporate courts. If you would like to receive E-news and updates from national Global Justice Now, visit Global Justice Now and click to subscribe to the newsletter.If you would like to be more involved in discussions and organising local upcoming events, you can join the ”Activist List” for Global Justice Sheffield by email to and ask to be added to the activist list.Global Justice SheffieldTwitter: @GlobalJusticeSH Extinction Rebellion success in Sheffield? 14th May 2019 *** Activists from Extinction Rebellion Sheffield have engaged in protests that saw more arrests than the poll tax riots but were entirely peaceful. The movement is favour of a sustainable world free from the impending threat of climate breakdown and full of new possibilities. The following is taken from the Sheffield City Council news websiteCouncillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Climate Change at Sheffield City Council, has today (14th May 2019) invited Extinction Rebellion and other climate change groups to meet with him to discuss the global climate emergency and how Sheffield can become a zero carbon city.Councillor Dagnall spoke at Extinction Rebellion Sheffield’s rally and demonstration outside the Town Hall on 15th May before the annual full council meeting. He said: “Sheffield was one of the first major cities to declare a climate change emergency following last year’s major wake-up call by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.“We are working urgently with partners to understand the implications for Sheffield, and will soon revise the city’s deadline for carbon neutrality to take account of our obligations. It is likely our target will need to be brought forward by decades, such is scale of the emergency.“Sheffield can be proud of its track record. The city has long pursued progressive policies towards the environment and embraced new, cleaner technology – from introducing district heating in the 1970s to trialing the largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles outside of London today.“However, we must now go much further and much faster to avert irreversible damage to our environment and climate. It must be a joint task for the city as a whole, and in my new role as lead member for climate change at the City Council, I want to invite Extinction Rebellion and other groups campaigning on climate change to meet with me to discuss how we can work together.”In January, Sheffield brought forward its carbon neutral targets and declared a ‘climate emergency’ after new research warned of the catastrophic consequences of global warming. It is now the largest city in the UK to declare a ‘climate emergency’. Updated plans for how they will tackle the crisis were discussed as a motion at a full council. The city council wants to ensure that as a local authority and as a whole city we are doing everything we can to limit reduce carbon emissions and limit man-made climate change.The council already has plans to become carbon neutral by 2050 but it is now working with partners to bring it forward by years, if not decades.Green City Sheffield builds upon the ground breaking work of the Sheffield Green Commission. Sheffield City Council has already been leading the way to becoming a low-carbon economy.Sheffield is testing the largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles outside of London and is the first large city to introduce anti-idling measures to stop people leaving their engines running outside schools.Sheffield was one of the first cities in the UK to introduce district heating and implement clean air powers in the 1970s and private sector investment has created a further two biomass-powered decentralised energy plants in the city.During 2015 Sheffield City Council facilitated the city’s first Green Commission. This independent commission was made up of key leaders and stakeholders from across the city, including business, industry, our universities, the public sector and the voluntary and community sector.The final report of the Sheffield Green Commission – Sheffield’s Green Commitment – was published in 2016, and set out a vision for how, working together as a city, Sheffield could become a smarter, more sustainable, more competitive ‘future city’.By 2020, the Council will have achieved a 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, and, in the next seven years, the Council and its partners will have substantially increased the level of low carbon and renewable energy generation in the cityBy 2030, a majority of the city’s energy will be supplied from low carbon and renewable technologies, with work already being progressed to determine how the Council can use its own assets to generate renewable energy, and develop its existing energy networks.Extinction Rebellion Sheffield invites all those interested in ensuring action is taken to join in planning future disruptive and collaborative non-violent direct action on the streets of Sheffield. Meetings are every Monday evening at Union St. Cafe. Meal at 6pm (£3 suggested donation); Meeting/Induction 6.45-8.00pm. Extinction Rebellion April update from It´s Our City April/May 2019 *** It´s Our City have made a new video to highlight the campaign for a fairer Council structure, thanks to all the wonderful people who have been collecting petition signatures. They now have over half the required signatures, but to achieve the target they need to tell everyone in Sheffield about how undemocratic their council is, before the August deadline.If you can, please also support their It´s Our City Crowdfunder. You can also donate using Paypal if you prefer.If you are not able to support the crowdfunder, then an equally valuable thing is to share the petition on Facebook, Twitter etc. It’s all about repeatedly spreading the word to as many Sheffielders as possible. Use this link: It´s Our City Do you want an air pollution monitor? March 2019 *** A new group called Clean Air for Sheffield, in collaboration with Univesity of Sheffield are installing air pollution monitors (measuring particulate matter) across Sheffield - these link up to a citizen science project called luftdaten. So far there are about 20 monitors installed in Sheffield and some show up on the map (it takes a few weeks for them to register). If you want to get a monitor for your house, workplace or other site, they cost £30 (by PayPal to Graham Turnbull and you need to power them (from a USB cable) and connect them to WiFi. Graham will make it and bring it to you, making sure that it works. Or people can build it themselves (but it may involves more work and cause delay in getting data). A kit costs £40. The parts take 2-4 weeks to arrive from China. Graham can be contacted via Free cycle training 2019 *** CycleBoost is delivered on behalf of Sheffield City Council, promoting sustainable travel and encouraging more people to replace shorter car journeys by travelling by bike.They run free Cycling Courses, whether you are a complete beginner or just want a confidence boost, they can provide a course for you through Pedal Ready. Learn to Ride, Cycle Confidence, Road Confidence, and Electric Bike courses are available. To book your place email 2019 course details Dan Jarvis: Save our bus services! Spring 2019 *** Since privatisation by the Conservatives in 1986, bus use here has halved, despite the pollution and climate problems. In London it has doubled. Government transport funding per person is £4,155 in London, but only £844 in South Yorkshire (source: IPPR North report, Jan 2019). Sheffield Green Party is promoting a petition urging more money and public control, and various improvements. It is aimed at Mayor Dan Jarvis, who has powers to manage our bus services.We urge you to please sign the petition. For further information contact or call 07891 484683.Save Our South Yorkshire Buses petition Sheffield People´s Petition Autumn 2018, petition open until Sep. 2019 *** A petition is aiming to improve the system Sheffield Council uses to make decisions. It urges a referendum to move from the current undemocratic "strong leader" system (just 10 councillors have the power to make nearly all decisions) to a modern committee system where all councillors have real power to represent the communities that elected them. This is a big issue for local democracy, it was covered in an Alt-Sheff article in Now Then magazine.The petition is being run by It´s Our City, a non-party-political community network in Sheffield.UPDATE December 2018Feedback shows there is a big gap in people’s knowledge of how the Council works under the strong leader. Virtually everyone does not know that the power to make nearly all decisions is in the hands of just 10 out of the 84 elected councillors. People are genuinely shocked, and about 80%+ support and sign the petition for change, which is heading towards half of the total necessary signatures.What can you do?SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER help on the campaign Communities, Social Media, Publicity or IT teams: LEAFLETS in your local area/on named streets, email if you can do this. INVITE "It’s Our City" TO YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP to talk for five minutes and to have a discussion about Sheffield People’s Petition, email: PAPER PETITION SHEETS by emailing, and gather signatures from your friends, street, neighbours, colleagues.JOIN in ongoing street stalls, events, signature collecting all around Sheffield (details posted on Facebook group “It’s Our City! Sheffield”).SPREAD THE WORD as much as you can, and keep spreading it - ask questions, and stay informed!A Christmas Single has been made by ‘Jumping’ Jason Leman!´s Our City Petition