Personal statements from Supporters about GlosCAN’s Starting Points and Aims
I believe that I, as an inhabitant of planet earth, have a duty of care and must make a personal contribution by making personal lifestyle changes. I also believe that I should make every effort to share my concerns and find positive ways to influence government at all levels.
– Jerry Barr
The involvement in action to address climate change should be deep and thorough including the public, businesses, local state institutions and form an effective ‘environmental citizenship’. The stance of Gloscan should be all-out. Link closely with global policy and SDGs [sustainable development goals].
– Nick James
I find the way that we treat our planet (and often each other) painfully sad and disheartening. It is very selfish and takes no account of the needs of future generations or other species. If we can all making small changes in our lives then benefits will become apparent, and others may be inspired to greater changes. This requires communication and support within communities. This is what I hope GlosCAN will achieve over time.
– Barbara Weavers
They are informed, are unavoidable, and need shouting from the rooftops.
– Mike Parker
Action on climate change fundamentally affects all future social, economic and technical developments and policies, locally, nationally and internationally.
– Jon Barrance (Transition Stroud, champion for Zero Carbon Britain)
We have to find practical ways to influence politicians to take decisions which will mitigate the effects of climate change and to take actions locally which demonstrate what can be achieved if people act together.
– Jon Hill
Our parish is committed to reducing our environmental impact and hope to work with others in promoting a more sustainable future.
– Rev. Matthew Cottrell (Church of St Paul and St Stephen, Gloucester)
Because I agree with the important recognition that the Paris agreement is not doing enough and that we need to pressure businesses and government to make more of a change right now.
– Naomi Richards
I work in sustainability education and believe passionately that we need to work together to protect the natural environment.
– Mark Stead
Climate change is at the heart of what we need to do to make the world, and society more sustainable, just and happy.
– Senan Clifford
I endorse all that you are doing, and thank you for your efforts to save our planet at this critical time.
– Heather Slater
The need to protect our landscapes, defend our communities and provide security for our families from the impacts of climate change is why I am a GlosCAN supporter. We need strong voices like GlosCAN taking action, holding elected representatives to account and demanding action.
– Sarah Lunnon (Green Party parliamentary candidate for Stroud 2017, previously member of Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council)
Having a background in science (with a PhD from Cambridge) I have become concerned in recent years at the lack of urgency on the increasingly evident man-made global warming, and often the polarised nature of discourse. I see global warming as the issue that now frames all other development goals and will require us all to transform almost all aspects of our economy, including decarbonizing energy and transport. I am therefore keen, as I approach retirement, to support GlosCAN in its goal of engaging local people, businesses and organizations to engage in a dialogue on how we meet the Paris Agreement objectives; to translate concern into action. I also write and speak on climate change (see www.essaysconcerning.com).
– Dr Richard Erskine (Chair of NCAT, Nailsworth Climate Action Town)
The vast majority of the human population are ignoring the fact that drastic action is necessary in order to avoid severe climate change which will, if left unchecked,result in the extinction of the human race. There are very few of us (apparently) who accept that something needs to be done and NOW; any group that grasps this simple reality should be supported.
– Richard Maisey
Addressing the causes of climate change is, ultimately, the biggest issue of our age. Whatever we can do to move the world in the direction of addressing these causes, each in our own way, and however big or small, is a GOOD THING.
– Professor Warwick Fox, (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire)
Climate change is the big issue facing the world today but governments and the world of commerce are not doing enough to bring about change. Local action is essential to build the possibility of changing hearts, minds and practices.
– Isis Brook
I am a grandmother and have worked with children and families throughout my career. Faced by the increasing risks posed by climate change, I feel a strong imperative to play my part in any way that I can to leave future generations a world in which they can thrive. I believe that this can best be achieved by being well informed about the science of climate change and the individual and collective actions that should be taken.
– Anne Knight-Elliott
Being part of a larger group of people who also care about our planet and its future gives me hope as an individual. Climate Change is the biggest single issue we face, if we do not act quickly to stop Climate Change, there will be no future for any of us! I am therefore proud to support GlosCAN’s Aims.
– Cate Cody – (Green Party candidate for Tewkesbury, general election 2017)
Glad to find there is an organisation to get this subject promoted.
– June Mansbridge
Climate Change is one of the biggest challenges that we face, which is why I welcome organisations like GlosCAN that are dedicated to furthering the science based debate and action that is so badly needed to address this global problem.
The South West can and should be a source of many of the solutions to climate change but, post the Leave referendum result, campaigns like GlosCAN are essential to ensure the government not only deliver on their Paris promises but also support the green energy industry in our region.
– Clare Moody, MEP (South West Region)
As a Green MEP I constantly try to ensure we have the legislation that will both mitigate against the future impacts of climate change but also legislation to reduce the likelihood of experiencing significant global warming. As a politician however there are limits to what I can do. That is why I am delighted to support local organisations such as GlosCAN that raise awareness of not only the problem but also the potential solution within our communities.
– Molly Scott Cato, MEP (South West Region)
I am very happy to support the strategy GlosCAN has outlined which is in line with the work I have been doing as a member of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament for the last seven years.
Climate Change is a huge challenge, a global problem that must be addressed. I welcome GlosCAN’s initiative and will work with them to achieve their goals.
– Julie Girling, MEP (South West Region)
We know the changes in our climate are already significant, if unchecked, they pose probably the greatest threat to Britain that we have ever faced. Yet we have a monster-size disconnect between what is going on in politics and what the science says is needed. The longer we put off taking serious action the harder and more costly it will be. We need action now. While much of the media seems to misreport or ignore this issue GlosCAN is taking a lead locally in raising awareness and calling for action.
– Philip Booth (Stroud Community TV)
In the past few years I’ve travelled to the Arctic and the South Pacific and seen for myself the effects a warming world is having on our natural environment, the consequences of which we can only begin to understand. The knowledge is there to move to a clean, sustainable way of living and still meet our high demands for energy and a decent living standard. But is there the political will? GlosCAN can provide an broad-based network of supporters to press decision-makers locally and nationally to get a move on. Time is running out.
– Councillor Doina Cornell (Stroud District Council)
I am hugely concerned about climate change and the consequences of this worldwide.
– Alice Murray
As a beekeeper, Buglife supporter and active citizen, I am very concerned about the environmental impact of Fracking and Chemical pollution of our countryside.
With Climate Change this will cause many further problems.
I was made aware that in the USA in Oregon they are concerned at the number of people moving from the south to cooler climes.
– Gordon Sim
Because I already follow existing international and locally agreed protocols (Agenda 21) that entirely align with GlosCAN aims, for example Restorative Land Use: Paris 2015 and beyond… (Schumacher Institute)
– Julian Jones (Water21)
I believe that the current rate of change to the climate is the biggest threat to all life on Earth.
– Sharon Goodson
Climate change threatens everything we hold dear, particularly the flourishing of our children and grandchildren. Grass-roots movements like GlosCAN are the best hope of mobilising the actions that are necessary to meet this threat.
– Peter Boait
There is an urgent need to support the prosperity and rights of our planet earth!
– Councillor Skeena Rathor (Stroud District Council)
Vital or we’ll have no life or world to worry about.
I support GlosCAN’s aims because this problem has been around for so many years now and there is often talk and no do. This organisation is doing what it can. Please support it!
– Jane Doggett
Climate Justice is something we can all address, both locally and globally. Here in Gloucestershire we care deeply about our Earth and we live in a land that is much loved. Ours is a duty of care for both people and planet, near and far.
– Polly Higgins, barrister, ecocide law expert, author of Eradicating Ecocide
Climate change is the single most important challenge facing humanity today. Although we all have different vocations, any life path that doesn’t include an effort to reduce our carbon footprint seems to me irresponsible. It’s far too important an issue to be the preserve of the political left, and far too urgent for the burden of taking action to be left only to a few well-meaning individuals. This is something that humans from across society must face together. It starts with identifying reliable sources of information, and continues as we learn and inform ourselves, and debate possible solutions while respecting different values and viewpoints. Let the universal conversation begin.
– Rachel Beckett (editor and writer, columnist in Stroud News)
Whilst I accept the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence about the causes of climate change, I’m hoping that GlosCAN will be able to hold civilised discussion with those who still harbour doubts http://greengloucestershire.org.uk/i-am-sceptical/
– Arthur Champion, Environmental Adviser to Gloucester Diocese, Gloucester Churches Environmental Justice Network (GCEJN)
Doing the right thing for the future isn’t necessarily going to be expensive if we start now. On the other hand if we wait a decade or two only the most expensive options will be left.
– Tim Martel
We all have a part to play in fighting the biggest danger our planet faces. This can range from personal actions, such as changing behaviour, telling friends and publicising the cause and joining together to share ideas and make a noise! We can’t afford to not take radical action now. We owe it to the planet.
– Adam Van Coevorden (Cheltenham Green Party candidate, 2017)
Because the environment should be a key political issue, especially climate change.
– David Drew, MP for Stroud (Labour Co-operative)
I am one of the voluntary directors of Transition Stroud and believe that Gloscan and the Transition Movement must work together to ensure the issue of climate change and sustainability are constantly at the fore of the public discussion and debate.
– Erik Wilkinson, Director, Transition Stroud
I am especially concerned with the psycho- (psychological) dynamics that underpin our collective denial about, and fixated defences against, acknowledging our species’ degree of environmental abuse, along with associated psycho-social perspectives, and how we can find a way into the deep psychological healing and change that are a crucial necessary condition for successfully addressing and transcending environmental abuse and climate change. This must include a deep experiential engagement with the traumatic psychological roots that underpin and drive capitalism, materialism, technology addiction and their associated mindset and psychopathologies. I am deeply influenced by the work of psycho-social analyst and head of the Apollo Project, David Wasdell (www.meridian.org.uk/Resources.htm), and I am a former psychotherapist myself.
– Richard House
Engaging as many people as possible in clear understandable dialogue on the greatest peril humans have ever faced is a task that must be achieved and very soon. A cross political party approach will be vital to achieve the unity required because the common ground of human survival is greater than any fringe differences on this topic.
– Greg Dance
It may be a cliché or soundbite but I believe thinking global and acting local is an important part of halting climate change.
– Sam MacMahon