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9 May 2019
“From local crisis to global climate emergency”
A group of nineteen local residents brought together by a minor neighbourhood emergency has written to David Drew MP to express their concern about the global climate emergency.
Text of the open letter to David Drew MP – from residents and users of Uplands Road, Stroud, 7 May 2019:
Dear Mr Drew
We are very concerned about the inadequacy of governments’ national actions and international cooperation to limit climate change.
We are a group of people who have come together, not to campaign about climate change or any other major issues, but simply to deal with some issues affecting our street, namely repeated failures of the mains water supply pipe and deterioration of the road surface.
With (eventually) the cooperation of the water company, these are issues we can cope with by working together.
By contrast, we feel powerless to do anything meaningful to deal with the relentlessly increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, and the threats they pose to the world we (especially children) will experience in future.
Three decades ago, when some of us were not even born, politicians (including the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher) started making speeches about the need to limit the causes of global warming. As you know, in October last year, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned the world that humanity has only about one decade left for action to limit global warming to a tolerable level (1.5°C).
The first action needed is to get global emissions of greenhouse gases to stop increasing and then start decreasing steeply. This has been called “bending the curve”.
We do not know how to make that happen, but then why should we? That is what we expect politicians and their specialist advisers to work out, above all by working together at international level. This does not seem to be happening in an effective manner.
We hope that you and other politicians will get the message that if a diverse group of people brought together by a small neighbourhood emergency are also concerned about the unfolding climate emergency, there must be countless others wanting to see genuinely effective national and international leadership on climate change emerge, and very soon.
We also hope that this expression of concern may inspire other informal groups to remind their political representatives of their responsibility to give climate change the priority it needs, and to do so this year.
The carbon clock is ticking
How much time remains until the Earth’s CO2 budget is used up? Click on the 1.5 deg C button at the top of the picture above (source – Mercator Research Institute) to see the estimates for how long we have left to avoid 1.5 deg C of warming.
Greta Thunberg: ‘You did not act in time’: speech to MPs, 23 April 2019
My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations.
I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science.
Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask?
In the year 2030 I will be 26 years old. My little sister Beata will be 23. Just like many of your own children or grandchildren. That is a great age, we have been told. When you have all of your life ahead of you. But I am not so sure it will be that great for us.
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World ‘nowhere near on track’ to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target
– Key UN report says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity
Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action
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Quote from The Times: Public ‘unaware of enormous scale of action needed…’ 10 Nov 1989
‘The public was unaware of the enormous scale of action that was needed to tackle the threat to the world’s climate, Sir Ian Lloyd (Havant, Conservative), chairman of the select committee on energy, told MPs. Speaking in a Commons debate on world climate change and his committee’s report on the greenhouse effect, he said that keeping man’s tenancy on Earth might require a worldwide programme by which all previous endeavours, even in war and in putting a man on the moon, “will pale into insignificance.”’ The Times.
Quoted in Autogeddon by Heathcote Williams, 1991
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CO2 budget graphic at top of page: Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)