Emergency Action

Last updated 19.7.20

Towards the end of the 2010s climate change became a Climate Emergency, the Climate Crisis – and quite rightly so.   Talk of climate change just hadn’t got us far.

Equally, conservationists pointing to this species or that being under threat raised a few donations, funded a few projects, but the wiping out of our natural world just accelerated.

Here’s a really simple explanation of what Climate change will mean for us all from Greenpeace.

We are in a Climate & Ecological Emergency and that requires urgent action right now.

We don’t have time for consultations, we don’t have time for citizens assemblies – we know what to do and we just need to do it – NOW. 

We need to act now not make commitments for action and sacrifices by our children and grandchildren.   And that action has to focused on drastically cutting GHG emissions   – not pursuing mythological technologies to capture the emissions we fail to reduce. See an in depth explanation here.

Plenty of organisations have already consulted and researched and set out what we need to do – including

Greenpeace

Committee on Climate Change

What part of emergency don’t you understand?

In May 2019 the UK Parliament declared a Climate Emergency.  Here’s a few definitions of “emergency”

“a sudden serious and dangerous event or situation that needs immediate action to deal with it”

“A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.”

Hmmm – well we can argue about whether the Climate crisis is sudden or unexpected – but the key issue is that an emergency requires IMMEDIATE action to deal with it.  

So far immediate action to deal with the Climate Emergency is far from happening.   We need to keep on campaigning until our media, Governments, Local Authorities and corporations take that “immediate action to deal with” the Climate & Ecological Emergency.

Why are we only hearing so much about the Climate Emergency now?

Quite simply because taking emergency action will affect the profits of some very powerful corporations, and those organisations have spent millions trying to cast doubt and confusion.

Here’s a good explanation – Timeline – Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline   Note in particular “1959 – The physicist Edward Teller tells the American Petroleum Institute (API) a 10% increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York. “I think that this chemical contamination is more serious than most people tend to believe.”

“1981 –
An internal Exxon memo warns “it is distinctly possible” that CO2 emissions from the company’s 50-year plan “will later produce effects which will indeed be catastrophic (at least for a substantial fraction of the Earth’s population)”.

If our Governments and corporations fail to take emergency action, what can we do?

Educate

Legal action

Eat sustainably and kindly

Less is more

Divest

Campaign, lobby and protest

Restore nature

Go forwards not back

Landmark legal cases by Plan B aim to protect our young people's future

Making your funds go further

Transport Action Network - Legal challenge of the Government’s ‘largest ever’ road building programme

Coal Action - South Lakes Action on Climate Change

An emergency like no other – legal action

Greenpeace Net Expectations investor briefing

Mock COP - we spoke, now you act

Protecting our Oceans

Mock COP 26

Climate Action

Teach The Future - Calls to invest in low-carbon skills

Transport Action Network – Legal challenge to stop RIS2