This is an Emergency
Extinction. Emergency. Crisis. Hardly words that fill you with hope, are they? But perhaps it is exactly what we all need to hear, what those that make the decisions need to hear and talk about, instead of banging on about a certain referendum that, it is safe to say, everyone is bored of hearing about.
In last month’s blog we discussed the ongoing ‘Attenborough’ effect; for years we have been transfixed by the wonderful images and stories portrayed so effortlessly to us, but now the tone is sterner, more serious, more urgent. The ‘Our Planet’ series has drawn many to tears and the one-off documentary, ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ (which I urge everybody to watch) was a bold, powerful statement to everyone…and everyone listened.
Within hours the Committee on Climate Change announced that the UK must be net-zero by 2050 and the House of Commons declared a Climate Emergency (with several local authorities following suit) amid a wave of protests, headed by Extinction Rebellion, the scale of which this country has not really ever seen before.
Greta Thunberg, the ‘schoolgirl climate change warrior’, has begun a movement that started with a sole vigil against the global inaction and has since exploded to the level of global revolution. Fridays for Future school climate strikes are continuing to take place across the world this week as the message reaches new audiences; even the terminology is changing, ‘climate change’ is vague and misleading, ‘climate crisis’ carries far more punch and accuracy.
It is an exciting time, but actions speak louder than words. Whilst the first coal-free week in over a century happened at just the right time and was an incredible achievement, showing just how far we have come in a short space of time, it needs to keep happening and not just in the UK.
There is a lot of hard work ahead; achieving the net-zero target by 2050 will not be a walk in the park but it is achievable. We all have our part to play. The regulations are being put in place, the actions are beginning to follow the words, they need to, we need to.
Survival. Innovation. Hope. We should not despair. We will all make a difference, whether at home or at work, however seemingly insignificant, every action is an action worth doing.
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