– WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT…CLIMATE CHANGE
This is the first in a new series for the podcast of commentary type episodes, some might even say rants, about some of the big sustainable issues we're facing right now.
I hope you enjoy!
I couldn't sleep last night, and I got to thinking, and then to worrying, and then to freaking out, about climate change.
The latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change) report said that we need to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C and highlights the differences we might see with a 1.5C rise versus a 2C increase. And it turns out that that 0.5C is pretty critical.
And even more worryingly, the report states that we now have just 12 years to take action to prevent a climate crisis.
That's 2030 - which sounds an age away, but it's not.
It's 12 years. I've been with my husband for longer than that (he may argue that it feels way longer...).
In 12 years time my kids will be 22 and 19. They should have the world at their feet.
But if nothing changes they might well be looking at us in disbelief and disgust that we didn't act when we still could.
This matters so much it physically hurts me to think about it.
And time is running out if we want to create a better, truly more sustainable future.
If we want to mitigate the worst effects of the climatic changes we have already created.
In a recent study into how MPs understand and respond to climate change, one of the findings was that "politicians speaking and acting on climate change must construct a ‘representative claim’ to justify their proposed actions, and to show why and how they are in the interests of the represented." And that our MPs don't feel like they have that justification as they aren't hearing from us, their constituents, that climate change is an issue we want them to take action on.
We can change that.
Very quickly we can change that.
So today, after listening to this, I want you to tweet your MP, or send an e-mail, or write them a good old-fashioned hand-written letter (or all 3).
- Ask them what they are doing on climate change
- Ask them what their party is doing in response to the latest IPCC report
- Ask them how they intend to make that the government take the 'unprecedented' action necessary to secure the future for our kids
Don't be fobbed off with politicians bullshit answers - keep asking - channel your inner John Humphrys.
Make your voice heard.
PS. There's a blog post here with another 4 easy things you can do TODAY that will have a big impact on your carbon footprint 🙂
PPS. If you're not sure who your MP is, you can find out here.