World has three years left to stop dangerous climate change, warn experts

On Saturday some of us will be writing messages on Climate Change in a metalwork art workshop with Norfolk artist, Karen Whiterod, entitled Hope Calling. There are still a few places. I think my personal message has to be something about the urgency expressed in the letter this week from Christina Figueres, former UN Climate chief and other experts:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/world-has-three-years-left-to-stop-dangerous-climate-change-warn-expertsNorfolk County Council have helped fund the workshops and the messages will be used to create a photobook to be presented to local MPS.

Trump’s appalling withdrawal from Paris just may have one positive- galvanising enough others to fight climate change actively.

The response from many US cities, states and businesses was encouraging. We need to keep working.

The Leonardo DiCaprio documentary, Before the Flood, remains a good tool. (DiCaprio gave a copy to Ivanka just after the election. It may have affected her attitude.) Invite friends and family round to watch it! Get in touch if you want help setting it up.

After a very busy few months the group has a chance to look ahead. Do send thoughts for our meeting on Monday 12th June (Friends Meeting House barn at 7.30pm) if you can’t come.

Climate Change and Sea level -useful websites from Alex Kirby

An interesting meeting. Well attended.  Thank you to those who came.

Environment Agency – What’s in Your Backyard?

http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/default.aspx

Flood map for planning – https://flood-map-for-planning.service.gov.uk/

Climate change tools to support local flood risk management strategies –http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140328084622/http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/135749.aspx

Wash East Coast Management Strategy – Public Consultation

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/340816/Final_Wash_East_consultation_document_final_180714.pdf

 

Association of British Insurers – Flooding

https://www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/topics-and-issues/flooding/

 

UK Committee on Climate Change

7 December 2015 – https://www.theccc.org.uk/

 

UKCP09

UK Climate Projections, Met Office: http://ukclimateprojections.metoffice.gov.uk/

 

Met Office: Extreme weather, 1990 to 2016

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/

(Shows rainfall, flooding, extreme temperatures &c)

 

Skeptical Science

https://www.skepticalscience.com/sea-level-rise-predictions-basic.htm

( a US site focussed on “Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism”]

 

Emissions limit “is 20 years away”

http://trillionthtonne.org/

 

C40 Cities (megacities)

http://www.c40.org/

 

UKCIP [UK Climate Impacts Programme: with Case studies and Exchanging knowledge & ideas]

http://www.ukcip.org.uk/

 

Transition Network [transition towns]

https://transitionnetwork.org/

 

The Ecologist magazine [Top 10 . . . greenest UK cities] http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/home/807176/top_10_greenest_uk_cities.html

http://www.greensuffolk.org/assets/Greenest-County/Adaptation/General/Summary-of-climate-change-risks-to-

 

Should we be worried about sea level rise living round here?

Alex Kirby, former BBC journalist and environment correspondent will engage with Brian Long of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council (environment portfolio holder before he became leader of the council) on climate change issues in terms of our local response.

This discussion will have two aspects:

  • our response to the effects of climate change, especially projected sea level rise and more extreme weather events, asking whether we are tending to work with over optimistic estimates
  • our local response to the challenge of reducing our carbon footprint in areas such as transport, recycling and use of renewable energy.

A real palm oil victory!

Greenpeace writes:

We did it. HSBC have just announced that they’ll stop funding palm oil companies that destroy the rainforest. 

Burning the rainforest to make space for palm oil plantations in Sumatra and other parts of Indonesia  is not only disastrous for wildlife but has a staggering carbon footprint.

We should feel pretty powerful today  (whether you signed the petition, donated, or badgered them online, you made this happen)- and it’s not everyday you topple a bank! -that’s why it’s probably not the time to rest on our laurels. HSBC isn’t the only bank that’s been putting orangutan habitat at risk. If right now, we make HSBC’s decision as public as possible, we can show just how easy – and what good PR – it would be for other banks to do the same.

The Earth fights back!

Encouraging to get a message from the American Earth Day movement  that they are planning a massive event this year.

Save the date: Saturday April 22nd! Message below:

Do you recognize this famous image?

It’s the poster that American artist Robert Rauschenberg made for the first Earth Day in 1970. On that historic day, over 20 million people across the US took to streets, parks and auditoriums to demand protection of the Earth. The modern environmental movement was born and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts soon followed.

Since that mass action, we’ve come a long way. Our environmental laws have prevented harm at home and been replicated in countries around the world. Earth Day showed that people could use their power to heal the polluted landscape that Rauschenberg depicted.

What’s happening now?

Donald Trump’s administration wants to undo all the gains we’ve achieved over the last half century.

Trump is doing everything he can to ensure that our federal agencies are run by people like Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, and Rex Tillerson–people who’ve spent their careers undermining environmental law. He’s waging a war on science, restarting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines and is likely to withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

This is unacceptable, and with your help, we’re going to do everything possible to oppose Trump’s anti-environment, anti-science agenda. If we don’t act now, the repercussions in the U.S. and around the world will be catastrophic.

As the world’s largest environmental network, Earth Day Network has a critical role to play in mobilizing defense of the planet. Environmental and climate literacy, reforestation, species protection and mobilization of green voters are more critical now than ever.

So what’s next?

With your support, our first move will be to build on the success of the Women’s March and make Earth Day 2017 a referendum on Trump’s agenda. Let’s keep the momentum going and make April 22nd a day of global resistance.