and not just to like minded people. Work on getting into conversation with a wider section about climate change. We’ve got the new Before the Flood film, free to screen in your home. What about inviting a group of people in for some food and the film?
Our vegan and vegetarian lunch followed by the talk from Joyce d’Silva proved both enjoyable and informative. The food was delicious – thank you to everyone!
At the same time we learnt some sobering things – both about how animals are kept, especially in the really big zero grazing type farms and about the role of livestock farming in producing greenhouse gases, slightly more than all transport combined. For me, one sobering fact was the predicted growth in livestock and dairy farming worldwide, both predicted by the FAO to double between 2000 and 2050.
If enough of us cut back on meat and dairy, not necessarily cutting it out, we can make a real difference. Without dietary change the Paris climate targets are beyond our reach.
Yesterday the Paris Agreement, a global climate deal signed by 196 countries, came into force. This is a historic moment fought for by hundreds of thousands of people on every continent.
The problem is that too many governments are still taking actions that contradict the words set down in the agreement. The new math* on climate change shows that every new fossil fuel project — every coal mine, every gas well, every oil pipeline — violates the goals laid out in Paris.
The Paris agreement promises to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, and aim for 1.5 degrees. If you add up the carbon pollution contained in existing oil wells, gas fields and coal mines, it’s enough to burn through those targets — and then some.
We’re in a hole, and the first step to getting out of it is to stop digging. Building any new fossil fuel project poses a danger to the lives of people put at risk due to climate change, and jeopardizes the Paris climate agreement.
When the Paris deal was signed, tens of thousands of people were in the streets, pledging to defend the red lines of climate safety. We’ve kept our word since then — it’s time that governments did the same.
Fisher Stevens’ latest documentary (formerly titled The Turning Point) chronicles Leonardo DiCaprio’s campaign to raise global awareness about the dangers of climate change in his role as a UN Ambassador of Peace.
Future generations will judge us by how we deal with climate change. Before the Flood is a rousing call to action from longtime environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio and actor/filmmaker/Oscar-winning documentary producer Fisher Stevens (The Cove). Named as a United Nations Ambassador of Peace, DiCaprio is on a mission. The film follows him as he travels to multiple countries, bearing witness to climate change on a scale that no one should deny.
From the toxic tar sands of Alberta to the frequently flooded streets of Miami Beach, from the smog-choked avenues of Beijing to the incinerated forests of Indonesia, DiCaprio meets with scientists, politicians, and activists to face the facts: natural disasters are becoming more frequent, wildlife is vanishing, communities are being destroyed. What is to be done?
This isn’t the first environmental documentary and it won’t be the last. But DiCaprio’s charisma makes it one of the most accessible. His passion and inquisitiveness radiate in his blunt talk and genuine curiosity. He confesses to feelings of pessimism, but he receives motivating wisdom from luminaries including entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk, meteorologist and astronaut Piers Sellers, activist and environmentalist Sunita Narain, and President of the United States Barack Obama.
As it sweeps us along on its fascinating tour, Before the Flood reminds us of the beauty and diversity of our world. It also galvanizes us to do whatever it takes to save the planet — and ourselves.
This week, October 24-29, people from all across the UK will be taking action against Barclays Bank over their financial support for fracking and for their investments in other destructive fossil fuel projects around the world.
Barclays owns a 97% controlling stake in Third Energy, the fracking company granted permission to start test drilling for shale gas in Ryedale.
This is the first time that a major high street bank has directly invested in fracking in the UK and is happening as scientists tell us we need to leave 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground to stop catastrophic climate change. If enough of us take part this October – by talking or writing to the bank managers, sharing our message on social media, closing bank accounts or taking action at Barclays branches – we can pressure Barclays to stop funding fracking. KLimate Concern aren’t organising an event as such, as our autumn programme has been very full but there is an event outside Barclays in Cambridge on Saturday 29th at 11am. Think about joining in that! Further details through the link below.
Pressure from customers will convince Barclays that fracking isn’t worth it and whether or not you bank with Barclays, you could tell them you’re unhappy that they are funding fracking in the UK.
Check out projects that Jannine Parry spoke about at last meeting Umbel Organics box scheme, From the Earth co-op out at Eddie Cross’s Abbey Farm at Flitcham. Feedback anti food waste charity.
Greyfriars Arts Space Festival Aug 21st 12-4 in Tower Gardens KLimate Concern presence
Recycling week Early evening meeting upstairs in the lovely Groundwork Gallery 6.30pm Tuesday 13th September with David Thompson, recycling officer and Michael de Whalley. Get to ask those questions that bug you. Watch film clip of Costessey recycling plant. Pop-up stall in town on Thursday 15th and 12.30 meeting at Town Hall.
Another shared meal planned– a Sunday lunch, November 6th Joyce d’Silva from Compassion in World Farming continuing our thinking on food and climate change.
Plans for Climate Coalition Week of Action in October- arts event. Karen Whiterod of Footprints Arts planning really exciting Climate Change concern themed art workshop on Saturday 15th October. (Final exhibition on Earth Day 2017 part of our event in St Nicholas Chapel? seems ideal.)
Jannine from Umbel Organics was unable to join us for the meal and film on July 3rd but is coming to our meeting on Wednesday 27th, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Bridge St PE30 5AB. Do come and bring ideas for discussion. We will be planning for Recycling Week and for the Week of Action in October.
GroundWork gallery shows the work of contemporary artists who care about how we see the world. Exhibitions and creative programmes will plan to explore how art can enable us to respond to the changing environment and imagine how we can shape its future. KLimate Concern is encouraged by the prospect of a dialogue with Groundwork.
We really enjoyed eating together on July 3rd with lots of vegetarian and vegan delights. Some of us that evening or later watched the film Cowspiracy (available on Netflix). We’d love your thoughts.
Over the run up to the Paris talks- and at Paris- the emphasis was on the carbon footprint of fuels – heating and transport- but food production also has a massive role in creating greenhouse gases. Since 1960 global meat production has more than trebled and milk production more than doubled.