Great turn out at Disruption – What next?

There was a great turn out at the Disruption film on Tuesday 23rd June, between sixty and seventy people.  Some people found it too distressing and lacking in ideas for individual and local action. A couple of young people have gone away with ideas of making their own short films with a local slant. Someone else has suggested a campaign to persuade town centre shops not to have open doors, especially in the winter. we are planning a ‘teach-in’ in the early autumn.

VICTORY! Seriously, G7 Says Goodbye to Fossil Fuels!

13/6 I had this email from Avaaz yesterday. Something to celebrate!

Many told us it was a pipe dream, but the G7 Summit of leading world powers just committed to getting the global economy off fossil fuels forever!!!

Even the normally cynical media is raving that this is a huge deal.

And it’s one giant step closer to a huge win at the Paris summit in December — where the entire world could unite behind the same goal of a world without fossil fuels — the only way to save us all from catastrophic climate change.

For 2 years our community has led global public mobilisation for this goal, including:

  • spearheading the gigantic, momentum-changing, 700,000 strong climate march last year
  • a 2.7 million person petition for 100% clean/0 carbon delivered to dozens of key leaders
  • scores of rallies, high-level lobbying meetings, opinion polls, and ad campaigns, all funded by our community
  • a 3 month all-out push for the G7 summit leadership, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to put this on the agenda and agree to this goal

Our work is far from done, but it’s a day to celebrate — click here to read more and say congratulations to everyone else in this incredibly wonderful community!!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_here_we_come/?bLCvdab&v=60188

“TheWe spearheaded the largest climate march in history – nearly 700,000 strong and a game-changer for political momentum.

Just last year climate change seemed to many of us like a behemoth that was dooming our species to a significant probability of extinction due to our own stupidity and corruption.

But with hope, and good strategy, (the Avaaz effect:)), and the efforts of many leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis, and organisations like our friends at 350 and the Guardian newspaper’s work on fossil fuel divestment, as well as killer research from groups like the World Resources Institute, most experts now believe the tide is turning, and momentum is building to get a global deal in Paris this year that will set the world on course to a solution. It will be a long fight, we cannot afford to drop our guard, but today, we celebrate a battle won!!!

With gratitude and joy,

Ricken, Alice, Emma, Iain, and the whole Avaaz team

PS: the G7 declaration is just a commitment, and we need to hold them accountable, but commitments matter – sending an immediate signal to dirty and clean energy investors that will help accelerate the clean-energy boom we desperately need. There’s more info on the summit and how we helped win this on our celebration page:

Are the churches speaking out at all?

“Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity,” says the declaration at the end of the early May Vatican summit, The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, . “In this core moral space, the world’s religions play a very vital role.”

Vatican watchers and climate experts say the meeting shows that Pope Francis is − in marked contrast to his predecessors − keen for the Catholic church to be more involved in the climate change issue, and is also urging other religions to become more actively engaged.

The papal encyclical on the environment is due to be published this summer. It is said to be complete and is in the process of translation. Pope Francis has said over the two years since his election that he believes climate change is caused by human action. So It is expected that the encyclical will call for much stronger environmental protection, including limits on greenhouse gas emissions. A poll carried out on behalf of CAFOD (the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England/Wales) found that between 72 and 80 percent of Catholics feel that we should care for God’s creation and that we have a moral obligation to protect the world’s poorest people (many of whom are, or will be impacted by climate change). The papal encyclical will be published ahead of the December meeting in Paris of global leaders and hopefully will have an impact on the decisions agreed there.

Christopher Lindley

 

Is there any point? Please add your thoughts below….

This is a personal appeal for your help. We are planning to show a well-made 2014 fifty minute documentary DISRUPTION in June – on Tuesday 23rd at 7.30pm at Marriott’s Warehouse. The Community Cinema Club will advertise it but my experience is that people – especially new people – will only come if they receive personal invitations. I will send out flyers for it in the next couple of weeks. We have an hour’s planning meeting at 8pm this coming Monday (11.05.15) at The Friends Meeting House, Bridge Street and on June 17th there is a parliamentary Lobby and rally in London.

A bye-line of the film isWhen it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

It’s easy to lose the impetus we had back in January when we showed The Age of Stupid. I meet  a lot of people who have no sense of the urgency of the situation and quite a few people who feel there is no point in trying to do anything.

I find myself having this sort of conversation :

  • Is there any point?

If we care about the world we will leave our children and grandchildren, we must act.

  • But mass action sometimes achieves nothing. What about the anti-Iraq War demo?

True – but there are many examples of effectiveness.

  • Mass movements tend to be simplistic…

True but you have to start somewhere. Time is very short to make a difference, but some real momentum is building through the ‘Keep it in the Ground’ Campaign championed by the Guardian, and at the end of this year there will be a vital meeting in Paris.

Please add your thoughts below!

 

This weekend in Germany plus urgent message to Sweden from 350.org

Wow. This weekend over 6,000 people formed a 7.5km-long human chain against coal extraction in Germany.  The Rhineland lignite open-pit mines are the largest source of CO2 in Europe.

Like you and me, these 6000 people understand that to secure a stable climate and just transition to 100% renewable energy, we have to start keeping fossil fuels in the ground — starting with the dirtiest fuels like lignite coal.

Yet we’ve learnt that Sweden’s national energy company, Vattenfall, plans to sell off its huge German coal operations to the highest bidder over the summer – they contain over a billion tonnes of CO2 that will be burnt if it’s sold.

HELP US STOP THE SALE —   Tell Sweden to lead the way by keeping Vattenfall’s coal reserves in the ground: http://gofossilfree.org/sweden/  

An overwhelming majority of Swedes believe their government should halt the sale and instead set an example for other nations by transitioning Vattenfall into a sustainable, renewable energy company.

The campaigning group 350.org has teamed up with Greenpeace Sweden to help raise voices from all across Europe in opposition to the sale.

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Welcome to KLimateBlog.uk!

Hello!  Some of us in King’s Lynn who are very concerned about climate change felt that a blog and website would be a good way of communicating. Hugh has set this up – please use it to share thoughts and information.

A group of twenty people met for the first time in January. We watched the Pete Postlethwaite film, The Age of Stupid. After watching this, we had an even stronger sense that this is a vital time in terms of our response to climate change issues, a short window when we may be able to make a real difference to the future.  Spreading the word seems enormously important.  That film is available to borrow- and lend to others, and we’re aiming to show the 2014 documentary Disruption.