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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not giving up- DiCaprio meeting with Trump on green jobs

Dreadful – and farcical- news about appointment of Scott Pruitt (climate change denier who has sued the EPA in relation to Obama’s moves to cut greenhouse gases from coal-fired power stations) as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, but environmentalists keep up the fight. DiCaprio met with Trump yesterday about the opportunities for business growth in the green economy and gave Ivanka Trump a copy of his Before the Flood documentary.

Have you seen it yet?

I wonder if we can build more links with environmental groups in the States, and start by sending Christmas messages of support?

On a slightly different tack, do we want to affiliate to Friends of the Earth?

 

 

An event to lift the spirits!

On Saturday morning forty people gathered in the bright late autumn sunshine to plant two dozen big Liquidambar saplings on Anthony Nolan Road, at the entrance to King’s Reach, beyond Fairstead.

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The planters included employees from the Public Open Space section of the Borough Council, with Operations Manager, Sarah Moore, a good strong  team from COWA, an enthusiastic group from the High Street McDonald’s  enjoying the ‘green fun’ to quote Lewis Catton, plus residents of King’s Reach and members of the King’s Lynn Climate Concern group who had suggested the tree planting project.

 

The KLimate Concern group promotes tree planting as one positive step towards mitigating the effects of climate change since trees absorb carbon dioxide, the most widespread greenhouse gas.  Jonathan Burr, an active member of the group, is passionate about tree planting. He pointed to the startling shortfall over the last two years in the government’s own tree planting targets through the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust charity’s campaign to get ordinary people to plant 64 million trees over ten years, one for each of us in Britain.

 

‘We should be planting trees every weekend for the next few months, unless it’s actually frosty. From November to March is the perfect time.’

 

The Woodland Trust www.woodlandtrust.org.uk give will help with advice and resources. KLimate Concern are happy to give encouragement, may have access to some free trees and are looking for other places to plant.  Please contact us :  email hidden; JavaScript is required

One message might be that we need to work even harder at spreading the word

atrump-victory-statue-of-libertynd 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?

 

 

 

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Food for thought and delicious nosh!

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!

25-vegetarian-vegan-lunch-6-nov-2016At 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.

27-vegetarian-vegan-lunch-6-nov-2016If 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.

A historic day? a post from 350.org

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.

That’s why we’ve begun a global call to halt new fossil fuel development ahead of the next UN climate meeting in Morocco. The meeting starts next week — help send the message that real climate action requires halting new fossil fuel projects now and building a just transition that makes 100% renewable energy accessible to all.

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.

Today the deal comes into force. Governments should show they’re serious by stopping all new fossil fuel projects, across the board — and then begin the transition to 100% renewable energy we deserve.

 

Before the Flood: from 30th Oct free streaming of Leonardo Dicaprio’s new climate film

before-the-floodFisher 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.

THOM POWERS

Fracking and Barclays

downloadThis 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.

For more information and resources go to

http://gofossilfree.org/uk/stop-barclays-fracking/

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