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How to Take Action to Stop The Cambo Oil Field Going Ahead

Feeling overwhelmed by the latest IPCC report? Here’s how to take action to help stop the Cambo Oil Field from going ahead to help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, and limit planetary warming.

Every few years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the United Nation’s climate science body – produces a major report on the state of the climate crisis. On 9th August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its most recent report. What it told us was that we need to halve global greenhouse gas emissions and we need to half them fast to help limit planetary warming to 1.5°C.

From the report, it is clear that global emissions need to peak by around 2025 and then plunge rapidly towards zero. However, just this month Boris Johnson made it clear that he would not block plans to create a new oilfield in the North Sea, known as Cambo. Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon has not called for it to be blocked either.

Quite a few people that I have spoken to said that the IPCC report has made them feel anxious and angry, and feeling helpless in the face of crisis.  I say put those feelings to good use.  Below I’ve set out concrete steps that you can take to oppose the Cambo Oil Field that the UK Government plans to develop.

crowd shot of climate change protest, with red banner in centre that says "climate action now" in response to Cambo Oil Field

How To Take Action on Cambo Oil Field

Whilst the pandemic has meant that in-person protests are not as accessible as they once were, there are still many ways that you can take action on the Cambo Oil Field plans:

Email Your Local Elected Official

Whether it’s your local Member of Parliament (MP), Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), or Member of the Senedd (MS/AS), writing to your local elected official is incredibly important. This lets them know that their constituents are concerned about these issues and holds them to account.

It’s easy to forget, but elected officials work for us. They are there to represent the views of their constituents in parliament. If they don’t know the views of their constituents, they can’t voice these views.

If you’ve never emailed your local elected official, then don’t worry, it’s really easy. The Write To Them website is a useful resource that lets you pop in your postcode to find out who your elected officials are. You can then choose who you send your email to, and also send it directly via The Write to Them website.

Sample Letter To Your Local MP

A sample email to your local MP might look like this:

Dear [insert name of your MP here], I am writing to you as a constituent of [insert your constituency here] because I am concerned about climate change.

Through the publication of the IPCC Climate Change Report, climate scientists have stated that it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land.  What’s more, we need to halve global greenhouse gas emissions and we need to half them fast to help limit planetary warming to 1.5°C.

In order to meet the goal of keeping global temperature rises beneath 1.5oC, it is clear that we need a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. Cambo Oil Field is not compatible with this rapid requirement to halve global greenhouse gas emissions to help limit temperature rises.

With extreme heat and record-breaking temperatures, deadly fires across Europe, the United States, and catastrophic floods in Europe and China, this summer alone, we are already seeing the deadly effects of global heating. Therefore, every fraction of a degree of heating that we can avoid, the more lives that can be saved. With this information in mind, and in the year of COP26, allowing new oil exploration at Cambo would simply be inexcusable and reckless.

On behalf of everyone in [insert your constituency here], I am directly asking you to champion policies in parliament that ensure that the Cambo Oil Field does not go ahead. Can you please also reassure me that, as my local elected official, that you will not support Cambo Oil Field exploration?

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely,

[your name]

On behalf of [insert local organisation(s) if relevant]

Postcode

Feel free to copy and paste this template to email your elected official, or edit as you see fit. You can also share this text with friends and family, and encourage them to write to their elected officials too.

Sign Cambo Oil Field Petitions

Signing Stop Cambo Oil Field petitions is also a great way to add your voice to collective climate action.

There are a few going about right now, but Friends of the Earth probably have the most authoritative petition. You can sign the Friends of The Earth open letter to tell the UK government to reject plans for oil extraction in the Cambo Field. Remember to share the petition with your friends and family, and encourage them to sign it, to help amplify its reach.

Paid to Pollute is also a great campaign to support. Here a group of UK citizens is taking the UK Government to court to bring to an end unfair tax breaks for fossil fuel companies.

According to Paid to Pollute, oil and gas companies like BP and Shell have paid zero tax in the UK, whilst also receiving hundreds of millions in handouts from the UK Government. In fact, figures show that from 2015-2019 the UK government paid:

  • Shell £374 million
  • BP £675 million
  • Canadian Natural Resources £584 million
  • Exxon Mobil £458 million & £374 million

To repeat, UK taxpayers have paid oil companies millions to keep drilling for oil, yet received nothing from the big polluters in those years.

If you would like to see the end of public money being used to prop up the oil and gas industry and instead see public money being used to support a managed phase-out of oil and gas production, decent green jobs and a just transition for workers and affected communities then you can sign the petition here, to show your support to their case. You can donate to the campaign here to help support legal costs.

Move Your Money

One of the lesser-known links to fossil fuel extraction is the link between fossil fuels and your bank account and pension scheme.

It’s really important to switch to an ethical bank because the money that we deposit into our bank account doesn’t just sit in a vault until we need to withdraw it.  Banks use the money that we deposit in our current and savings accounts to fund their other profit-making banking activities. From loans to investments, your money supports that.

It’s important to understand that the banks aren’t just investing their money, they’re investing our money that we deposit in our accounts. This means, depending on who you bank with, your money could be funding all sorts of projects that you don’t agree with and don’t necessarily know about. This could potentially include the Cambo Oil Field.

Did you know that between 2015 and 2018 alone, the world’s biggest banks have invested $1.9 trillion into fossil fuel financing?  Edie reports one of the UK’s worst offenders is Barclays. Barclays has reportedly provided £91 billion in funding to fossil fuel companies during this period.  This includes companies involved in coal, tar sands, Arctic oil projects, and fracking, as well as the major players in the extraction and use of fossil fuels. 

HSBC has also contributed £67 billion to the fossil fuel industry over the same period. Meanwhile, Greenpeace also reports that both companies own shares in fracking companies.

Switching who you bank with is therefore vitally important, to divert money away from the fossil fuel industry. Check out my guide to ethical banking, updated for 2021. This gives you the full guide to the worst-performing banks and the most ethical banks.

I haven’t covered pensions on the blog before, but financial institutions also use your pension savings to fund fossil fuels. I’d recommend checking out Make My Money Matter for advice on how to green your pension.

If you know of any other campaigns that seek to stop the Cambo oil field going ahead that need support, then please do share.

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70 Inspiring Climate Change and Sustainability Quotes To Motivate & Influence

Are you looking for sustainability quotes? Here are over 70 inspiring quotes, on the topics of sustainability, climate change, and eco-friendly and ethical living, that will help motivate and influence others.

With the publication of the 2021 IPCC report issuing a code red for humanity, there’s never been a greater imperative to take action on climate change. The trouble is, how do we engage people in sustainability?

Perhaps you’re writing a report on climate change or preparing a social media post and you are looking for a sustainability quote. Whether you are looking for quotes on climate change or sustainability for your social media, for a web page, or project, I’ve done all the hard work and scoured the internet for you. Here I have collated 70 quotes, that will hopefully inspire, motivate and influence people to take action on climate change and sustainability.

Let’s crack on with the sustainability quotes!

70 Inspiring Climate Change and Sustainability Quotes

Image of a blank notebook on desk with flowers and glasses, and a blue text box that reads "inspiring sustainability quotes to motivate and influence people".
  1. “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson 

2. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

3. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

4. “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” – Jane Goodall

5. “Refuse what you do not need; Reduce what you do need; Reuse by using reusables; Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and Rot (compost) the rest” – Bea Johnson

6. “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

7. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

8. “Finland is officially the world’s happiest country. It is also 75 percent forest. I believe these facts are related.” – Matt Haig

9. “Every person is the right person to act. Every moment is the right moment to begin.” – Jonathan Schell

10. “An act of violence against nature should be judged as severely as that against society or another person.” – Dr. Michael W. Fox

Image of tree with the sustainability quote "Every person is the right person to act. Every moment is the right moment to begin" by Jonathan Schell

11. “Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny.” – Frida Kahlo

12. “Surely it is our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” – Sir David Attenborough.

13. “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” – Chris Maser

14. “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

15. “The elders were wise. They knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too.” – Chief Luther Standing Bear

16. “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” – Anne Marie Bonneau

17. “Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” – Charles Moore

18. “If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” – Marian Wright Edelman

19. “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.” – Dr Jane Goodall

20. “By unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.” – Rob Hopkins

Image of pantry jars with the quote "We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly" by Anne Marie Bonneau

21. “Ethical is walking the walk in your every day interactions with marginalized people.” – Aja Barber

22. “We need artists in this movement, we need people who know about technology in this movement, we need organizers, we need writers, we need all of the different talents in the movement. So I’d say find what you already do, what you’re already good at, and apply that into an organizational space.” – Jamie Margolin

23. “One person cannot save only their part of the world. We either save the whole world or we don’t save it. We all have to work together.” – Frank Ettawageshik

24. “In the end, all the struggles have the same objective: the defense of life. That is the most important, no matter where we are or what the specific goal of each fight is.” – Ana Sandoval

25. “Calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change.” – Margaret Atwood

26. “The world is reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this happens, we risk denying present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet – the whole of humanity stands to lose.” – Kofi Annan

27. “Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”  – Ban Ki-moon

28. “It’s your generational responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it. That’s how I was raised. That’s what my parents always told me, ‘Leave this place better than you found it’, whether it’s the bathroom or the kitchen or the planet.” – Xiye Bastida

29. “Your home is the planet. To protect the environment is to protect your own future.” – Francesco La Camera 

30. “There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” – Eldridge Cleaver

Image of rocks and the sea with the climate change quote "Your home is the planet. To protect the environment is to protect your own future” by Francesco La Camera 

31. “It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.” – Dalai Lama

32. “Treat the Earth as though we intend to stay here.” – Crispin Tickell 

33. “To see beyond what despair sees—to move from the feeling toward the possibility—calls for things we have in abundance: love, imagination, and a willingness to simply tend the world as best we can, without guarantee of success.” – Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

34. “You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.” – Wangari Maathai

35. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

36. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

37. “The more we focus on individual action and neglect systemic change, the more we’re just sweeping leaves on a windy day” – Mary Heglar

38. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Dr Jane Goodall

 39. “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

40. “The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. If we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves.” – Wangari Maathai

Image of a leaf with the sustainability quote “The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. If we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves” by  Wangari Maathai

41. “To damage the earth is to damage your children.” – Wendell Berry

42. “Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more our world will change for the better.”- Al Gore

43. “To care about climate change, we only have to be one thing: a human, living on planet earth. And if you’re reading this, that’s exactly who you are.” – Katharine Hayhoe

44. “Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.“- Desmond Tutu

45. “I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” – Greta Thunberg

46. “If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.” – Guy McPherson

47. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

48. “The future will be green or not at all.”- Jonathon Porritt

49. “We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” – Terri Swearingen

50. “Climate action isn’t a giant boulder sitting at the bottom of a steep hill with just a few hands on it. It’s already at the top of the hill, it’s already got millions of hands on it, and it’s already slowly rolling in the right direction. It just needs to go faster.” – Katharine Hayhoe

Image of a forest with the quote "If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money" by Guy McPherson

51. “This planet is the only home we’ll ever have. There’s no place like it. And home is always, always, always worth it.” – Mary Heglar

52. “Climate change isn’t an ‘issue’ to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message – spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions – telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us we need to evolve.” – Naomi Klein

53. “Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.” – Greta Thunberg.

54. “The Earth is not dying – it is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.” – Utah Phillips

55. “What will save us is not technology or science. What will save us is the ethical transformation of our society.” – Carmelite Father Eduardo Agosta Scarel

56. “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” – Marshall McLuhan.

57. “If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.” – David Suzuki

58. “There is no such thing as ‘away’. So, when we throw anything away, it must go somewhere.” – Annie Leonard

59. “We need to have a whole cultural shift, where it becomes our culture to take care of the Earth, and in order to make this shift, we need storytelling about how the Earth takes care of us and how we can take care of her.” – Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

60. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” –  Buckminster Fuller

Image of trees with the quote "Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling" by Greta Thunberg.

61. “The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

62. “Climate change is a vast and complicated problem, and that means the answer is complicated too. We need to let go of the idea that it’s all of our individual faults, then take on the collective responsibility of holding the true culprits accountable. In other words, we need to become many Davids against one big, bad Goliath.⁣” – Mary Heglar

63. “Life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.” – Rob Hopkins

64. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

65. “There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it’s not really there.” – Bill McKibben

66. “I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

67. “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”. – Max Lucado

68. “The most sustainable item is the one you already own”. – Wendy Graham

69. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”. – Mother Teresa

70. “Convincing customers to buy more shit in the name of sustainability is the biggest scam of our generation… Buying nothing at all is the most sustainable thing any of us can do, and when you must buy or want to buy, then use that opportunity to shop responsibly. Treating sustainability as a trend is the biggest threat to it being taken seriously, and to take it seriously it has to be more than surface level.” – Liz Pape

Enjoyed these sustainability quotes? You can also check out these powerful climate change speeches for even more inspiration.