Hello! There’s not been a lot to write about this week – it’s definitely been a slow news week, climate and environmental news wise ;) I joke – let’s dive straight in because it’s been a busy old week:
This week’s links:
1. After Scotland and Wales both declared climate emergencies this week, Westminster declared a climate emergency on Wednesday, making the UK parliament the first in the world to declare an “environment and climate emergency”. Massive thanks to all involved in Youth Strike 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion for leading the way and to everyone who contacted their local MP pressing them on this issue. Now we await action.
Sometimes it might seem like democracies, with their short political cycles, are unable to take the sort of action on climate change that requires long-term thinking… But democracies, by their inherent nature, are more accountable. That accountability, combined with commitments to global pacts like the Paris agreement, can spur them to act for the greater good. In its report, the UK’s Climate Change Committee said the country should “ideally begin redressing” its historical contributions to global emissions. Setting an ambitious net-zero goal would set an example for other countries to follow. The ease with which the climate-emergency motion passed in parliament shows that Britain’s political parties acknowledge the privileged position its economy commands thanks to its past consumption of fossil fuels.
3. What an interesting read on why your brain doesn’t register the words ‘climate change’.
Which phrase does a better job of grabbing people’s attention: “global warming” or “climate change”? According to recent neuroscience research, the answer is neither. If you want to get people to care, try “climate crisis,” suggests new research from an advertising consulting agency in New York. That phrase got a 60 percent greater emotional response from listeners than our old pal climate change.
4. In California, their latest weapon against climate change is as low-tech as they come – weeds.
6. The Government’s fracking commissioner has resigned – citing environmental activists, and them being “highly successful” in encouraging the government to curb fracking as a key part of her resignation. Yesssss – what a victory!
7. Can you be a fashion lover and a feminist at the same time?
8 Climate change activists in the US have begun using a legal argument called the “necessity defense,” which justifies non-violent action taken to prevent a greater harm.
Under this argument, defendants can be acquitted of an act that is technically illegal. Like its better-known cousin, the doctrine of self-defense, it permits a judge and jury to consider context and morality.
10. Finally, this post by Paul Jarvis on keeping up with the Insta-Joneses is a great piece on consumerism and envy. Don’t have time to read it all – unfollow anyone on social media who makes you feel like you’re not good enough because you’re not wearing the latest clothes, or constantly on fancy holidays.