Man alive, it’s been hot. Unless you’ve been living in an actual cave, you’ll know that temperature records were set this week across western Europe. We will no doubt have to get used to temperature records, and other extreme weather records, being smashed on a regular basis. I’ve been finding this climate mood flow chart useful – do something!
What has your ‘something’ been this week? I emailed my local MP using this handy template from Mothers Rise Up. In case you missed it, our new Environment Minister backs fracking so we need public pressure on our MPs to prioritise action on climate change.
This week’s links:
1. 12 Years to Save the Planet? Critical decisions must be made within the next 18 months.
“We need to significantly change our behaviour and, even more importantly, overhaul our economic system. After all, only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. You know all this already; we all do. But our politicians still are not taking meaningful action. Capitalism is carrying on with business as usual. The world is literally on fire – and it feels as though we are fiddling with paper straws while it burns”.
We live in pollution, play around it, work for it and pray against it. Hell, we even sing about it. Black women are everyday environmentalists; we just don’t get the headlines too often.
Rarely do we see or hear black voices as part of national conversations about policy solutions, the green economy or clean energy. We’re relegated to providing a comment on environmental justice issues like the water crisis in Flint; or we’re the faces in the photos when candidates need to show that they’re inclusive when talking about climate solutions.
5. Those who look for climate change-related information on YouTube are more likely to stumble upon conspiracy theories than real science.
6. I love this approach to stop hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada, where animals like black bears, wolves and cougars can still be legally killed as trophies – a conservation group is buying up all the licenses.
“The ultimate goal of Raincoast is to buy all commercial hunting licences in the 64,000 square kilometres of the Great Bear Rainforest, so the area will be protected not only from trophy hunters, but also political whims. In 2002, for instance, the Liberal government scrapped the short-lived ban on grizzly hunting brought in by the former NDP government.
The organization also hopes that, by eliminating the need for governments to compensate tenure holders, it will remove a major disincentive to restrict trophy hunting of other species.
However, everything depends on Raincoast’s capacity to fundraise and, unless there is a massive cash donation, not all offers to sell tenures can be immediately accepted“.
“It does not make sense for rich countries to demand that less developed countries in the Global South keep their forests standing when we are importing agricultural commodities from them that we could have grown ourselves locally but chose not to because of our love of ornamental little patches of grass. The crops they grow for our markets replace the forests we need to sustain life on Earth.
Vegetable patches, allotments, orchards and all forms of regenerative agriculture provide much more habitat for wild species like endangered butterflies and hedgehogs then do lawns whilst also massively reducing the ecological impact of food production. An effective response to global ecological breakdown requires us to change the way we use land, not just in distant, exotic places, but also immediately around where we live”.
“I am an ordinary mid-career professional. I work a nine-to-five job in the city, and I’m well respected and growing in my career. I have never broken the law. And recently, I joined Extinction Rebellion, blockading traffic.
I have never done anything like this before. It was way out of my comfort zone, and I felt like vomiting at the idea. But climate change makes me want to vomit even more. I am a scientist, and I can say with confidence: the science is absolutely terrifying. So I went“.
10. Finally, a reminder that the most sustainable thing is the thing you already own.
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