We live in a climate emergency, British children live in poverty in record numbers. Young people rightly care about climate change in ever increasingly numbers. It does not have to be this way. The solution is there, we just need the political will to make it happen. We need a just transition now.
We are all now a living experiment. Never before in human history have carbon dioxide levels reached 415 parts per million.
In Sweden, flying is becoming the new tobacco, and there is increasingly a feeling of “Flygskam” or “flight shame”.
An influential British parliamentary committee has castigated the UK Government – which is paralysed by Brexit – for failing to respond adequately to the climate crisis as well as failing to reflect the urgency of that crisis in the way it funds development and climate-related projects abroad.
“Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely”
“The writing is on the wall for oil companies that do not support global efforts to avoid a climate catastrophe by urgently phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to a low-carbon world.”
“The planet is on a fast path to destruction. The media must cover this like it’s the only story that matters”
Even though the science says we cannot carry on drilling, the oil industry capital investment over the next decade is forecast to rise over 85%, reaching over $1 trillion a year.
“Until we have a law to prosecute those who destroy the planet, corporations will never be called to account for their crimes”.
Yesterday, President Trump signed two executive orders in his latest brazen attempt to appease the fossil fuel industry, just as further research was published revealing the drastic need to scale back carbon emissions if young people are going to have a liveable future.