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CONCERNED ABOUT THE CLIMATE AND NATURE? HERE ARE SOME POSITIVE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE WHICH WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE.

  1. Call on the government to end all new fossil fuel exploration and investment – sign these two petitions:
  2. Write to your MP telling them you want the Government to do more to tackle the climate crisis.
  3. If you have savings or investments, move your money away from banks and institutions that invest in fossil fuels.
  4. Tackling the climate and nature crisis requires government action. However, many people also want to do their bit by moving towards a lower-carbon lifestyle, and encouraging others to do the same.
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Climate Emergency!

  • Carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are now 50% higher than they were before the industrial revolution, and continuing to rise. [1]
  • The last seven years have been the seven hottest years globally since records began. [2]
  • The effects of global heating are already being seen in more extreme weather all over the world – including floods in Bangladesh and the UK, wildfires in the USA and drought in South America.
  • David Attenborough recently called Climate Change “the biggest threat to security that modern humans have ever faced”, and said “If we continue on our current path, we will face the collapse of everything that gives us our security: food production, access to fresh water, habitable ambient temperature and ocean food chains.” [3]

What is the COP 26 conference?

  • The 26th United Nations ‘Framework Convention on Climate Change’, which is taking place in Glasgow in November, and is hosted by the British government.
  • Governments and expert advisers from nearly every country in the world will meet to discuss and agree a global plan to tackle the climate crisis.
  • John Kerry, the USA’s new Climate Envoy, has said COP 26 is “literally our last, best hope to get on track and to get this right” [4]

What would a successful COP 26 achieve?

  • All countries agreeing binding targets for emissions cuts which will keep global temperature rise below 1.5˚C. These targets must include big cuts in emissions over the next 10 years.
  • Rich countries (which have already emitted far more CO2) agreeing to cut carbon faster and support poorer countries financially on their journey to net zero.
  • Agreement on measures to reverse global nature loss and restore natural systems such as forests, peat moors and ocean ecosystems that can store carbon safely.

What should our government be doing NOW?

  • Showing leadership by drawing up a proper plan for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 68% by 2030. This is the target they have committed to, but they need to ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk’.   
  • Make sure ALL Government legislation and policies are compatible with keeping the temperature rise to no more than 1.5˚C
  • Guarantee a fossil-free COP26 by banning fossil fuel companies and their representatives from taking part.

[1] Carbon Brief 18th March 2021 https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uk-is-now-halfway-to-meeting-its-net-zero-emissions-target

[2] The Guardian,  14th January 2021

[3] Speech to UN Security Council, 23rd February 2021, https://youtu.be/MaweqwsN62k

[4] Speech to UN Security Council, 23rd February 2021