Serious Change

November 15, 2008

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You’ll know that I’m a sucker for talking about climate change in a different way. Well, these guys have got it SO RIGHT! I can’t tell you how excited about it I am.

I spoke to Francis who set it up last week, and he showed me some really exciting stuff whereby you can see all their organising, tasks to-do and who they are. It feels like you’re part of the group before you’ve even signed up.

Check it out and sign up – they rock!

A Taste Of What Is To Come

November 12, 2008

Here is a video from last year’s UN Climate Change talks, where the Environment Minister Hilary Benn joined young people in an action – and to speak to them.

His speech is little condescending (‘You are the future’ – actually, no, We are the present…), but he understands the challenges we face.

In two weeks time, I will be doing something very similar to this:

Over Land

November 10, 2008

It is so cool – the Australian Youth Delegation to the UN Climate Talks (in 2.5 week’s time – aargh!), are going to Poland over land. That’s right, all the way from Australia to Poland by boat, train, bus, foot, metro and anything else which doesn’t waste resources like flying. And they get to actually see the world, rather than just flying over it!

They’re blogging about it here, and I just wanted to post something which I really liked written by a certain Jack Fuller.

I wish this climate problem didn’t exist. Its mundane, philistine imperatives suck up our time and our lives. How is it that we care about carbon dioxide? How is it that we came to this point, of caring so much about what powers our lights? Future generations, I hope, will not care about this. The world has much, much more to offer.

I am coming of age during the emergence of a great distraction. Climate change is a distraction, and all the more so because we must pay attention to it. It may take up most of our lives with its damned consequences. We risk seven metre sea-level rises if the West Antarctic or Greenland ice-shelves melt; we risk 200 million refugees in Asia if the Himalayan water supply melts away.

And so my agency, my education, my impatience to assume the world – the longing persuaded in me by my parents and this civilisation, must now be directed towards a climate and energy problem we have known about for far too long. This new imperative to live sustainably must be prioritised, but it is boring. On the other hand, the question “what is a great life?” is perennial, and far more challenging. I await the time we can return to it.

– Jack Fuller, on the train to Malaysia

A Little Quieter

November 6, 2008

Hey guys,

I hope you’ll forgive me, but over the next few weeks this blog is going to be a little quieter. I’m massively busy with preparing for the UK Youth Delegation at the UN Climate Change talks in three weeks time (eek!). If you want to help me getting there, click here to go to my fundraising page ;)

We’re also about to launch OurTimeIsNow.org.uk, to bring massive numbers of young people to the Global Day of Action – and I’m hoping you’ll be part of it.

I’ve also got my academic work kicking in now, so I’m going to let this labour of love take a back seat. I’ll still be posting once in a while, but thanks in advance for taking the time for reading over the last few months, and I look forward to taking the next step with you!

Casper

Now What?

November 6, 2008

How about this for a ‘morning after’ moment? It ran in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. It highlights the fact that though the election is over, the fight for clean energy and a stable climate is far from finished.

Jo

November 5, 2008

Obama

November 5, 2008

Like many of you, I stayed up last night until 6am to watch something really special.

For the last two weeks, I’ve been saying (half-jokingly), that if McCain/Palin won, I would give up all my activism and just go live in a big house and go make lots of money. But with the election of this transformational figure, I have hope again.

Obama gets it – he knows how massive the problems we have are. Not just climate change, but an international community divided, a twentieth century economy in turmoil not to mention America’s sick healthcare system.

The President Elect has a plan. He wants a Green Jobs Revolution. He wants to modernise America’s energy supplies by massively developing renewables. He wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

This guy means business, let’s hope that in those important first 100 days of his Presidency, he gets America on the right track.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Al Gore called upon youth around the United States to help repower America this November. It’s great stuff!

I’m thinking maybe we could do the same next year… who shall we ask?

Water, Water Everywhere

November 4, 2008

Another Bond theme today, (in Quantum of Solace, the evil Mr Greene is blocking scarce water resources), as Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, warns that water mismanagement will leave entire regions “economic deserts,” unfit for agriculture or human settlement.

“Unchecked climate change will mean that some parts of the world will simply not have enough water to sustain settlements, both small and large, because agriculture becomes untenable and industries relying on water can no longer compete or function effectively. This will trigger structural changes in economies right through to the displacement of people as environmental refugees.”

Thankfully, we have 82 year old women like this, who won’t let that happen!

No New Coal

November 3, 2008

Coal seems to be on my mind as I posted the following on It’s Getting Hot In Here earlier in the week. As I mentioned before, it’s the global youth climate movement blog with thousands of readers everyday!

Find it on the website here, or continue reading!

Hundreds of young people are leading a new wave of climate change campaigning against the proposal to build eight new dirty coal fired power stations in the UK.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, our government and the energy giant E.On, are hoping to build power stations which would emit more carbon per annum than countries the size of Cameroon.

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition brings together the largest environmental, development and even faith organisations, representing over four million people, to unite their opposition to one of the most baffling government policies in recent years.

We all know coal is the dirtiest form of power generation, and with our own Chancellor saying CCS technology may never become available, the claim that this will be ‘clean coal’ is simply not true.

If we as a nation truly want to lead the world in combating climate change, as our ground-breaking legislation proposes, we cannot afford to carry on with this out-dated form of energy production.

These new coal fired power plants are dangerous, extremely expensive and totally unnecessary.

Join us in telling E.On and the government that we need No New Coal.

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition Board with Kingsnorth in the distance.