CLIMATE EMERGENCY QUESTIONNAIRE: NOTES FOR RESPONDENTS

 

A) These organisations provide convincing evidence about the climate emergency:

 

The United Nations says “climate change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. Without drastic action today, adapting in the future will be more difficult and costly.” The UN set up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988 which brings together scientists from all over the world. https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/climate-change/

 

Our doctors, through the BMA (British Medical Association) say climate change poses threats to public health. See:

www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/public-and-population-health/climate-change

 

The WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature www.wwf.org.uk): “Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge the world has ever faced”.

 

NASA (America’s space agency, that put men on the Moon, landed rovers on Mars, and monitors Earth from space) explain the evidence, causes and effects of climate change here: https://climate.nasa.gov

 

 

B) The gas CO2 released by burning coal, oil and gas is causing the Earth to capture more of the sun’s heat and warm up, changing the climate. For more detail, see (A).

 

 

C) Phase out fossil fuels, halt deforestation, plant trees, eat less meat, etc.

 

 

D) Support environmental organisations. Join one, and then if you can: spread the word, take part in campaigns, invite a speaker or even start a new local group at your college, workplace, church or community association:

 

·        National: Friends of the Earth www.friendsoftheearth.uk, Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion, 10:10 www.1010uk.org.

·        Local: Ealing Friends of the Earth (THIS WEB SITE), Ealing Transition www.ealingtransition.org.uk, Southall Transition www.southalltransition.org 

·        Students: People & Planet www.peopleandplanet.org, UK Student Climate Network www.ukscn.org.