Climate Change Campaign (Fossil Fuels, Fracking & Renewables)

Global warming (or Climate Change) is caused by a build-up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

 

The gases trap heat by forming a blanket around the Earth – like the glass of a greenhouse.

These gases stay in the atmosphere for many years. And as they build up, the planet’s temperature rises. 

 

A warmer world leads to a more extreme climate – with more severe droughts, floods and storms. And as the world warms up, feedback-loops can accelerate warming: melting polar ice means less of the sun’s heat is reflected back into space.

 

Greenhouse gases build up in the atmosphere mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas – and by cutting down forests. Greenhouse-gas levels have rocketed in the last 100 years.

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============================== CLIMATE EMERGENCY QUESTIONNAIRE ========================

 

Parliament, London’s Mayor and Ealing Council, have all declared a ‘climate emergency’ in 2019.

 

Do you agree that there is a ‘climate emergency’?

YES

NO

see (A)

Do you know what is causing the climate emergency?

YES

NO

see (B)

Are you aware of the changes that scientists say we must make to stop uncontrolled climate change and avoid a catastrophe?

YES

see (C)

NO

Would you like to help the effort to tackle this problem?

YES

see (D)

NO

 

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) Replace fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy, halt deforestation, plant trees, adopt a diet with less meat, drive less, avoid all but essential flying.

 

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 www.ealingfoe.org.uk, Ealing Transition www.ealingtransition.org.uk, Southall Transition www.southalltransition.org 

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