It’s getting hot on here – planet Earth that is. We’re already experiencing droughts, wildfires and rising sea levels and we’re only at 1.1°C of warming above pre-industrial levels.
As scientists from the IPCC recently warned: if we do not cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030, we will lose our last chance to limit global heating and could lock ourselves into a future of catastrophic climate chaos.
The message has been clear for a long time – stop burning fossil fuels, but governments are continuing to fall short in their commitments to change. Emissions have actually increased in the last ten years, yet those who have contributed least to the crisis are being disproportionately affected.
The thing is, cutting emissions isn’t just about surviving, it’s about building a better future; one with better air quality, thriving biodiversity and greener cities. It is a win for everyone.
The Big One
That’s why, as the UK government continues to drag its heels on climate policies, we are heading to Westminster to support Extinction Rebellion’s weekend of action. We will be joining the call for an immediate end to all new fossil fuel licences and to raise a voice for the power of community-owned energy.
The work of Bristol Energy Cooperative is a brilliant example of what a liveable future can look like. We heat homes using renewable energy from the sun, with revenues supporting a massive range of community benefits from schools, public gardens to cycling and sports facilities. It’s a hugely successful model and one that we believe everyone should have access to.
Over 25,000 people have said they are going to London this weekend for a peaceful demonstration outside Westminster Parliament, and over 200 organisations have pledged their support.
People in this country recognise the urgency of our situation, it’s time the government did too.
Read more about The Big One here.