It’s time to stop messing about. I would like everybody to come together and do the following:
- to accept that the emergency is a real and present danger
- to make every change they can in their own lives, family, friends, and workplace to reduce their carbon footprint. Talk about it to people you know! Grow fruit and vegetables, gardenfor wildlife, plant trees!
- to join any organisation that is working on climate policy and action, be it Extinction Rebellion, Women’s Institute, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, RSPB etc. Even if you have little time to devote to activism, your financial support will be well used!
- to apply pressure on all layers of local councils to take effective action in their own workplaces and properties, and act as persuaders to the general public. Sign petitions – at best they do work, and at least they demonstrate the strength of public feeling!
- to do the same with their MP, central government and with international organisations such as the EU and the UN
- to support school strikes, youth activists and movements, including, but not only, Greta Thunberg
- to pressurise fossil fuel companies to drop all plans and current activities, including fracking, in otherwise pristine areas such as the Arctic, National Parks, and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- to apply more pressure on pension and other investment funds to divest from fossil fuels. This campaign is becoming increasingly successful.
To be the change that we want to see in the world means tackling the climate emergency, because everything depends upon us doing so – the environment, the economy, and life itself. As Greta says, act as if your house is on fire, because it is.
Photo credit: Victoria Hulatt, banner created by Victoria Hulatt and Jenny Cole, taken at an Extinction Rebellion action in London
Diana Morgan is a freelance blog post writer and eco-retailer. Having been concerned about the environment since her teens, she is one of a team of Climate Ambassadors for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.