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CLIMATE CONFERENCE - Climate, Oceans and Coastal Communities Conference, Thursday 10th October 2019 – 17.30 hours to 20.30 hours – Organised by: United Nations Association (London and South East), Centre for Aquatic Environments (University of Brighton) and Sussex Wildlife Trust.
SEPTEMBER FRIDAY 19th 2019 - As if anyone could be in any doubt, the whole world wants action on climate change. The strength of feeling is resonating around the world demanding that world leaders start doing something.
LONDON FASHION WEEK - Extinction Rebellion is set to boycott the event in London, September 13-17 2019. Fast fashion is partly to blame for global warming as clothes are used once and discarded, making them single use plastics - where most clothing is now made with synthetic fibres.
MELT DOWN - Human activities are releasing nearly 10 Gegatons of Carbon (about 36 Billion tons of CO2) into the atmosphere every year, driving atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 400 parts per million (ppm) from their pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm. This increase in CO2 and other greenhouse gases concentrations traps additional energy in the earth's climate system.
If we don't act now to curb climate change we can kiss goodbye to the planet as we know it. That is what the scientific community has been warning us about for years. But, our leaders were not listening.
Politicians are more worried about economic growth, but continuous growth is suicide when you only have one planet. We reached the safe limits for exploitation of our Earth many years ago. Hence, the rise in global temperature that continues unchecked. We crossed the line! We must do all in our power to retrace our footsteps to reduce atmospheric and ocean temperatures.
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM - Many European countries depend on water transport for cruises and island hopping, to bolster their economies as popular tourist destinations such as Athens, Rome, Venice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Naples and many other heritage venues attract significant revenue, that is in danger of reduction from climate change and the lack of infrastructure for zero carbon water transport at present.
This vessel is an example of direct solar and wind turbine power from nature, unlike hydrogen fuel cell powered ferries that are less sustainable in circular economy terms and are more hazardous in storing combustible gases onboard. Such a concept could provide a solution for blue growth is a sustainable manner as part of the development of a truly circular economy for those regions at risk.
BOOMTOWN RATS - In Sussex, Wealden District Council are allowing hundreds of luxury houses to be built without any climate offset features. There are no charging points for EVs, no solar water heaters and no solar panels where all councils in the UK are aware that climate mitigation is a requirement. The councillors and officers responsible for encouraging these builds are proud of their achievement, where they should hang their heads in shame. These units represent carbon emissions that in turn mean the deaths of millions of animals all over the world. This picture was taken in March of 2019
HOT AIR? - Grit your teeth all you can, but it is your policies that have caused this mess. Politicians say what they think the electorate want to hear, but in reality, there is usually an alternative agenda. Margaret Thatcher is to blame for the current lack of affordable housing in the UK where she allowed council housing sell off without replacement. This was typical short sightedness on the part of the Conservatives who are famous for quick fixes. In 2019 the Climate Change Act 2008 was amended to reduce greenhouse gas emission to 100% less than 1990 levels. Well done Prime Minister. Now Boris Johnson (@Sept 2019)
HOW DO WE MAKE THE PLANET SAFE AGAIN ?
The fact is that because we have left it so long, it may be too late to recover. Why? We may have reached the point of no return with so many species lost. WE ARE NEXT.
This is because our growing population needs feeding and to earn a living in a modern world that uses fossil fuels for just about everything - with several layers of financial burdens and then more taxes - adding to your carbon footprint. Even agriculture relies on diesel and fertilizers derived from fossil fuels.
That is why we are turning to the ocean to feed ourselves and aquaculture - having drained our fisheries. Knowing this, we need to act now. NOT TOMORROW, RIGHT NOW.
TOO RIGHT - A British jury found Roger Hallam not guilty of vandalism where global warming is at such a high rate now that citizens have the right to peacefully protest for action. In an information rich world many of the civilians who might not have known about the climate disaster unfolding, are only too aware of the failings of those they put faith in. Their anger at being let down is understandable, leading to mass protests in our cities and even children going on strike once they realize that we are doomed as things stand. Go Roger!
Since 1995 members of the United Nations have been playing politics rather than taking binding action to prevent warming of the planet, in the full knowledge that human use of fossil fuels was to blame. From local councils to international councils, the rot is set in. Our politicians are responsible for the deaths of millions of animals and hundreds of thousands of humans in not acting to control greenhouse gas build up.
EMERGENCY ACTIONS: SIX STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
Six suggested steps toward reversing global warming include building carbon neutral housing, driving clean cars and changing to renewable energy. The hardest change to make is political, concerning policies and policy making to ensure that local authorities stop empire building, thus increasing their carbon footprints. If all local councils act the same, which they do, they are to blame for the planet getting hotter. National leaders simply must take control of their countries, not allow the wishes of the people and future generations to be ignored.
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