Climate change protesters from the Hastings, St Leonards and Rye Extinction Rebellion have put their liberty on the line and been arrested during the demonstrations taking place in London.
We’re proud of everyone who has taken part in the London protests, but this is not fundamentally about causing disruption. This is about getting the government to act now. It declared a climate emergency in April but have done nothing about it – we want to know what their plans are because the numbers are very scary.
1 in 4 species are at risk of extinction.
There has been an average decline of 60% in the population size of thousands of vertebrate species around the world between 1970 and 2014.
This year, 11,000 scientists stated: “Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any great existential threat … Based on this obligation and the data presented below, we herein proclaim … a clear and unequivocal declaration that a climate emergency exists on planet Earth.”
Globally, the past 4 years (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) have been the hottest on record, and the 20 warmest have all occurred in the past 22 years.
The world is currently on track to warm by as much as 3.4C by the end of the century – a situation that would escalate disastrous heatwaves, flooding, droughts and societal unrest.
I am hoping to feed back here a more personal experience of the protest next week.
Image Credits: Seana Lannigan .