London & Bristol Climate Marches

Frack Free Chew Valley joined 40,000 other people (young and old, on foot, in prams, in wheelchairs) in London on Sunday 21st September and thousands more in Bristol to send a message to the government and our MPs that there is no sense, no science and no votes in climate change denial and that we are currently way off track limiting temperature rise to 2C. The UK together with its international partners need to get real and start listening to their scientific advisers and put in place meaningful binding policies to deal with the problem. It is cheaper to deal with it now than in the future.

Statements by the government such as:

“Unconventional gas and oil can enhance our energy security, provide economic growth and be an important part of our transition to a low carbon future.”

(by the Office of Unconventional Gas & Oil) just don’t make sense or add up. Unconventional gas can only be considered as a transition fuel in the context of a completely binding agreement that properly accounts for the global carbon budget and which leaves other, dirtier, fossil fuels in the ground (according to DECC’s former Chief Scientific Advisor and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research). Otherwise it is just fanciful and damaging wishful thinking. The suggestion that unconventional oil can be a transition fuel is just simply nonsense. It is not. We have asked OUGO and DECC to justify this statement and 3 months later are still waiting for an answer.

What Do We Want? The Earth. When do we want it? Forever. Seems reasonable.

What Do We Want? The Earth. When do we want it? Forever!  (seems reasonable).

 

 

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One thought on “London & Bristol Climate Marches

  1. This seems an opportune moment to remind David Cameron and other world leaders Tony Benn’s powerful five questions (2005):
    “WHAT POWER HAVE YOU GOT?
    WHERE DID YOU GET IT FROM?
    IN WHOSE INTERESTS DO YOU EXERCISE IT?
    TO WHOM ARE YOU ACCOUNTABLE?
    HOW CAN WE GET RID OF YOU?
    Only Democracy gives us that right. That is why no one with power likes democracy and that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it – including you and me, here and now”.
    If our world leaders are not acting in our interests with regard to climate change then why not and in whose interests are they acting? Taking to the streets is as valid an expression as casting a vote; those of us with the good fortune to live in some kind of democracy will be casting our votes to get rid of them if they don’t listen!

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