Congratulations to the 95 Members of the UK Parliament who have already expressed their support for the UK’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. This is a cross-party bill written by scientists, lawyers and activists. It aims to persuade government of its overriding responsibility to take action on climate change. This year the UK government wants to prove its environmental credentials to the world at COP 26 in Glasgow so this is a good time to gather support for real action. Please tell your MP how important the climate and ecological emergency is to you and ask your MP to support the bill.
Inspired by the iconic London Tube map, a graphic designer has produced a similar map joining London’s parks and nature spots. Greenground Map “aims to change (the) perception of how we see cities, when walking and cycling longer distances become regular ways to get around.” It’s a great idea that is likely to be adopted by other towns and cities attempting to get people out of their cars and connecting better with nature. Why not ask your students to make a similar green spaces map for where they live? Read more here.
According to the authors of a recent report, humanity needs to “take a cold shower” about the true scale of the climate and ecological crisis facing us. Experts need to “tell it like it is.” ‘Anything else is misleading at best, or negligent and potentially lethal for the human enterprise at worst.’ Then we might make the systemic changes that the urgency of the situation demands. There are signs of progress. And if you are reading this you are probably already doing what you can personally. But do read the report so that you are under no illusions. Then ask yourself what you can do to help persuade businesses and politicians make those necessary changes.
In these days of Covid-19 it may feel that demands to respond to the climate and ecological crisis are just another burden. But Covid-19 has also provided us with time and opportunity to consider a better future while many of the solutions to Covid-19 also offer solutions to climate change. So let’s use this time wisely to make the changes we need to help our industry come out of Covid-19 fit for the future.
A nice cold martini is undoubtedly better for the planet than global warming. Unfortunately it would require 11 quadrillion Air Vodka Martinis to make any kind of significant impact. Still, it’s a start. See here for this and other more serious environmental reasons to look forward to 2021.