Burning Issues. Land art installation by Martin Hill 2013
The European parliament has declared a climate and ecological emergency. So what urgent actions should governments take?
These are some of the measures that WWF recommends governments can take to legislate to protect the biosphere:
END SUPPORT FOR FOSSIL FUELS
This means phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and using this money to expand renewable sources of energy.
OVERHAUL OF GOVERNMENT FINANCES
Putting climate action at the top of government spending priority list, alongside health, education and security.
STOP POLLUTION FROM OUR HOMES
Legislation that requires all new homes to be zero-carbon and delivering efficiency measures for other homes. This would save money, stop the wasting of energy and reduce emissions.
END PETROL AND DIESEL VEHICLE SALES
Pushing forward our commitment to end sales of diesel and petrol vehicles to 2030 will tackle climate emissions and air pollution.
RESTORE NATURE AND REMOVE CARBON
Restoring nature addresses the natural removal of carbon from our atmosphere. We need to plant trees, restore peatlands, expand wetlands and farm efficiently.
With the world heading for 3 – 4 degrees or more of global warming by the end of this century, yesterday at dawn I joined a committed group of climate activists who staged an Extinction Rebellion protest by erecting a banner in front of the famous Wanaka Tree and handing out fliers about the climate emergency.
There was a large group of tourists and photographers – including a bride and groom – some of whom joined the protest by posing with our signs calling for worldwide urgent government action to reverse climate change.
Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that began in UK with many passive civil disobedience protests. This past week there have been 1000 arrests and significant media coverage for three demands:
1. Governments must tell the truth about the climate crisis, its urgency and the extent of the already un-avoidable damages.
2. We must reach Carbon zero by 2025 and start to drawdown Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere
3. We must establish a participative democracy to stop vested interests and corporations from interfering with the democratic process.
If you want to learn more about the extreme climate emergency that civilisation faces watch Sir David Attenborough’s BBC documentary Climate Change – The Facts
It is not too late. Join Extinction Rebellion here: https://rebellion.earth