What are you doing in September?

My guess is that if you’re reading this, you will be only too aware of the crisis we face from global warming. I’m sure you are also only too conscious that, whilst there has been plenty of talk from politicians and businesses, little has been done on a national or global scale to stop or reverse climate change. It looks like we are reaching a point of no return. It’s difficult to give a precise day, month or even year when that will happen (it may even have happened already) but the science suggests that it is around now.

And if humanity (that’s us!) doesn’t do something very radical almost immediately, things are likely to get very unpleasant indeed.

If you have any doubts at all about the depths of the problem and the urgency of the task, you could invest around 20 minutes watching this video by Prof Kevin Anderson speaking at a conference in Manchester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KumLH9kOpOI

The science is impeccable but the message is still (unfortunately) rarely heard, or if it is heard, easily dismissed because of the way the media usually presents it.

We have a very small window of opportunity.

Planning is underway for a major international day of action on 21 September to coincide with an invitation from the UN Secretary General to world leaders in New York to discuss action on climate change.

Apparently, almost all of them are coming. This meeting will set the stage either for urgent action commensurate with the problem or more empty declarations. It is our best moment to set the agenda for years to come.

If we fill the streets across the world that weekend we could literally make history. Think the anti-Iraq war demo but with a different outcome. This time the issue is about something that will personally affect most of us. I believe we have to at least try to make a difference.

If you can, please consider joining the planned demo in London and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Click here to make the pledge to come: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything/?tsTWjdb

Published by Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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