Today, Friday September 25, is the first Global Day of Climate Action this year and events are taking place all over the world to demand urgent measures to tackle the climate crisis.
In New York the ‘Metronome’, a famous art installation that used to display the time of day, has been re-designed as a massive “Climate Clock” to highlight the need for governments across the world to take immediate, wide-scale action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The clock acts as a stopwatch, warning that the international community has just over 7 years and 102 days if we are to hope to keep global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Jo Ripley, Extinction Rebellion Devizes and Marlborough, said, “It is absolutely vital that the climate crisis is not forgotten in the shadow of the Coronavirus.
The coming months and years will be crucial in ensuring a safe pathway below 1.5°C increase in global mean temperature, a target stated in the Paris Agreement. If we are to minimise the risks of triggering irreversible chain reactions beyond human control, we need to act now.
Extinction Rebellion Devizes and Marlborough is encouraging people to contact our MP, Danny Kruger, urging him to support the ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill’ here and act on his words:
“We also face the existential challenge of climate change. Ultimately nothing matters more than this, and though it is a job of a generation, action needs to start now.” Click here for more information.
Jo commented, “We have seen how politicians have been prepared to take swift action in response to the pandemic and yet, the far greater threat from climate and ecological breakdown is not getting the necessary response – measures have not been taken to lower worldwide greenhouse gas emissions in a sustainable and just manner.
The CEE Bill updates and strengthens the Climate Change Act taking into account the UK’s entire carbon footprint domestically and internationally as well as protecting and restoring the UK’s ecosystems, with a focus on biodiversity, soils and natural carbon sinks.”