Government-act now tell the truth on climate change.


Following the COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Havering’s Extinction Rebellion today write in the Havering Daily:

Dear Havering,
As you will most likely know, COP26 is currently being held in Glasgow. COP26 is a chance for world leaders to come together and make real change to save us from the effects of climate change, which are beginning to show themselves even in our western world today. You all will have seen or felt the effects of the local flooding we have experienced as recently as this year caused by rapid and increased rainfall due to climate change.
Unfortunately, in the global south they are already seeing much more destructive weather events aftering their lifestyles, and even endangering their way of life. Such regions face the real prospect of becoming uninhabitable in the not too distant future; the threat therefore being very real and immediate for them.
We see COP26 as a real opportunity to take meaningful and radical climate action to avert the worst of the climate crisis which we are in – this climate emergency is happening now.
We believe COP26 can be a summit which sees us come up with the solutions and ideas, ready to implement immediately to steer us down an alternative path to the one we are currently on. There is now no doubt that we are on the path to extinction. The choices that we make now will decide whether we can turn this disaster around to leave a planet and a borough with clean air and a stable climate – a safe environment in which we and our children are able to thrive.
Our most-asked question is ‘China are the biggest polluters, what can we do?’ Ourselves as Havering residents, we can lobby our Councillors for the truth and to act now against the causes of climate change. As UK residents, we can lobby our MP’s for those same changes on a national scale. As citizens of the world we can be the cause of real change. We can unite and take the fight for climate justice to the largest oil companies and polluters globally. This creates real change on the scale needed to save regions which would otherwise become uninhabitable; save species which would otherwise become extinct; and ultimately lessen the blow on the generations we leave behind.
What will you reply when your grandchildren ask, ‘what did you do to fight the climate crisis’?
Our three demands as Extinction Rebellion are for the Government to tell the truth, for them to act now, and for them to go beyond politics to save us from the consequences of climate change. We are not trying to make enemies, we reserve that space for oil companies and fossil fuel investors, but nice words are not enough anymore. It is imperative we push governments into long-lasting, meaningful action to fight the climate crisis.
We should all have a right to live in a world free from pollution and the threat of climate chaos. However, our Government is refusing us this universal right. Protest and raising our voices in the face of wrongdoing is now our only route to this basic freedom. This is what we are fighting for.

We are fighting against those intent on making short-term gains through lining their pockets and fuelling the big oil companies. They are suffocating our planet, along with the governments who stand idly by, giving these polluters a green light.
We ask you to join us in that fight in Havering as local and global residents, by thinking globally and acting locally; in the interests of our planet and our children. For all those younger readers, this is your future which hangs in the balance.
This is what is at stake and so we demand urgent action from Havering Council; not merely in pockets of green projects which grab headlines, but a coherent plan to make the air we breathe cleaner, the sea levels lower and the planet cooler.
We demand this action of our local, national and global governments; to meet this global problem and come together at COP26 to bring us urgent solutions to the problems we have all been blindly led to. The evidence is clear that humanity needs to change course, and that change is long overdue.
However big the issue, remember no-one is too small to make a difference and there is still hope in this very decisive decade.

Join us today at XR Havering and be the change we need to see in the world.

Contact us @XR_Havering/ XRHavering@gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Government-act now tell the truth on climate change.

  • 8th November 2021 at 8:24 am
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    The end of the world is nigh has been the refrain of religious preachers throughout the ages, except now instead of “repent your sins”, its “recycle your waste” the end of the world is nigh. There has always been an audience for this piety often associated with the Jehovah Witnesses, but behind every creed are powerful corporate interests who recognise how to turn such piety to their advantage.

    This truth was on display at the climate party COP26 in Glasgow where the mega-rich and privileged from around the world descended in their private jets and diesel powered electric cars to decide how poor people needed to do more to “meet net-zero and save the planet” and all doing so without the need to quarantine and observe the social distancing rules imposed on the common people.

    About 30,000 delegates attended and their hypocrisy was on full display as was the Prime Minister’s who said we were in the last chance saloon, again, and then returned to London in a private jet for a dinner date to avoid a long trip by train. In other words do as I say, not as I do!

    The fact is net zero carbon dioxide targets will harm the poor by banning cheap fossil fuel and blight the environment with wind-turbines and the claim there is a climate emergency, as with corona, will be used to remove civil liberties and democracy to allegedly save the planet, but in reality to increase the wealth and power of Global Corporations over national governments and people.

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  • 8th November 2021 at 11:29 am
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    What a powerful message. This is exactly what Havering needs, leaders who care about our residents health and well-being as well as the well-being of other human beings and creatures on the planet. We need to work together for a better future. United, we can do wonderful things and protect our children’s future.

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  • 8th November 2021 at 11:33 am
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    There is this problem with climate change activists. They expect everyone to be mindful of the actions of what they do to the environment that they think it’s imperative to guilt people into thinking that they are the parasites of Mother Earth. They act like a cult of religion that seeks to eliminate these parasites by means of social eugenics. They present it as noble intention, but they want to kill people to achieve it. I am politically involved in the climate agenda and like Greta Thunberg I am on the autistic spectrum. But unlike Greta I don’t go around moaning complaints and expecting people to suffer fuel and food poverty just so that I can make the planet healthy and clean. I advocate for technological innovations that can allow our economy to grow alongside it’s environment. I promote rainwater harvesting to West Africans so that they can bottle vast amounts of rainwater and turn it into free drinking water.

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  • 8th November 2021 at 12:08 pm
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    Cllr David Durant, if you cannot believe the basic facts of science, I’m not really sure what business you have being a Councillor. These are facts, and not opinion. Scientists are directly telling you that our planet and ourselves are at danger if we carry on this path. So why do you want to keep going down it? You have highlighted the exact reasons why this Government cannot be trusted with our futures – their hypocrisy and corruption is disgusting, I agree. I think you will find that the above article says that Governments need to change, not the people.

    Net zero does not HAVE to harm the poor and it does not need to remove any civil liberties, these are decisions that our own Government is making on our behalves. Perhaps people need to think outside the box and find a new Government or way forward – this does not have to be our only option. Becoming sustainable in our own country, and creating our own power is a huge way to reduce costs in the long-term and become self-sufficient. Why wouldn’t you want to do that? Because of the sight of turbines? Do you prefer to look at flooded houses, people’s lives ruined and the costs of (materially) putting them right again?

    Your much-loved fossil fuels are harming the poor right now with ridiculous amounts of pollution all over London and indeed the World. The global South is suffering from corrupt oil companies (financed by our Western countries) destroying their lands, children are already quite literally starving to death because of drought and lack of food & water due to climate change, wild fires are at an all-time high, flooding is becoming more severe globally and even in our own Borough….and you want business as usual, because at the moment you are alright I assume? What’s your plan to leave a better place for the next generation?

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  • 8th November 2021 at 2:48 pm
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    The elementary science, you don’t need to be an expert, is carbon dioxide is essential to life on earth as humans can’t breath without it and its the food plants breathe to make them grow. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is about 0.04% of the atmosphere and there are natural variations, whereas man made emissions are a fraction of this and irrelevant due to the natural variations.

    Climate is always changing and there has always been extreme weather, as even Noah said, “it never used to flood like this when I was a boy”, but we notice such events more due an increased population and modern media coverage.

    Humanity has progressed throughout the ages by building the infrastructure and education to cope with changes in climate and that’s the solution today too not by rejecting the modern world.

    Professing support for the poor of Africa is worthy, but the reality is the ‘green’ solutions promoted by the corporate green lobby, such as banning coal but extracting Lithium, which is a raw material essential to modern technology and “going electric” comes at a high price for African children.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/03/child-labour-toxic-leaks-the-price-we-could-pay-for-a-greener-future

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