1 Oct 2008

Acme Climate Action and 98 months to go

I'm just back from a Council training session after work - learning how to access reports on their new internal web - a great improvement and should make it easier to keep track of stuff the Council are doing...anyway home to far too many emails - apols I am behind again in answering - and have just been distracted by an interesting website with what looks like an interesting book for sale - neigh it is not a book but more an action pack for tackling climate change - designed to be stripped apart and every last part of it turned into the battle to help fight global warming - see a film about it here - and more at their website: www.acmeclimateaction.com

Meanwhile The Guardian today carried another article from Andrew Simms - 98 months, and counting - this referred to the 100 months we have left to tackle climate change (see more here). He writes: "Governments moved quickly to rescue our banks. Why does it take any longer to act to save the planet from runaway warming?"

Simms also highlights again the extraordinary statement by Al Gore when said: "I believe we have reached the stage, where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration."

At last some people with power are getting more serious about the threats we face. His comments followed six Greenpeace campaigners who were brought to trial last month facing damage claims. They climbed a chimney at the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in an attempt to close it down, getting as far as daubing the word "Gordon" on the smokestack before an injunction stopped them finishing off with the words "bin it". At the trial, the jury refused to convict them after hearing expert witness evidence on the threat of climate change. They accepted the "lawful excuse" defence, which allows property to be damaged if it is done in the name of preventing damage to property elsewhere. See more here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have always thought this is an issue that should have more space - I remember the 70s when there seemed to be more awareness - why did that not continue?