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Great turnout for the Sunday Slot. Great presentations too.
At 300 bookings and a waiting list of another 30, the April conference is looking full of promise.
It may well have ’competition’ at its opening, though, from the Extinction Rebellion crowd, two of whom in our midst explained why they feel MOVED to ’act up’ to catalyse resistance to climate change.
Eveline told us why she’s taking action to turn food waste into compost and thence back to food, and invited folks to contribute either their own food waste or to the attendant costs of getting her project established.
After a poignant 3 minute video by 15 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg chastising ’world leaders’ for their inaction on climate change, Marilyn Hamilton did a ’half term’ report on her ’cChallenge’ initiative wherein 30+ local participants committed to making a climate related change for a month. It’s going well, it seems.
Maria Cooper reports that the current YIPP-ies are busy completing their Zero Waste initiative and associated programme. Maria also has a full house of participants for her second series of ’Carbon Conversations’, and has a waiting list for another. She also says there’s space for a local teenager in the young folks’ version of CCC19. If you know someone with sufficient interest and engagement, contact Maria.
Speaking personally, it’s great to witness these varying efforts to reduce our carbon footprints and change our lifestyles in anticipation of, and preparation for, the climate change that’s clearly already afoot. When you’ve done that, AND still want to offset the emissions you can’t reduce (for heating &/or travel), I am happy to make myself available for those wishing help to navigate PET’s carbon calculator (https://parkecovillagetrust.co.uk/about/carbon-offset/). Feel free to email or phone me.
Finally, it’s encouraging to see increasing mainstream coverage of climate change. Here’s a sobering ’carbon bite’ from the New York Times:
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are higher than they have been in 800,000 years, and average global temperatures have risen. The last four years have been the hottest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization, and the 20 warmest years on record have all come in the past 22 years. Ocean temperatures have broken records several straight years.
The Washington Post also did a strong piece this week that brought climate change home to Americans, covering recent floods, fires, and fishing effects that enable them to see it. So, despite our ‘Denier In Chief’, it seems that 66% of Americans now ‘believe’ in man-made climate change and support government action to respond accordingly.