The National Climate March takes place on the 4th of December - it's the one time in the year we put as many people together as we can to say we need radical action to address the climate emergency, one simple thing we can do. This event doesn’t just happen – people work like crazy to make it happen - all you have to do is turn up, to make their work worthwhile.
Our guest writer is
Anton Gijsen Phil Thornhill of the Campaign against Climate Change
Do you remember that thing called ‘climate change’? There was a bit of a fuss about it recently, wasn’t there – that Copenhagen thing – but obviously no need to worry, as its all blown over now. Last year you couldn’t move for NGOs sounding off about it but they all seem to have gone pretty quiet now.
They all said the Copenhagen thing was a failure but that obviously doesn’t matter much. And we’ve got much more important things to worry about now – REAL issues that affect my wallet or pay packet now.
There was all that rhetoric wasn’t there about it being the most important issue of our times with the lives of literally billions at risk.
True, there’s been the odd bit in the news about the warmest year ever, record low Arctic ice volume, droughts and then floods in Niger, record floods in Pakistan, record temperatures, fires and ruined crops in Russia leading to a grain embargo causing food riots in places like Mozambique – but that says it all doesn’t it: its just the poorest people in faraway places who are getting ground progressively ever further into the dust. We don’t have to worry.
I mean there are some out there claiming people will still be talking about this issue when everything else on this website will look like so much trivial babble by comparison. Well even just suppose for a minute, just for the sake of argument, that’s right; I mean just because its the greatest crisis ever doesn’t mean we actually have to make a fuss about it.
The National Climate March takes place on the 4th of December – it’s the one time in the year we put as many people together as we can to say we need radical action to address the climate emergency, one simple thing we can do. This event doesn’t just happen – people work like crazy to make it happen – all you have to do is turn up, to make their work worthwhile.
Point a way forward that doesn’t duck the biggest issue of all. Climate Jobs to build a Zero Carbon Britain. 4th December. Check it out here: www.campaigncc.org/climatemarch2010.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.