‘People Power’ to stop climate destruction
London – 2 September 2009
“I’m supporting the 10:10 campaign to cut Britain’s carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. Climate destruction is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity. It is more dangerous than terrorism and war. Together, we can help stop global warming and, by our personal example, pressure government and business to do the same,” said Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East.
Yesterday, Mr Tatchell helped launch the 10:10 campaign at the Tate Modern in London, together with Sarah Waters, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Sara Cox, Antony Gormley, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Andrew Motion, Ken Livingstone and Shami Chakrabarti.
You can sign up to support the 10:10 campaign here:
“We need to act now, both on a personal and political level, to halt global warming. The 10:10 campaign is about us taking individual responsibility to ensure that Britain remains a green and pleasant land,” added Mr Tatchell.
“Cutting our personal carbon footprint by 10% by the end of 2010 is a realistic, achievable target that will make an impact. It isn’t hugely difficult.
“I found it a fun challenge and quite easy. It has reduced my energy bills and saved me money. Walking, cycling and not eating meat has also made me fitter and healthier.
“If we each meet the 10% target, we’ll make a significant contribution to reducing Britain’s CO2 emissions.
“We don’t have to wait for the government and business to give us a lead. We can take the initiative ourselves by eliminating energy wastage in our homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
“Join the 10:10 ‘people power’ campaign. Act locally to make a global difference. Help us reverse climate chaos,” said Mr Tatchell.
As well as cutting your personal carbon footprint, write to your MP and MEP, urging them to press the government to reduce Britain’s carbon emissions by 10% before 2011:
Summary – The potential threat posed by climate chaos
“Unless we act now, global warming is likely to melt large parts of the Greenland, Arctic and Antarctic ice fields. This huge volume of melt water will lead to rising seas levels, swamping low-lying agricultural land and leading to food shortages. It could result in new wars for control of diminishing stocks of food and fresh water, as well as blocking access to low-lying vital mineral reserves needed for industrial production.
“Many major world cities, including large parts of London, may become flooded and uninhabitable, creating millions of jobless and homeless refugees – prompting riots and looting. In these dire circumstances of lawlessness and economic chaos and depression, there could be a revival of nationalistic neo-fascist movements that use strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, and which scapegoat ethnic, religious, sexual and political minorities.
“This grim scenario is not inevitable. Greens and people from all parties believe that we can stop climate destruction, with concerted, imaginative policies like the 10:10 campaign and by coordinated Europe Union and UK government action to fund energy conservation and to promote safe, clean, cheap renewable wind, solar, wave and tidal power,” concluded Mr Tatchell.