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The Politics of Climate Change – What Can I Do?
The IPCC report on 9 August 2021 was clear: “Climate change – widespread, rapid, and intensifying”
The Guardian’s verdict on the IPCC report was: “As a verdict on the climate crimes of humanity, the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report could not be clearer: guilty as hell.”
The BBC produced a good summary using graphics from the IPCC report to show different scenarios, including images from this summer’s extreme events:
So what we can do to get involved in and influence the politics (with a small 'p') of climate change? These seven ideas are based on my own experience as a town councillor: the most important thing is to start somewhere.
In your own community, find the website of your town or parish council. See if they have declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and, if so, see what their plans are to do something about it.
Take action in 7 key areas
Green Living has seven interactive leaflets to help you and your friends, family, colleagues to understand more and take action:
1 Climate Change
These Green Living leaflets offer key points from the Dorset Green Living Guide with updates in brief, clear style and layout, to lead,
through deeper understanding and broader vision,
to important action you may take, locally and more widely.
Write to your MP
MPs do listen to their constituents and well thought out letters from individuals are, in some ways, more effective than mass campaigns sending the same letter.
There is good information on how to contact your MP here
This website is also useful : https://www.theyworkforyou.com/
How worried should you be by the possibility of sudden emergencies occurring directly or indirectly in response to climate change and related issues?
See this excellent article by Bridport's Alan Heeks at the seeding our future website.