Culture Declares Emergency

Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of climate change, a mass extinction of vital biodiversity and a degradation of ecosystems health. (https://www.culturedeclares.org/resources/why-declare-why-culture) This will have a growing impact on our lives, on people across the world, on wildlife, and on our planet for future generations. I , Jill Goodman, declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency I pledge to work with and support our community and local government in tackling this Emergency, and we call on others to do the same.  My intentions are: 1. I will tell the Truth Governments, and their public broadcasters and cultural agencies, must tell the truth about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and… Read More

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climate emergency

I was utterly dismayed that our parish council voted 7:1 against joining Cornwall Council and other parishes in declaring a Climate Change Emergency (North Hill PC September 2019) So I ands 17 others sent a letter and attended the following month’s meeting, but to no avail, no change in their views.The one parish councillor that voted ‘for’ was Adrian Parsons, a local farmer, County Councillor and member of the Cornwall Council working group on climate. We’re setting up an autonomous group, North Hill Climate Action Group (or something like that) Our letter to North Hill Parish Council, 3/10/2019 Dear Parish Councillors We are writing in support of the one Parish… Read More

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We Cannot Say… painting

‘We Cannot Say We Were Not Warned’ Click images to see a larger size, and click the arrows to go on or back Oil paint and cold wax medium on canvas, 30x120cm The title is from an article by Astra Taylor, in which she talks about her book Democracy may not exist but we’ll miss it when it’s gone: www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/01/bad-ancestors-climate-crisis-democracy And her documentary film, What Is Democracy? https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/what-is-democracy-film-astra-taylor Related Images:

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Greta Thunberg

“The Greta Thunberg problem’ so many men freaking out about the tiny Swedish climate demon” The First Dog on the Moon and ‘The Greta Thunberg Problem’, published today in The Guardian – an amazing young person and my favourite cartoon: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/27/the-greta-thunberg-problem-so-many-men-freaking-out-about-the-tiny-swedish-climate-demon And her speech at the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 April), Greta urges MEPs to “start panicking about climate change” rather than “waste time arguing about Brexit”. Related Images:

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World Environment Day

5th June “It is time to act decisively. My message to governments is clear: tax pollution; end fossil fuel subsidies; and stop building new coal plants. We need a green economy not a grey economy.” — Secretary-General, António Guterres https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentday/ https://www.worldenvironmentday.global Today I’ve collected and replanted 3 little oak trees. These were seedlings from last autumn’s acorns, growing in my vegetable plots. They’ll be planted out in the woodland in October. Trees help to combat global heating by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Our woodland was planted in December 2000, it’s now well-established and home to many wildlife. Related Images:

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rapid decline of natural ecosystems

“We should have gone to the doctor sooner. We are in a bad way” Prof Andy Pervis, Natural History Museum, London, and author of the UN Global Assessment Report, in The Guardian 07/05/2019 “Make no mistake, this report will change your life,” says .  Prof David Reay at the University of Edinburgh, in The Guardian online 02/05/2019 “The health of ecosystems on which we and other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of enemies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide….. we have lost time. We must act now” Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity… Read More

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Costing the earth

Climate change How do we make the invisible visible? Can artists, alongside scientists, make artwork to do this? Listening today to this Radio 4 programme ‘Costing the Earth’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00017b8 Artists have always responded to the environment, but “this is a real problem now…. because the environment is under threat”. How can we make art now about the relationship of human beings to the environment – “…… we have become a disease on the surface of the planet. This changes everything.” (Julian Spalding, former director of the Natural History Museum).   Related Images:

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60%

Humanity has managed to wipe out 60% of Earth’s animal populations since 1970 The Living Planet Index, produced for WWF by the Zoological Society of London, uses data on 16,704 populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, representing more than 4,000 species, to track the decline of wildlife between 1970 and 2014. www.wwf.org.uk/updates/living-planet-report-2018 We are continuing to destroy habitats, pollute air and water, and add to the causes of climate change.  Our consumption of food and resources is destroying the web of life that has been billions of years in the making.  The biggest cause of wildlife losses is the destruction of natural habitats, much of it to create farmland.… Read More

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12-year window

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate (IPCC – http://ipcc.ch/organization/organization.shtml ) change have published a key report which calls for urgent action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C in order to prevent environmental catastrophe. The IPCC assessments draws on the work of hundreds of scientists from all over the world who volunteer their time and expertise. The report illustrates mounting impacts and fast-approaching, irreversible tipping points. Nicolas Stern: Accelerate the transition to clean and sustainable growth or suffer the mounting damage from sea-level rise, floods and droughts that will severely hinder efforts to tackle poverty, raise living standards and improve prosperity…… Governments, companies and communities should embrace this transition to a clean and sustainable… Read More

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Yawning at the apocalypse

A pig ate his fill of acorns under an oak tree and then started to root around the tree. A crow remarked,’ You should not do this. If you lay bare the roots, the tree will wither and die.’ ‘Let it die,’ said the pig. ‘Who cares so long as there are acorns?’   [adapted from a fable by Andrew Krylov in the article quoted below]   Yawning at the apocalypse is the title of an article I’ve just read in ‘the psychologist’ magazine , written by Cameron Brick and Sander van der Linden, on how psychologists can help solve the largest social dilemma in history – climate change. Here’s a couple of… Read More

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