We can’t go back to ‘normal’

Coronavirus and Climate Change I’m writing this at a time of global crisis as the Coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world – every country is forced to lockdown and cope with this crisis. Here in the UK those of us who are not key workers are staying at home to avoid spreading the virus. All public gatherings are cancelled, shops selling non-essentials are closed, schools are open only for the children of key workers, care workers are at risk without personal protective equipment (PPE). The NHS in our cities is struggling to manage the daily increase in Covid-19 cases; there is not enough PPE for every health worker or… Read More

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Coronavirus & Hope

This global crisis could lead to positive change…. for the climate and for equality across the world. ‘Hope is everywhere… but without demands hope is simply standing in the way of the major change that is required. We have to abandon the maps and make our way into the unknown.We have to start listening to all that we’ve stopped listening to.We have to take the lead while keeping a welcome door open behind us.Everyone is needed. The climate crisis is one symptom among many of an unsustainable world.An acute symptom.At the same time the sustainability crisis is a choice.A chance to put everything right.And in that lies our hope.’ Malena… Read More

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Our House Is On Fire

Our House Is On Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Malena and Beata Ernman; Svante and Greta Thunberg, 2018 (translated into English 2020) I’ve read many articles by scientists, researchers and environmentalists – see quotes and resources on on my other website www.lynhervalley.co.uk/quotes – but this book, ‘Our House Is On Fire’, is absolutely inspirational. It is an account of an extraordinary family facing their own difficulties and the responsibility of being alive at this moment when our immediate collective decisions will determine the fate of life on Earth. I could have quoted from every other page, so I’ve had to be very selective: ‘Feminism… Read More

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Parish Climate Emergency Action

Information Fayre Our first Climate Emergency Action within the parish 15-16 Feb 2020 in the village hall at North Hill, Cornwall. We had a really busy weekend, lots of wonderful people visited – residents of the parish and further afield, also councillors and our MP. The website for this Climate Emergency Action is www.northhillclimate.org Also see my new website www.cornwallartistsdeclare.co.uk Related Images:

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Cornwall Artists Declare

Declaring a climate and ecological emergency With a refreshed Lynher Valley website, now a new purpose: climate and ecological emergency, and including Cornwall Artists Declare. So here are the links: www.lynhervalley.co.uk and www.cornwallartistsdeclare.co.uk Artists in the Lynher Valley and right across Cornwall join to declare a climate and ecological emergency. We are adding our voices and actions to the millions of others around the globe declaring a climate and ecological emergency, and call for immediate governmental action to protect all life on Earth.  We call on governments to act now to find the means to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions and reverse biodiversity loss by no later than 2030.… Read More

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Climate Emergency Action

I’m now part of a parish working group to raise awareness about Climate Emergency and encourage action – we all need to do things differently. I have been looking at this for many years, having been part of the Green Tourism Scheme (Gold Award for my tourism accommodation here in Cornwall). So lots of the changes and suggestions I looked at then are now part of my daily life choices. For our parish Climate Emergency Action first event I have compiled a list: ‘50 Things We Can Do‘ which I hope will provide starting points for everyone new to this pathway of making better choices, and also encouraging even more… Read More

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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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