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Letter: It’s Now or Never for Fighting Climate Change

Published on: 3 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 3 Jul, 2020

From: Alison Moulden

In response to: Drive For Growth Spells Doom For The Planet We Are Leaving Our Children

Well said, Bill Smith.

To fight climate change it’s now or never.

Now, or watch a billion+ climate refugees move out of uninhabitable swathes of the planet.

Now, or see one disaster kick off the next disaster, in a chain we cannot stop, as the poles melt, seas rise, devastating storms increase, droughts become frequent, and food becomes scarcer.

Do we want a high street full of swanky clothes shops now, and empty supermarket shelves in a few decades?

Or do we want to stop “business as usual”, decide on a green recovery, and live on a habitable planet where we can still find food in the shops for our families?

Now, it has to be now. Because who would want never?

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Responses to Letter: It’s Now or Never for Fighting Climate Change

  1. Julia Shaw Reply

    July 3, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Beautifully said by Alison Moulden. A green recovery in Guildford would make it a much better place to live in.

  2. Robert Shatwell Reply

    July 4, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    When it comes to climate change Guildford suffers from the inactivity of everyone in the world. Now we must all take action to reduce global warming.

    Not everyone is aware, for instance, that the Himalayan glaciers have shrunk by over 300m in depth in the last 10 years causing over 3,000 glacial meltwater lakes, only being held back by the nearest terminal moraine, rock debris from glacial erosion, which could burst anytime flooding the whole of N India, Pakistan, Myanmar and China.

    I know the Himalayas are thousands of miles away but what happens in Surrey affects the rest of the world, so please think carefully when you waste electricity or food, it all contributes to global warming.

  3. Susie Campbell Reply

    July 4, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    As Alison Moulden’s letter says, we are at a tipping point. Either we choose to take action to avert climate catastrophe now or it will be too late.

    The tragedies of Coronavirus have shown us that things can change – have to change – and so I hope we will choose to take this opportunity to begin afresh and make a green recovery rather than suffering the negative changes that will otherwise be forced upon us.

  4. Vicky Rimmer Reply

    July 6, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Well said Alison. We need to ditch GDP as a measure of growth and start using real measures. Climate change, species extinction rates etc.

    Bring on a basic universal income, tax the wealthy properly and make sure our children’s children can survive in a planet full of fish, animals and trees.

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