Tag: Greta Thunberg

<strong></strong>The climate events you need to know about this Autumn
Climate and Environment

The climate events you need to know about this Autumn

In June of this year, Britain became the first country to declare a climate emergency. Since then, nature seems yet again to have taken a back-bench against other issues such as Brexit. It is very easy to lose hope in the face of a government which isn’t prioritising such an enormous crisis. I’ve put together a series of events to keep your eye on this Autumn which you can get involved with — whether in person or remotely — to maintain pressure on the government to act now. Global Climate Strike — 20th September, Worldwide On Friday 20th September this year, school children will strike yet again. Only this time, they are inviting people of all ages to leave work and “demand an end to the age of fossil fuels”. These incredible strikes began with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-ol...
Climate change wasn't my priority. Then I met extinction rebellion.
Climate and Environment

Climate change wasn't my priority. Then I met extinction rebellion.

“The world is dying”.  Such a broad statement, until a few months ago, irked me. It seemed to neglect the complexity of the balance between economic and climate wellbeing. It was the talk of dreadlocked hippies with little grasp on the “real world”. I used such skepticism to justify an apathetic view on the issue: I was aware of climate change, I was aware of the obscure, fabled 2o rise in global temperature, I just struggled to engage with the issue enough to make me really care. Yet as I ventured further into research on the subject, a creeping realisation of the extent of the climate crisis dawned on me. It was a rude awakening when, after attending my first “Youth Strike 4 Climate”, I realised that hyperbole on climate change is impossible. This apparently subtle shift in atti...