Eco-realism v. hippy extremism? When it comes to speaking-out about climate change, too much doomsaying can turn people off and make engagement seem futile. Yet too much optimism, and the status quo may not shift in time. Getting this balance right is perhaps the greatest challenge facing a new group of environmental activists, known as Extinction Rebellion, who want to use civil disobedience to highlight the climate crisis. Drawing upon findings from a recent UN report on climate change, the movement argues that the world only has “12 years left” to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. They consequently want the UK to reach net-zero emissions by 2025. “We say the social contract has been broken, so we not only have a right to rebel, we have a duty to rebel”, said Gail Bradbrook, an experienced activist and mother of two, at a press conference last week. Rather than submit yet another petition, they believe that peaceful but arrestable protest is the … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Rebellion Day: does the gravity of climate change ever justify breaking the law?
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As Hurricane Michael pummeled the Gulf coast, a less deadly but equally ferocious media storm formed around Florida Governor Rick Scott, whose alleged climate change denial has been blamed for putting Floridians in harm's way. Viral videos, New York Times op-eds, and Guardian contributors all highlighted Rick Scott's "backward stance" on climate change after Michael, a powerful typhoon, made landfall along the Florida Panhandle. According to these media reports and commentaries, Scott's "science denial" has endangered Florida residents. In other words, if Scott were more vocal about man-made climate change, Florida would have been better prepared for – or perhaps could have even prevented – the devastating hurricane. "Florida is the state most endangered by climate change," declares a video published by Now This. "But Gov. Scott's strategy for dealing with it is denial." The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof also took Scott to task for his stance on climate change, writing … [Read more...] about Media storm targets Gov. Rick Scott’s climate change denial after Hurricane Michael pummels Florida
The Prince of Wales will share his concerns about climate change, and urge gardeners to get as much information as possible about the source of their plants, during his appearance on Gardeners’ World.Charles, a keen gardener, will appear on the BBC Two programme to discuss the threats posed by pests and diseases to our native plants and trees.He was interviewed at Highgrove by presenter Adam Frost for the episode, which will be broadcast on July 18.On the programme, Charles shares a piece of advice with Frost for gardeners at home.He says: “Talk to the nurseries where you’re getting your plants from, and ask them: where do they come from? Have they been properly checked through quarantine? Have you got a biosecurity policy because of the risks we’re now facing of all these pests and diseases?“And, with climate change adding to these huge challenges and because of the warming up of everything, more and more of these pests and diseases can flourish here, … [Read more...] about Prince of Wales shares climate change concerns on Gardeners’ World
The Scottish government has left environmental campaigners disappointed by failing to commit to a 100 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. The country’s new climate change bill has been described as a “missed opportunity” after ministers pledged to introduce a tough new emissions target. New legislation will commit the country to reducing harmful emissions by 90 per cent by 2050. Though it is an improvement on the current targets of 80 per cent reductions, experts have warned that a so-called “net-zero” target will be necessary to meet the terms of the Paris climate agreement. Read more UK is ‘first developed economy to examine Paris climate commitments’ Environmental campaigners have been pressing for a net zero target – which would mean all emissions were balanced by their removal from the atmosphere – to be in the new bill. However, the Scottish government insisted advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change … [Read more...] about Scotland not doing enough to tackle climate change despite new target, campaigners say
A LEADING Marbella expat has secured the speaker of a lifetime at a high profile climate change conference. International wine expert, Pancho Campo, has confirmed Barack Obama for this summer’s Climate Change Leadership Porto Summit on July 6 in Portugal. This will be the fourth climate change conference Chilean native, Campo, has organised with the former three taking place in Spain with a focus on the wine industry. The Marbella-based businessman told the Olive Press his main goal is to ‘empower people’. “We want to engage them to do something at their own level. It’s up to each of us. “Whether you are a student, a politician or a CEO, put into practice what Obama and the others are going to tell you,” urged Campo. The entrepreneur became passionate about the subject 15 years ago after witnessing first hand the effects of climate change on skiing trips and ‘unbearably hot’ summers in Florida. After carrying out extensive … [Read more...] about Marbella expat confirms Barack Obama as guest speaker at leading climate change conference