Meeting into ‘climate chaos’ planned in Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 14:35 10 January 2019

Climate change will be discussed at the meeting

Climate change will be discussed at the meeting

MarianVejcik

An emergency meeting about the state of climate change will be held in Clevedon next week.

The town’s environment forum and a coalition of concerned local groups will host a meeting on January 24 to discuss ways to reduce carbon emissions in the area.

In October last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated the world needed to half carbon emissions by 2030 in order to avoid an ‘irreversible spiral into climate chaos’.

The environmental forum will kick-start the discussion in Clevedon, posing the questions: What does the climate emergency mean for Clevedon and what can we do?

Chris Boddington, from the forum, said: “This can never be achieved merely by appealing to people’s consciences. It is a climate emergency.

“It means radically rethinking energy supplies, transport, jobs and food supplies.

“A few months ago we organised a meeting to push for extending the Strawberry Line to Clevedon.

“I thought we might get about six people turning up but we got around 100.

“People are committed to improving our environment and to reduce traffic and pollution.

“It is this kind of commitment which can make the threat of devastating climate change recede.

“The scale of the challenge is at least as great as defeating Nazism. We should take inspiration from the British people and government who rose to the challenge in 1939-45.

“They proved in the face of overwhelming odds, our world can be saved.

“If you feel isolated in your concern for the future, and the world is heading in the wrong direction, remember things can change very quickly.

“I don’t want my grandchildren to be struggling with out-of-control temperatures, wildfires and floods, massive movements of displaced people, worsening health and I do not want them to be cursing us for having done nothing.”

The meeting will give individuals the opportunity to suggest and discuss different ideas about what to do from emailing and writing to business leaders and politicians or to kick-start some campaigns.

The meeting will be held at the St Andrew’s Church Centre, in Old Church Road, at 7pm on January 24.

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