Poll: should should the UK declare a climate emergency?

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There is a growing clamour for the UK to declare a climate emergency in the wake of mass protests against environmental destruction.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Government will declare one – and this week Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will try to force Prime Minister Theresa May to do the same.

There is no one definition of what a ‘climate emergency’ means, but proponents say declaring one will be a means of co-ordinating action
and policies.

A major demand is for the country to become carbon neutral by 2030 – a jump on the Scottish Government’s target of 2050.

The calls come after the United Nations warned we have 12 years to stave off to limit a climate change catastrophe.

This has led to an international wave of school strikes by pupils and mass protests by the Extinction Rebellion group.

That’s why we’re asking – should the UK declare a climate emergency?

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30th April 2019 by Graham Martin 4 Comments

Should the UK declare a climate emergency?

Poll results (total votes: 80)

Should the UK declare a climate emergency?

30th April 2019 by Jake

Were destroying the Earth with our greed.

2nd May 2019 by Rose Clarkson

If there is any chance that this would result in more concerted action and policy (e.g. carbon neutral by 2030) this can only be a good thing! We are still doing much too little, too late.

3rd May 2019 by maxxmacc

A war on CO2 is like a war on ants. Utterly pointless.

7th May 2019 by Lok yue

Id be a lot moire inclined to support this if people could make up their mind about some basic facts: There is no one definition of what a ‘climate emergency’ means (sic) So we don't know what is we're going to declare about. Just to put things into perspective here are two learned statements about the future. a. According to Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, , “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” and b. In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” More recently Al Gore's 'An inconvenient truth' was refused permission to be shown to British schools unless eleven false statements were removed, the final one: "The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim." 50 years ago people paraded in sandwich boards proclaiming 'the end is nigh' without supporting evidence. These days we do much the same with social media