It’s time to stop this madness

It really is time to stop this madness. Right now, people are burying their dead, in mass graves because there are so many. People are going without clean water and food, searching for their children, their parents, loved ones and friends… We know that the warming of our planet increases the intensity of storms – and what’s happened in the Philippines is a sign of things to come. We must support poorer nations in adapting to the changes already set in motion and we must immediately reduce our green house gas emissions. It’s abhorrent that as the impacts of climate change become clearer our government is seeking to repeal the clean energy package and make it easier for fossil fuel expansion. We will look back on this time and ask – what on earth were they thinking.

“To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce. Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.”

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