Memo to England and Wales Green party

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It’s very easy to despair at you despite being supportive. Please stop being so nice and instead try to get some some serious political clout to save the planet. Be practical instead of nice and accomodating. So with those split roles, split them so you have X addressing these issues Y addressing these issues … got it?

The sort of pitch to take. Make speeches with catchphrases to grab the headlines. You could discuss desperate times needing something actions, votes wasted on the 2 main parties because their policies are indistinguishable, climate deniers and destroyers, denying and destroying the planet … get the idea?

Announce looking into electoral pacts – those desperate times again. FFS get as many MPs elected as you possibly can – desperate times.

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Rishi Sunak condemned for announcing 100 new oil and gas licences amid climate emergency

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https://leftfootforward.org/2023/07/rishi-sunak-condemned-for-announcing-100-new-oil-and-gas-licences-amid-climate-emergency/

Image of InBedWithBigOil by Not Here To Be Liked + Hex Prints from Just Stop Oil's You May Find Yourself... art auction. Rishi Sunak, Fossil Fuels and Rupert Murdoch appear.
Image of InBedWithBigOil by Not Here To Be Liked + Hex Prints from Just Stop Oil’s You May Find Yourself… art auction. Rishi Sunak, Fossil Fuels and Rupert Murdoch appear.

‘Climate change is already battering the planet with unprecedented wildfires and heatwaves across the globe.’

The Prime Minister has today been condemned by opposition politicians as well as environmental groups after announcing the approval of about 100 new North Sea oil and gas licences amid a climate emergency.

Sunak, who says he’s committed to net zero, made the announcement during a visit to Aberdeenshire, arguing that the move would help the UK reach its target of meeting net zero by 2050.

It also draws a sharp dividing line with the Labour Party which has said that it will block new oil and gas developments in Britain if it wins power, saying it would focus instead on investments in renewable sources such as wind and nuclear power.

Sunak’s announcement comes at a time when the UN General Secretary is warning that the era of global warming has ended and “the era of global boiling has arrived”, after scientists confirmed July was on track to be the world’s hottest month on record and with heat waves causing wildfires in Europe’s Mediterranean region, Sunak seems totally divorced from reality with his latest announcement.

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement of new oil and gas licences, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said: “Rishi Sunak’s energy security drive should focus on energy efficiency and the UK’s vast home-grown renewable resources, rather than championing more costly and dirty fossil fuels.

“Climate change is already battering the planet with unprecedented wildfires and heatwaves across the globe. Granting hundreds of new oil and gas licences will simply pour more fuel on the flames, while doing nothing for energy security as these fossil fuels will be sold on international markets and not reserved for UK use.”

https://leftfootforward.org/2023/07/rishi-sunak-condemned-for-announcing-100-new-oil-and-gas-licences-amid-climate-emergency/

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Just Stop Oil’s Art Auction

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https://theauctioncollective.com/auctions/you-may-find-yourself/

You May Find Yourself…

02 JUNE 2023 – 23 JUNE 2023, Ends 04:00 PM (UK time)

Known across the globe for targeting artworks and cultural events with non-violent direct action, Just Stop Oil supporters have continued to engage with contemporary artists, academics and activists.

Artists and collectors, such as Gavin Turk, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Jamie Reid, William Mackinnon, Peter Kennard, Boy George and more will showcase their works in support of Just Stop Oil’s demand: that the British government immediately halts all new fossil fuel licensing and consents. 

Standing with them are FILET space, The Koppel Project, The Auction Collective, and the Vivienne Foundation. 

This is where we find ourselves, living at a crisis point that will birth a new age. This is an intervention. And this is just the beginning.

Avenger Angel

https://theauctioncollective.com/auctions/you-may-find-yourself/avenger-angel-9/

Avenging Angel is Jamie Reid’s appropriation of Titian’s Bacchus, with added phallus and molotov cocktail, taking revenge on the all encompassing threat of Global Capitalism.

In Bed With Big Oil

https://theauctioncollective.com/auctions/you-may-find-yourself/in-bed-with-big-oil-11/

The UK Government’s Hypocritical Stance on Protest

https://theauctioncollective.com/auctions/you-may-find-yourself/the-uk-governments-hypocritical-stance-on-protest-51/


“A cartoon I drew while in prison for nonviolent protest after hearing Rishi Sunak comment on China’s response to protesters.”

Mair is 35, lives in Derby and works as animator making science communication videos for environmental researchers. She’s been involved with climate protests since 2019 and was imprisoned for 6 weeks on remand as part of the JSO M25 actions in November 2022.

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Humanity at the climate crossroads: highway to hell or a livable future?

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Humanity at the climate crossroads: highway to hell or a livable future?

Damian Carrington

The choice in the new IPCC report is stark: what we do in the next few years will determine our fate for millennia

After a 10,000-year journey, human civilisation has reached a climate crossroads: what we do in the next few years will determine our fate for millennia.

That choice is laid bare in the landmark report published on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), assembled by the world’s foremost climate experts and approved by all the world’s governments. The next update will be around 2030 – by that time the most critical choices will have been made.

The report is clear what is at stake – everything: “There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”

“Continued emissions will further affect all major climate system components, and many changes will be irreversible on centennial to millennial time scales,” it says. To follow the path of least suffering – limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C – greenhouse gas emissions must peak “at the latest before 2025”, the report says, followed by “deep global reductions”. Yet in 2022, global emissions rose again to set a new record.

Humanity at the climate crossroads: highway to hell or a livable future?

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