Environmental activism

“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”
Wendell Berry

My journey to awareness of the dangers of climate change have come from sources like these.

Dr. James Hansen’s journey from environmental scientist with NASA to environmental activist is compelling.

And Naomi Klein’s book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate” sets out clearly how, with respect to climate change, we got to where we are now.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate

It is in fact a very hopeful book, despite the examples of how we have messed up the biosphere, exacerbating the damage with the politics and economics that have held sway for the past 30 years or so. For a time, right now, we still have influence over whether we get more climate change fuelled disaster capitalism, or we wake up, act collectively to transition off of fossil fuels, and have a hope for bright future for all, not just the rich who have the capital to protect themselves. “Change, or be changed”. Klein’s book makes it clear that if one cares about the Earth, and all its inhabitants, and wants to work towards a better future, it is essential to become politically active, and demand the necessary changes.

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Zero Carbon Harrogate was launched in January 2016 by the Environmental Officer for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, Jemima Parker, as a result of the community screening of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate” at St Peter’s, Harrogate, on 11/12/2015. Zero Carbon Harrogate is a part of a larger initiative, Zero Carbon Yorkshire. Grow small local groups, working to the same agenda, and eventually the whole big jig saw comes together. As Naomi Klein says in “This Changes Everything”, “we just need to find each other”. Zero Carbon Harrogate has a social media presence so that what we are doing can be shared more widely.

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Zero Carbon Harrogate’s mission and scope

Zero Carbon Harrogate Facebook site

Zero Carbon Yorkshire website

Zero Carbon Yorkshire Project outline Feb 16

This TED talk by Al Gore was recorded in February 2016, a couple of months after COP21 reached its historic, and highly significant agreements. The numbers, trends, and statistics are encouraging. There is a need now to ensure that there is not a Republican President at the next USA election this year. All of the Republican candidates are climate change deniers, and would scupper the agreements reached at COP21. 

Al Gore: the case for optimism on climate change


Three climate change events in Harrogate this November 2016:screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-20-17-43 screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-20-17-31 screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-20-17-17