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Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

Sun, 2017-10-22 19:00 -- David

I have been calling for a new narrative for the past year now, ever since I was told by ACF that it would not support The Climate Emergency Declaration because research has shown that such terms as "emergency", and "war like footing" have a negative impact on society.   Academics say that such words turn people off the topic, and that uplifting and positive stories engender better engagement.

We're heading for a Permian Type Extinction Event

Sun, 2017-09-24 21:30 -- David

Guy Lane, 23 september 2017

On the first of September, 1939, the German military invaded Poland, kicking off World War II.  Many Polish people on the new front line were likely unaware of what was befalling them as the first of the Junker bombers pounded them with high explosives, early in the morning.

From wikipedia: “The first regular act of war took place on 1 September 1939, at 04:40, when the Luftwaffe attacked the Polish town of Wieluń destroying 75% of the city and killing close to 1,200 people, most of them civilians.”

Urge, Splurge, Purge

Sun, 2017-09-17 13:37 -- David

Excellent article by George Monbiot on how the current economic paradifgm is destroying the environment:

The demand for perpetual economic growth, and the collective madness it provokes, leads inexorably to environmental collapse.

Published in the Guardian, 13th September 2017.

Major insurers urge G20 leaders to commit to 2020 fossil fuel subsidy phase out

Wed, 2016-08-31 18:32 -- David

Multi-national insurers with more than USD 1.2 trillion in assets under management have urged governments to commit to phasing out fossil fuel subsides by 2020 at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China next month.

Insurance companies Aviva, Aegon NV and MS Amlin have signed a joint statement, along with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Open Energi, warning governments of the risks of continuing to fund the production of oil, coal and gas.

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