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Flooding: symptom of a changing climate

Flooding: symptom of a changing climate

Globally the climate is changing just as climate models have long predicted. Records of extreme flooding, drought, heat and cold are being broken everywhere. Oceanic and atmospheric currants are shifting. While southern Britain floods and the eastern USA freezes California is gripped by drought. Cameron declares he’ll do all he can to help, yet does precious little to avert long term catastrophe, and continues to give a platform to climate change denying headless chickens in his cabinet. The cracks in the Tory party that I blogged about earlier this month are becoming more apparent, as evidenced by the clash between Tim Yeo and Peter Lilley in the Climate Committee. Ed Davey’s attack on the “diabolical cocktail” of right wing Tories and UKIP members undermining any effective action on climate change hits the nail on the head.

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, has called on Cameron to clear-out these climate change denying dinosaurs from the coalition cabinet. I think she’d agree with me that Owen Paterson should be the first to go. We need a greener government right now! A broader coalition, with perhaps Caroline Lucus of the Green Party, and a few of the greener Labour MPs joining the greener Tory and Lib Dem MPs in a coalition united around the emergency that is our changing climate. I’d love to contribute a few policy recommendations! Technologically and philosophically a zero carbon economy is more achievable than our media and politicians seem to realise, and could herald many other beneficial changes.

Meanwhile I’d urge my readership to keep up the lobbying. Please sign the Avaaz ‘Hope from the floods’ petition below, and if you live in Herefordshire then add your voice to our local CAN one. Also as a result of the appalling amount of media coverage devoted to barking mad climate change deniers, and the tiny amount of coverage given to constructive debate of radical mitigation measures, Vanessa Spedding has recently started a petition to the media, which is also well worth signing! There’s a petition form FOE on the issue, just for good measure!

Avaaz Petition https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hope_from_the_floods/?aCzlEab

CAN petition http://campaigns.350.org/petitions/climate-action-now-together-herefordshire-people-can-address-climate-change

Vanessa Spedding’s 38 degrees petition to the media https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/to-the-media-please-debate-the-constructive-responses-to-climate-change-not-its-existence


Friends of the Earth also have a climate petition for you to sign http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/press_for_change/flooding_41765.html?ic_number=13312&m_sourcecode=LM1402121&product=CAMP&utm_source

Yeo vs Lilley http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26133916

Ed Davey http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26165326

Natalie Bennett http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26187711

Even John Kerry is speaking out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26214135