Climate strike
Climate strike

“There is no fate but what we make”

A famous film quote, but so applicable to the pre-eminent threat we face from the climate crisis.

In a publication on the NASA website it is stated that:

“97% or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree – Climate warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.”

With such overwhelming expert scientific consensus it is a wonder why so many governments are yet to truly make a real attempt to address the human impact upon our climate.

Neoliberalism has proven itself to be highly self-destructive.

  • The markets have not responded to the threat.
  • The markets have not driven a move to solution.
  • The markets have only led to a continuation of reliance on high profit, high carbon ways of the past, rejecting scientific evidence.

Therefore it is only going to be us, the people, and our decisive intervention that will break this cycle of inaction and tackle this crisis.

Young people are presently leading on this. I can assure you that these youth strikes are not taken likely by those taking part. Young people have seen the evidence, taken an objective view, and agreed that we face an existential threat which we have little time to address.

As a result of these factors they have determined there is no time and no other mechanism to press for rapid change, other than to strike to shock the system into a response. And I dare say there isn’t a person out there who would legitimately claim it hasn’t been working.

From the work of Greta Thunberg to our local Suffolk youth strikers, as a result of their cumulative direct action the profile of the climate crisis has rapidly risen over recent times. And we need to listen, because they are right.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated we, as a planet, have only ten years to halve our global carbon emissions to stand a chance of reversing the current trajectory.

Our fate is in our hands, which is why this election is a “Climate Election”. What we decide as a nation over the next few weeks, will determine what we do over the next five years and that will be instrumental. If we fail to bring about a Green New Deal now as a result of this election, we will be out of time.

Children’s futures depend upon it, and they know it. They are asking for you and me to put this at the forefront of our minds in the very important decision that we will make in this election.

Give them hope. Give them a future. Demand change. Demand a Green New Deal. Vote Labour and make it happen.

So I send a message of solidarity to the youth climate strikers today. I congratulate them for their courage, their passion and their commitment. I assure you that I and many others are listening.


Cameron Matthews

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