Jan 2020 Climate Awareness Part 7:

from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon by Kimwei

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7. From Emergency to Vision.

2019 was an historic year for the Climate and Ecological Emergency. It was a year in which a 16 year old Activist became a household name, and TIME’s person of the year - Greta Thunberg,

That people from all walks of life got out on the streets to protest - children, parents, grandparents, ordinary working people, performers, professionals, teachers, doctors, celebrities.

The year Sir David Attenborough presented his documentary Climate Change: The Facts and that all media channels reported on the climate crisis, rather than the previously reported climate “debate”

It was a year which saw scientists willing to be arrested to make governments listen, and that saw the Daily Mail publish a headline beginning with the words “Extinction Rebellion protesters are RIGHT…”

What will 2020 bring? If 2019 was the year of the emergency, then what if we make 2020 the year of vision? The year we create a new vision for our future.

Since 2019 was the year that the Daily Mirror boldly dedicated an entire issue to The Climate and Ecological Emergency, I leave you with Dr Emily Grossman’s words, speaking for them in November last year.

“This emergency is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.
It is man-made and we have to stop making it worse, or – for the first time – we will face a catastrophe we cannot think, invent or buy our way out of. It will affect 100% of us and everything we love. The future of our children, and our grandchildren, is at stake.
We must act radically, before it’s too late. We cannot afford to wait another second.”

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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