Notes on: Climate Change, by Tony Juniper and Emily Shuckburgh
Ladybird Expert series 2017, (52 pages including some illustrations)
Paul Donnelly, August 2017
Paul was a highly respected, committed member of Dublin Friends of the Earth and suddenly passed away in November 2017. He spent much of his time collating information about climate change in order to make the topic more accessible for people. May he rest in peace.
Carbon dioxide is the perfect killer. Invisible and odourless, it exerts its mal-effects insidiously and so surreptitiously that they have managed to avoid registering on most peoples’ daily list of concerns. Indeed this has allowed its continued production to be regarded by many as essential to maintaining the quality of life that most of us currently enjoy.
The election is in the closing stretch. The final leaders' debate is tonight. Will they discuss climate change? Probably not, but even if they do it'll be short and superficial at best. The reality, however, is that whoever forms the next Government will find climate change high on the policy agenda because of the Paris Agreement, looming EU targets and competing interest groups at home.
So how much thought have the parties actually given it? Below you can see and read for yourself.
Today was the global day of action on climate change. There was a bike rally organised here by friends of the Earth Poland and some other groups under the coalition of bikes for climate.
It was a huge critical mass of many many cyclists. It was bigger than any other group of cyclists i have ever been in. We cycled around the misty city singing and chanting for climate action. It was really great to see the road filled with only by Trams and bicycles, very much the way I think it should be.
Today for the first time I successfully caught the special shuttle bus that goes from near my hotel, direct to the entrance of the convention centre. Slightly frighteningly, it said on the bus that it was going to COP 34! Thinking it might be some kind of time travel bus, Jerrieann and I hoped on it and discussed if we thought there would be a COP 34. I said that if there are still enough resources and enough people left for it in 20 years time it will be a good sign. The magical shuttle bus meant that I was sitting down with my daily program 15 minutes before the 8.30am FOE meeting. At this meeting we go through the COP agenda for the day and make sure that we have someone in every session gathering information on all the areas we need to keep track of. The good early start to the day meant that the day continued very productively. I took part in a speed penguin action to get some pictures that FOE Austria wanted for their press. It was very fast because we didn't have permission for it from security. The question the penguins are asking is "will this COP set the scene to save them?"