Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review was accused of undermining Boris Johnson’s vision for a green economy by focusing its budget on improving roads. Sunak announced that he was pushing ahead with a £27 billion roads programme but did not offer an increase on the £12 billion that was mobilised to tackle climate change. While the UK chancellor said he was “pursuing the nation’s priorities” with his road-building plans to ease traffic congestion and improve commute times, some environmentalists fear it will attract more traffic and increase emissions. Marcin Branowski, 21, president of pro-market environmentalism not-for-profit, British Conservation Alliance (BCA) told Westminster World he believed the level of spending allocated to roadworks cannot be justified. He said
A bombogenisis (fast evolving) cyclone hit Iceland last night, causing damage throughout the country and cutting off the island. Up to 118 mph was the predicted wind speed by forecasts along with heavy snowfall. The air pressure dropped from 1005 hPa to 980 in only 19 hours before the storm hit the country. The weather alert was set to yellow, orange and even red. It was the first time in Icelandic history that a weather warning of the highest level was released since the new weather alert system had been introduced several years ago. The red alert affected the region of the Westfjords, a very exposed area in the northwest of Iceland, where the storm was suspected to be the worst. People in the whole country were advised to stay home. Forecasters especially recommended to avoi...
Londoners are divided about whether the “12 days of Christmas” protests are the most effective way to tackle climate change. The climate activist group’s “12 days of Christmas” plan to outdo their Autumn protests. The climate change demonstrations are set to start on December 1, running until December 12, the day of the general election. The London public are unsure whether XR Christmas protests during the busy period are the only way to deal with the issue. One London mum concerned for her children’s future said she was worried and wants to get involved in the December demonstrations. She said: “It is the most effective, but not necessarily the best. It’s the best one at getting an immediate reaction.” An XR member said the group should be doing “more peaceful pr
‘We are the last generation that can stop climate change’ - UN Summit, 2018 According to Kristalina Georgieva, the CEO of the World Bank, the younger generation must step up and combat climate change. While world leaders meet at the UN summit in Poland, young activists in the UK are working hard and taking significant steps in dealing with the issue. What is the problem? The UN Summit on climate change began Monday, December 3 and will continue until December 14 in Katowice, Poland. The summit, made up of 200 nations, seeks to find viable solutions for cutting emissions and combating climate change. In the UK, the Committee of Climate Change published its 2017 assessment report, stating the gravity of the situation. The report said: “Climate change is not only a challenge o
Young people in London are leading a movement to stop universities investing in fossil fuel industries. The campaign is known as the divestment movement, which essentially means getting rid of business investments or interests. The movement has been gaining traction, particularly as projections of global carbon emissions grew by a two per cent in 2017, sparking a worldwide sense of urgency to address climate change. Beth Parkin, a member of the divestment movement, explained the importance of ending investments in fossil fuels in light of recent projections on the rise of carbon emissions. Student campaigns have been instrumental in forcing universities to get rid of their fossil fuel investments. In London, the London School of Economics, King's College London, and Golds...
With Rubber tires piled in a corner and plastic water jugs hanging from the ceiling, The Curve at Barbican has been transformed into a conservationist’s nightmare. Pictures on the wall show people standing in the countryside with remanence of human intrusion. At the back of the exhibit is the main event; six screens that interweave the story of human existence and its relationship with the environment. John Akomfrah’s 'Purple' blends archival footage with his own material to create a montage of ideas and perspectives on the issue of climate change. The film is displayed over six screens and combines powerful visual and audio to shock the senses of the viewer. With so many different stimuli, the viewer must have a fine-tuned ability for finding the key aspects within the work.
Many island nations could disappear before you have a chance to vacation there. What makes many Small Island Developing States beautiful also makes them vulnerable according to thecommonwealth.org. Climate change has brought with it severe weather events (from droughts to devastating hurricanes), the decrease in biodiversity, deforestation and places pressure on island nations. About 200 nations participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, (COP21), held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. Many countries were represented by leaders and youth from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and provided an important voice and insight at the Paris discussions. One of the main objectives of the COP21 was to sign the first ever deal where all world nations would agree to cut
Climate change campaigners say the Paris Agreement does not go far enough to reduce carbon emission. UK-based campaigner, Joana Blackman, told Westminster News “we need to leave fossil fuel in the ground and stop extracting it”. According to her, the world will become a safer place if we “wean ourselves of using oil” and move to a future of renewable energy. On Saturday, climate change campaigners protested in London. They said governments across the world had once again failed “to agree a deal that will protect our future”. This comes at the same time as former Nasa scientist, James Hansen, who is also considered the father of global climate change awareness called the Paris talks “fraud”. He told The Guardian website that: “It’s a fraud really, a fake. It’s just bull