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Letter to David Cameron

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Dear David Cameron
 
The record minimum for Arctic sea ice extent has just been broken – and we expect the ice to continue melting for a couple of weeks. The frightening prospect of a completely ice-free Arctic is not far off. Already, the rapid warming of the arctic seems to be affecting the behaviour of the jet stream, causing extreme weather events and feeding into a global food crisis. The release of frozen methane also threatens dangerous accelerated warming.
 
The world is poised on the brink of unimaginable destruction. Now is not the time to back off from commitments already made. Instead, we must take emergency action before it is too late. For example, the Campaign against Climate Change has pushed for some years for the Climate Emergency measures outlined in EDM 303, including 10% annual emission cuts, and a ‘zero carbon’ target for 2030. Ignoring Nature’s warning signs will not be forgiven by those who come after us.
 
Yours sincerely
 
If you are able to send a letter by post, which would have more impact, you might want to adapt the version below:
 
Dear David Cameron,
 
The record minimum for Arctic sea ice extent has just been broken. This is all the more shocking since this has happened in the month of August when we would not normally expect the absolute yearly minimum to be reached until around mid-September. This opens up the possibility that by the end of the season we will have broken the record by a considerable margin, and that the frightening prospect of a completely ice-free arctic is extremely imminent.
 
The consequences for the global climate of a seasonally ice free arctic will be profound – as is well known. Already the disproportionately rapid warming of the arctic seems to be affecting the behaviour of the jet stream, causing extreme weather events, which are feeding into a global food crisis, from which the poorest around the world will suffer most. Meanwhile the threat of a massive release of methane from sub-ocean hydrates is truly apocalyptic and not yet fully understood. In any case an increasing rate of methane release from melting permafrost is certain to speed up an already accelerating rate of global warming.
 
This latest news is yet more clearly visible evidence that the accelerating destabilisation of global climate amounts to a national and international emergency which requires an emergency response that goes far beyond the measures currently being taken or even envisaged.
 
The world is poised on the brink of a tragedy of unimaginable scale and the responsibility that you and other world leaders bear at this critical juncture is immense: future generations will forever look back on you as those who either did or didn’t act – with sufficient energy and determination - when preventing that tragedy was still possible.
 
Whilst there is a limit to what the UK can do on the international stage (although every diplomatic sinew should be flexed in an effort to maximise the international response to the global climate emergency) there is plenty that we can do at home that we are not doing now. The Campaign against Climate Change, for instance, has pushed for some years for the emergency measures outlined in EDM 303 including annual emission targets of 10%, a target of ‘zero carbon’ for 2030, and a massive drive to green the economy with the creation of hundreds of thousands of climate jobs. This is the kind of emergency response that the unfolding Climate Emergency demands.
 
We ask you to take heed of Nature’s vivid warning signs and take emergency action of this kind, now, before it is too late. Anything less than that will not be forgiven by those who come after us.
 
Yours sincerely,

 

 
 

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