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Tell the government to act on the climate, not expand airports

The government is consulting on its aviation strategy up to 2050 - and it's not good news for the planet. The consultation ends Thursday 20 June (11.45pm)

They claim that the aviation sector can grow to meet rapidly increasing demand, but there's nothing to worry about as this will be 'sustainable growth'....

Unfortunately, sustainable aviation growth is an imaginary concept. In this climate emergency, the only solutions are those focus on reducing demand. Fiddling the figures and pretending everything will be ok is not an option. Can you spare 10 minutes to tell the government this?

Youth urge IMO to act now to cut shipping emissions

UPDATE:

Despite pressure from campaigners, which was strongly felt within the negotiation, the 'usual suspects' delay, yet again, the commitment to cut down carbon emission in shipping. The decision whether to regulate ships speed is on hold until next year. Read more here

At the UN International Maritime Organization negotiations behind closed doors about global shipping emissions were opened up to the voice of the youth climate strike movement! The video above includes some of Noga Levy-Rapoport’s speech as delivered to delegates, with clips of protest actions outside. Text of Noga's speech below.

Every one of the delegates from around the world also received a gift of a paper boat made by children with a message asking them to act on the climate emergency. Most came from local children but we also received boats from as far away as Bali, and young people in Fiji sent a solidarity message (pictures below)

Greta Thunberg has a message - and UK MPs need to hear it

Greta Thunberg is coming to the UK. She started a global school strike movement, Fridays For Future, has addressed Davos, the EU, and met the Pope. On Tuesday afternoon she will be in the House of Commons, and all MPs are invited to attend. How many will turn up?

Please email your MP - you can do so easily via https://www.writetothem.com/ and ask them to attend. A simple personal message is best - you can talk about the school strikes in the UK, particularly in your area, and that young people need to know MPs are listening.

You could also tweet them and ask them to come - and even call their office on Tuesday morning (call 020 7219 3000 for the House of Commons switchboard and ask to be put through to their office, giving your MP's name)

Example email (but a personal one is better)

Dear x

On Tuesday 23 April, MPs will have the opportunity to hear Greta Thunberg speak at a special meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change at 2pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House. As my MP I am asking you to attend. Around 1.5 million children and young people worldwide attended the school strikes for climate in March - a global movement which started with one girl, Greta, sitting outside the Swedish Parliament. She has since addressed Davos and the EU, and been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize.

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