Strike for Climate Change – 27 September 2019

On Friday 27 September 2019, Private Box will be closing for the day to take part and support the worldwide Climate Strike.

Climate change poses a significant threat to all of our futures.  Therefore, we are going to stand in solidarity with millions of people worldwide on Friday 27th September to call for urgent action on the climate crisis.

Many people from around the country will be taking part in this strike, along with a large group of students who are calling for others to join the cause (www.schoolstrike4climatenz.com).

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned us that we have until 2030 to help limit dangerous temperature increases.

It is believed that if the temperature rise reaches around 2°C higher than the average now, the results could cause a”climate run away” where the effects of human induced global warming cannot be reversed.  This may include things like mass extinction, famine, droughts, floods, wildfires, and the spread of infectious diseases.

According to the CDP’s (Carbon Disclosure Project’s) 2017 Carbon Majors Report, 71% of the world’s global industrial greenhouse gas emissions come from just 100 polluters. It is clear by now that the interests of big business do not drive the prosperity of the human race. As a society, we need to change course.

You might think that actions like banning plastic straws and plastic bags is already combating the problem – these are great steps toward reducing pollution – but it’s a small drop in the ocean of the big problems – and used as a tactic to divert the attention away from the very real and much larger issues.  We need to take a stand and have our governments hold large corporations accountable for themselves, and make them take the required steps to help protect our planet.

Sarah MiltonStrike for Climate Change – 27 September 2019

Comments 2

  1. Tanya

    The climate change evidence is, at very best, lets just say: “mixed”.

    IF its of genuine interest to PrivateBox to support a truly meaningful and worthy cause, perhaps your staff could consider researching the valuable work which has been done to assess where money etc is best directed in order to assist humanity. The ‘climate change’ issue wasn’t even CLOSE to being included on the top 100 – and for very good, very soundly researched reasons.

    I believe the top BEST spend of money came in at BIRTH CONTROL (and education) for women in the third world. Based on every $100 of money invested in this area, over $ 100 of worldwide benefit was obtained. Something along that line…

    Climate change efforts were in the negative, no matter how much money was thrown at this (highly arguable) issue. In fact it was profoundly clear that no matter how much money is thrown at ‘climate change’ – including inexhaustible amounts, the entire world’s wealth – in 50 years time we would quite simply see absolutely no evidence of any positive change.

    Personally I would prefer a company I use and greatly value, NOT be seen to be involved in taking perhaps unwise (though currently ‘media friendly’) social actions in support of dubious merit.

    OK, I found a link to the book which gives a brief description…
    https://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/copenhagen-consensus-iii/how-spend-75-billion-make-world-better-place-0

    How to Spend $75 Billion To Make The World A Better Place”

    If we can’t solve all the world’s problems today, what should we do first? How can aid spending most effectively improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most afflicted people?

    These topics are tackled by How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, featuring the insights of Bjorn Lomborg and dozens of eminent economists. The book presents cutting-edge research to evaluate the costs and benefits of the smartest solutions to twelve global problems, if $75 billion were spent over four years. For example:

    The highest ranked solution – meaning that it yields the most benefit for the least cost – is to spend $3 billion over four years, on a bundle of micronutrients and medicines to reduce under-nutrition and improve education in preschool-aged children.
    For about $100 per child, this bundle could reduce chronic under-nutrition by 36 percent in developing countries. More than 100 million children could start their lives without stunted growth or malnourishment.
    Because these children will lead healthier, more productive lives as adults – a virtuous cycle of dramatic development – each dollar spent addressing chronic under-nutrition has a $30 payoff in economic terms. Ultimately, when all the benefits are translated into economic terms, every dollar spent on malnutrition will likely do $63 worth of global good.
    Other top-ranked solutions include expanding malaria treatment (generating $35 in benefits for every dollar spent), immunization for children, and deworming.

    [Edited by Private Box to decrease word count]

    1. Gareth Foster

      Thanks for your comment!

      > “The climate change evidence is, at very best, lets just say: mixed”

      This is untrue.

      In fact the copenhagenconsensus.com site you reference says this “Climate change is real and man-made” as per https://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/research-topic/climate-change-energy

      > “The ‘climate change’ issue wasn’t even CLOSE to being included on the top 100”

      This is untrue.

      Of the top 30 options to improve the air pollution / carbon is mentioned 7 times (so about 25% of their solutions are concerned with improving the enviroment). As per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_Consensus.

      There is some discussion of why the 2012 conclusions of this group were different to the general scientific consensus can be found here – https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/sep/01/climatechange.scienceofclimatechange1

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