Storrington Conservation Society – Newsletter, August 2021

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A few weeks ago, in a broadcast, a group of people in this country were asked what they were doing to reduce their carbon footprints in the face of recent wildfires, droughts, floods and other extreme weather conditions caused by climate change.

Distressingly, a number replied along the lines that there is not much point in doing anything, unless and until major polluters like the USA, China and India take serious action. A not surprising but deeply disconcerting response. It ignores the fact that the UK initiated the industrial revolution which has caused the dramatic increase in greenhouse gasses. And so the UK should be in the forefront of taking steps to reduce such emissions. Of course, all the major polluters must act, but it is hypocritical to tell others ‘Do as I say, not as I do’, we have a responsibility to set an example. Not only that, we are amongst the countries with the largest carbon footprint per person in the world. It is those populations with the smallest carbon footprints who are suffering most from climate change. In October in Glasgow the world conference on climate change is due to take place. A vital opportunity for international leadership and action. Highly respected, authoritative and well informed scientists tell us that time is running out to take appropriate steps to redress the situation. We can all make our voices heard by those in power, making clear to them that at the conference mere words will be hot air (there is enough of that already) without a real determination to put them into effect. Now is the time. Conserve the planet.

There was no work party in August, our summer break, so we look forward to our next work morning on 5th September in Fryern Dell, to continue with the woodland management and restoration of the Victorian Pleasure Garden. Starting as usual at 10.00am. Come and join us, gardening clothes recommended, other equipment provided. For information about our activities, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website www.storringtonconservation.org.uk.

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