Climate Change – A National Emergency

In light of the recent parliamentary motion being passed to declare an ‘environment and climate change emergency’, we’ve decided to take a look at the real-life impact rising sea levels and changing weather could have on all our lives.

The 1st May saw MP’s of all parties come together to support a motion presented by Jeremy Corbyn, which he hopes will “set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe”, but what do the statistics really mean for the average person in Britain?

We’ve all seen the cliff-edged homes that have fallen tragically into the depths beneath, as the sea and storms continue to batter the coastline. Whilst this is a very vivid demonstration of nature’s strength, it doesn’t really connect on a personal level, unless you or your family resides in such a property. However, consider your favourite British holiday destination, a beach you built endless sandcastles on, or strolled along hand in hand with a loved one. Now imagine they were gone forever. According to a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), this is the very real possibility we are facing. The CCC suggests, within 50 years, unless drastic changes are made, coastal area of Devon and Cornwall are likely to be washed away into the sea. This would be devastating for the tourist industry, one of the largest in the region, it could see complete change in how we spend our down time. Things that were once part of and parcel of a trip to the British coastline, may soon be a thing of the past. No more crabbing. No more icy paddles in the waters of the Blue Flag beaches. Or at least, a lot less places to choose from.

And whilst we may be basking in record breaking temperatures, on sun-drenched beaches that could put the coast of Bali to shame, it’s having a massive impact on our ecosystems, encouraging new species from warmer climes and pushing the native ones out. This is particularly the case for our minibeasts, such as flies and bees, which help maintain a suitable climate for our crops etc. Even small changes in this biodiversity could see an effect on our food supply.

All is not doom and gloom though. Those in power are finally taking the threats seriously enough to implement change on a National scale, potentially reducing the environmental impact enough that our children and future generations will still be able to create memories in the same beauty spots that sit so warmly in our hearts today. And thanks to the likes of the much-loved Attenborough, there’s been a massive cultural shift in the we view our personal negative contributions. Plastic straws are a major no-no in most pubs now, and more people are looking at ways to live plastic-free lifestyles. Could we now be at the turning point we need? We sure hope so!

Useful links

Zero waste food store on Exeter’s Fore Street

Monthly beach clean, Dawlish

How to help the bees (who help us)

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