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Friends of the Earth Climate Change Campaign: 

Friends of the Earth Climate Change Campaign

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Blair says… “What is now plain is that the emission of greenhouse gases… is causing global warming at a rate that began as significant, has become alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long-term. And by long-term I do not mean centuries ahead. I mean within the lifetime of my children certainly; and possibly within my own. And by unsustainable, I do not mean a phenomenon causing problems of adjustment. I mean a challenge so far-reaching in its impact and irreversible in its destructive power that it alters radically human existence.” 14th September 2004

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2005

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Carbon Dioxide = Mann et al

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Carbon Dioxide The Guardian

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Carbon Dioxide Hadley Centre

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Extreme weather BBC

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Extreme weather 2003’s heat wave to become norm by middle of the century Hadley Centre

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Global issue Sea levels are rising and forecast to rise by 50cm by 2080 Estimated 150 million environmental refugees due to climate change 300 million with increased malaria risk WHO estimates 160,000 die annually as a result of effects of climate change

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Local effects Annual flood damage could reach £25 billion 3.5 million could be at high risk of flooding

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Wildlife at risk Higher temperatures will change habitats 1,000,000 species at risk of extinction Impacts already noticed in 2004

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1 Light coloured ice reflects back the Sun’s energy efficiently. 2 Exposed land is darker coloured and absorbs more energy. 3 As the ice melts, more land is exposed. This absorbs more heat, melting more ice. 4 The altitude of the melting ice is reduced so it becomes harder for new ice to form. Natural feedback ‘Natural feedback systems’ could speed process of climate change further BBC

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Priority

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International leadership Global agreement needed to tackle climate change UK well placed to show leadership Need to talk and act tough

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2005 Unique opportunities in 2005 UK review of Climate Change programme UK Presidency of G8 and hosting G8 summit in July UK Presidency of EU UK leading EU negotiations at meeting of Kyoto Protocol

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Talking tough “What is now plain is that the emission of greenhouse gases… is causing global warming at a rate that began as significant, has become alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long-term. And by long-term I do not mean centuries ahead. I mean within the lifetime of my children certainly; and possibly within my own. And by unsustainable, I do not mean a phenomenon causing problems of adjustment. I mean a challenge so far-reaching in its impact and irreversible in its destructive power that it alters radically human existence.” Tony Blair, 14th September 2004

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UK cuts UK cuts in greenhouse gases Show international leadership

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Parliamentary Bill Reduce emissions: 3 per cent per every year Will take up to five years to pass the Bill Push for international action Prove that it can be done

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Proposals “What we now want to hear much more about, including from people like Friends of the Earth, is how realistically and acceptably we can do better.” 8th December 2004 Channel 4 News

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Proposals Close down inefficient coal-fired power stations Tackle rising emissions from road transport and aviation Reduce the growth in demand for energy Shift energy production from fossil fuels to renewable and low -carbon fuels Local, regional and national levels

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Winning the campaign Support of existing supporters Raise public awareness and engage new audiences Directly-affected communities

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Winning the campaign Identifying and working with directly affected Build a coalition – ‘Climate Movement’ Friends of the Earth Europe & International

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Local Groups – get involved Training day for new campaign in March Take messages to communities and influence key decision-makers Sign up!

Friends of the Earth Climate Change Campaign: 

Friends of the Earth Climate Change Campaign

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