Saturday, 20 September 2008

GREENS AT GRAVESEND: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE COMMUNITY

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Saturday 20th 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

GREENS AT GRAVESEND:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE COMMUNITY

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Kent Green Party members will be in Gravesend town centre from about 12.30 on Saturday 27th September. They will be leafleting about climate change and discussing the implications of the biggest threat to our society with the public(1). Steve Dawe explains:

“Kent Green Party will be encouraging the public in Gravesend to take more action to resist climate change, on Saturday 27th September.

“Even small amounts of sea level rise can have big effects on Kent’s coastline. Since the UK is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the public needs to provide the lead which the Government is failing to do. Using cars less, taking holidays in the UK rather than abroad, insulating homes thoroughly, putting solar water heating or solar panels on your roof are all examples of what we can do. They are also examples of how money can be saved on all our energy-related bills. This is important since there is no guarantee that recent high food prices, partly the result of changing climate and more failed harvests, will return to lower levels.

“Growing your own food is a big contribution to the fight against climate change since our food can be transported phenomenal distances before it reaches us.”

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Further information: Steve Dawe – Press Officer – Kent Green Party: 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.

Notes:
1. There is accumulating evidence that attempts to prevent serious climate change are not succeeding. If average temperatures rise above 2 degrees C globally, fundamental changes in weather patterns may be expected and significant changes to Kent’s coastline. See: Fred Pearce – The Last Generation (Transworld, 2006); Paul Brown – Global Warning (A&C Black, 2006); Elizabeth Kolbert – Field notes from a catastrophe: a frontline report on climate change (Bloomsbury, 2006); Mark Lynas – Six Degrees: our future on a hotter planet (Fourth Estate, 2007); Oliver Tickell – Kyoto 2: how to manage the global greenhouse (Zed, 2008); For solutions without the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power: Centre for Alternative Technology – Zero Carbon Britain: http://www.zerocarbonbritain.com/

1 comment:

Megan Clay said...

Hi, As an avid supporter of Green party policies and an Environmental Science student from Gravesend, I wholly defend such action. However, I think it would be useful not to only focus on such the environmental impacts of our economy, but also discuss what your party proposes in terms of forwarding the economy and social policy (issues such as welfare, eeducation, and immigration). There is need for discussion and movement away from the view that the Green party only has policy that concerns the environment.