Why we are supporting the Global Climate Strike on September 20th - An Open Letter from Parents For Future UK.
Current scientific predictions paint a terrifying picture of the world our children will inherit. The climate crisis will affect their lives whether we like it or not. It is our role as parents to protect our children, therefore we the undersigned are taking action to support the Global Climate Strike on September 20th 2019.

Every breath we take and every bite we eat rely on a healthy planet; however climate breakdown, pollution and ecosystem loss are threatening the stability of our society and and will continue to do so for generations to come. We are caught in a system built on the inherent contradiction that infinite economic and consumer growth is possible on a finite planet.

The science is clear.

The 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report issued a stark warning that we are reaching dangerous, irreversible tipping points that call for immediate action. Droughts, flooding, forest fires, storms and ocean die-off are already affecting much of the world’s population.

Other worldwide organisations, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are also becoming increasingly urgent in their calls for immediate and drastic action. The UN’s first comprehensive report on biodiversity (May 2019) stated that nature is in serious trouble. Extinction is looming for over 1 million species. If we do not take action immediately, the scientific prediction is that, within our lifetimes, we will hit a level of global heating considered incompatible with human civilisation.

We are the last generation that can take on the challenge of stabilising our climate and avoiding catastrophic climate change. We therefore call on our government to take immediate and far reaching action to mitigate the current ecological and climate disaster that we and our children are facing.

We demand that policy makers at all levels unite behind the science and do everything necessary to stop our planet exceeding 1.5 degrees of heating over pre-industrial levels. This requires honesty from the media and a huge and rapid shift in political will and long-term vision from our leaders. We need to drastically reduce emissions and waste, whilst re-wilding on a large scale and protecting all wildlife.

Greta Thunberg and the ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ movement have inspired millions to take to the streets to call for real action on climate. We do not have time to waste and as parents we fully support our youth in their demands for a safe climate future. Given that parliament has declared a 'climate emergency' we are acting collectively and do not recognise threats of unauthorised absence or fines on this day of action.

REFERENCES:

1. https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/
2. https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
3. https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/10-myths-about-climate-change
4. https://www.who.int/globalchange/global-campaign/cop21/en/
5. http://www.ukhealthalliance.org/
6. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/03/mental-health-climate.pdf
7. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
8. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iea-emissions/global-carbon-emissions-hit-record-high-in-2018-iea-idUSKCN1R7005
9. https://rebellion.earth/
10. https://www.sortitionfoundation.org/

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