We call on Merton Council to declare a Climate Emergency

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Dr Pippa Maslin
Dr Pippa Maslin signed this petition

The facts are clear: the climate is changing and too many politicians are doing too little to address the changes. Human activity has caused about 1°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels and we are on track to overshoot the 1.5°C limit agreed by world leaders in 2016.

If we fail to take action, the consequences will be devastating. A rising sea level will result in widespread flooding, coastal erosion, and the loss of coastlines. More droughts and more wildfires will lead to desertification. Irreversible damage to wildlife will be inevitable. We will suffer large-scale water and food shortages. Public health emergencies and mass migration will become commonplace. And political and economic instability will ensue.

Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report describing the enormous harm that a 2°C rise is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise. The message of our scientists is clear: the time for action is now. Drastic changes must be made in the next 11 years if we are to prevent climate breakdown.

Accordingly, an increasing number of principal authorities and town or parish councils - including the London Assembly and the Mayor of London - have declared a Climate Emergency, and I want Merton Council to play its part. I want them to make a bold commitment to make our borough carbon neutral by 2030 - to take a lead in tackling the crisis that we face before it is too late.

Please join me in petitioning Merton Council to declare a Climate Emergency and review its current carbon reduction plans for the borough in order to become carbon neutral by 2030 and thereby help to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Anyone of any age may sign, and parents and guardians may sign on behalf of their children if they feel that that is more appropriate.

Please also share the petition. I feel sure that, together, we can get at least 2000 people who live/work/use services in the borough to sign, if not more!

P.S. For anyone unfamiliar with the image, it is a puddle sculpture by street artist Isaac Cordal. Cordal called it 'Electoral Campaign' but, when the image went viral on social media, it was popularly dubbed 'Politicians Debating Climate Change'.

N.B. Change.org supplies a default signature goal when one starts a petition and, once the goal looks to be within reach, it increases automatically.