11,000 scientists from 153 nations warn serious trouble ahead I wish I could say there was some good news for a change but I can't. This very sadly is a deadly serious business that will mean a great deal of suffering for many of us animals including humans. Most countries have hardly begun to do anything despite repeated warnings. Unfortunately, people when they hear this news tend to do what they always do: pretend nothing is happening and think about something else. Many things have to be done to avoid catastrophe but the four biggest and probably the most difficult are (says scince) ending population growth, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, halting forest destruction and slashing meat eating. I have no idea how or even if this will happen in time but I did notice as that horrifying news was released, the climate deniers immediately started their wicked business of saying, once again, that this was all nonsense and nothing to worry about. I wish!
Friends of the Earth has been a leading campaigner in the battle to ban fracking in Britain. It seems their efforts have been rewarded. In November 2019, fracking was banned totally in England so "no new fracking can take place anywhere in the country. The industry is effectively over in the UK" (Friends of the Earth)"
Fossil fuels have got to go, and fast. So even though gas is the least damaging, history shows again and again that some people will always take the easy option. If the gas stays undergound because the law says it must, then people will begin to move towards renewable renewable energy. Why? Because gas supplies will get more and more expensive and renewables are getting cheaper. People who lose their jobs because of bans on extraction of any fossil fuel could get jobs in the rapidly expanding renewables industries.
Extinction Rebellion is making a big impact around the world. "Big coal, oil and gas is killing us, everything that we love and all life. We are currently living in a climate and ecological emergency. Despite decades of protest and campaigning for climate action, governments have continued to prioritise profit and increase the wealth of a few, at the expense of the majority and our living planet. We are saying no more, and demanding radical and transformative climate action." Big demonstrations in 56 countries so far are beginning to get the message out. Their smart website has tons of information about what's happening and how you can get involved. They intend, like Greta Thunberg , to keep on demonstrating and spreading the word about the coming disaster of climate change and mass extinction. They will do this until politicians and big business actually begin to do something serious to try and stop these awful things happening. At present, nothing serious is being done, partly because of the deliberate lies spread by politicians and the fossil fuel business. Science is very clear about this and scientists who have been studying climate change for many years reckon we have 10 years to fix things. This will mean cutting carbon fuel use by half. It all sounds pretty scary. I think these demonstrators are truly courageous. They are prepared to get arrested and face prison to save our wonderful planet.
The big and powerful fossil fuel companies have known about the damage caused by their products for over 60 years. So what did they do? This video shows how the companies decided to deliberately cover up the clear evidence that climate change was already underway. So they did and they've been very successful at sowing the seeds of doubt and confusion. Today, over 99 per cent of all climate scientists know that global warming is a fact and that it is getting ever faster. And yet, the coal, oil and gas industries that knowingly caused all this receive government support as they continue to confuse people and sell ever increasing amounts of their geo-toxic products.
Just imagine if they had been honest from the start and said "Hey folks, we've realised that we've got a problem with carbon emissions from our fuel products. So we are going to have to cut back on fossil fuels right now and start investing in clean renewable power generation systems. Because we realise the danger of carrying on with 'business as usual', we pledge to reduce carbon emissions over the next 60 years to a level which science shows will be sustainable. We have the money and the power and we can do this. And we will because we know that all our futures are on the line here".
Well, as we know, exactly the opposite happened. Power and money were more important to the people who had both than life iself and a future for us all. Shame!
Here's that link again to the video: Fossil Fuels Create Global Warming & Climate Change Episode 1
Humans reckon they're pretty smart. After reading this post from the New York Times, I begin to doubt that. Denying that something terrible is happening makes everything worse. That's not smart, it's dumb!
But there's hope when someone changes from dumb to smart. So read this and watch the video.
Oh dear! It's been a long time since I updated my blog. A lot of things have happened which means change of some sort to my website. Obviously a simple Penguin like me cannot run a website and so I have always had a human friend who helps me. Unfortunately, my friend is not at all well and can't carry on helping me. So I am rather desperately looking for someone or some group to take over my website and, I hope, improve it. I would still be here, still giving you kids facts and news about really important stuff like climate change, pollution and so on, all based on science. The alternative, I'm sorry to say, will be that my website will die and I will be very sad indeed.
What can you do to help? I guess the answer is to talk to your parents and your teachers at school to see what they suggest. Lots of kids from over 220 countries in the world use my website. In the last 5 years that's well over 1 1/2 million of you and not far off 4 million over the last 10 years (3,708,433 between February 1, 2008 and February 1, 2018). Almost 1/3 of my website visitors are from the USA. So you decide whether you think my website is worth supporting. If you think it is, do something! If you come up with a possible solution, scroll to the bottom of my home page where you can find out how to send me an email. I promise I will answer if your suggestion looks good.
I've been very busy lately. You have to appreciate that I'm rather slow doing things, being a penguin. Having flippers and sharp beak is great in the cold seas which me and my friends live in in the southern ocean which surrounds Antarctica. But they are no good on a keyboard. This is why things like my guides don't get updated as often as I would like. The good news is that I may possibly get some human help soon.
Things aren't looking too good for the planet's climate right now. The most important greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, is increasing again after 2 or 3 years in which it didn't. People were hoping that they'd turned a corner and that this carbon pollution was actually on the point of going down. And so it should have been when you think of all the renewable energy stuff that has been installed all over the place. Sadly, the rise continues.
But there is a new book for kids about how you can do something to help save the world. Find out more
I'm launching my new 'Tiki's Lucky Dip' scroller today. It's taken me weeks of work which seems crazy when you look at it. It looks so simple, doesn't it! Well let me tell you it was not simple. Maybe it would be easy for you clever kids because a lot of you probably learn about coding. I had to teach myself and I am only a penguin. Anyway, do have a go with my Lucky Dips. You can find the button on the top right of my main pages. And please tell your friends.
We have all heard lots about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it has caused. Meanwhile in South Asia, heavy monsoon rains and massive floods have caused the deaths of over 1000 people. Around 40 million people have been affected in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. This sort of extreme weather is what climate scientists have been predicting for some time and now it's coming true. Fortunately, there are many things that people can do to slow or stop climate change. But at present, not enough is being done. There are two problems. One -- the big one -- is climate change itself; the other is people who won't accept that the planet is getting hotter or that it is caused by humans using enormous quantities of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas). Climate change is already seriously affecting millions of people (not to mention other animals and plants) and will soon be affecting billions unless people take big steps to tackle it. And yes, it will likely affect you, your family and friends in the near future so if you want to understand what's happening and what you can do, a good place to start is my Hot Earth guide.
Dear me, how quickly the time passes. I've been away in Norway. Wow, fabulous scenery with trolls everywhere (so I was told).And this was the first time I'd ever been north of the Arctic Circle where there is 24-hour daylight in mid-summer and where the sun never rises at all in mid-winter. And no, I didn't see any polar bears. If I had, I'd have scarpered pretty fast, I can tell you. Anyway, I don't suppose a polar bear has ever even seen a penguin, let alone eaten one! Why? So now it's back to work, struggling to keep this website up-to-date and trying to find enough money to keep it going. Groan!
Well, I got there. I finally finished my Eating the Future guide. I brought it all up to date including two quizzes. Do take a look!
How on earth can a Penguin speak English? Good question. And you know what? I'm not going to tell how I do it. That's my secret. So anyway, I make my recording. Then I put it online so you can listen. Cool, right? I will be doing new podcasts (mp3) every so often on topics that I hope you will find awesome! Watch this space.
Bye for now.
Tiki the Penguin October 2017