The heiress Aileen Getty has donated nearly £500,000 to Extinction Rebellion, claiming “disruption” is necessary for climate action progress. Ms Getty, 62, is the granddaughter of the oil tycoon J Paul Getty, who became the world’s richest man in 1965. She said the donation “is not necessarily restitution” for the fortune her family made from oil. “Whether the resources I have come from oil or not, I feel an urgency and it’s a privilege to give whatever resources you have,” she added.
Telegraph 6th Sept 2019 read more »
Scotland’s young people have been instrumental in addressing the global climate crisis, taking to the streets to protest at the lack of government action on the issue. For 15-year-old Glaswegian Erin Curtis, taking a stand ahead of the world’s biggest global climate strike on September 20th came naturally. The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) youth ambassador attended a public assembly in Glasgow hosted by young people compelled to act on climate breakdown. Youth ambassadors organised a series of assemblies to promote the Green New Deal to tackle climate crisis in Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham. In response to worsening climate breakdown, Glasgow’s young people gathered at Garnethill Multicultural Centre at the end of August to to discuss and develop solutions needed to tackle the environmental crisis.
Herald 7th Sept 2019 read more »
Hundreds of climate change deniers including academics, politicians and lobbyists are to launch a campaign to stop commitments to net zero carbon emissions being enshrined in law, The Independent can reveal. A letter titled “There is no climate emergency” – which has been signed by 400 people who deem climate change to be a myth – is being sent to leaders of European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) institutions in the coming weeks ahead of key environment talks. The group will take further steps, which are to be outlined in press conferences in Oslo, Brussels, The Hague and Rome. The climate deniers are connected to a transatlantic network of think tanks pushing for environmental deregulation after Brexit, which also have a history of climate science denial. The letter, obtained by investigative non-profit news organisation DeSmog, shows the group has links with members of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet.
Independent 7th Sept 2019 read more »