A powerful message on how it is high time for every single one of us to beat our own drum about the biggest threat to our planet and to humanity, and march for climate justice today.

First published in August 2020.

I keep asking myself a question. What is keeping me from speaking out?

Twitter is full of comments such as “What will it take for people to take to the streets?” or “Just wait until the Brexit food shortages, then people will protest.”

The government relies on this.

The creeping normalisation of one appalling tragedy after another is a real thing. We shout and rage on here then, inevitably, another gross violation or calamity occurs and it starts again.

The government relies on this.

With the A-Level results fiasco they have messed up and ruined too many lives too quickly. This is too big a disaster to go away. Result: instant street protest and huge, sustained anger.

No need to wait for the worst to come: it will arrive soon enough.

If you read much of what I tweet you will know that, despite the noise from all the rest of the crises we face, the things that fill my life are the climate emergency, the ecocide, and climate justice.

These fill me with equal parts terror deep, sustained rage, and hope for a better world. So why am I not out protesting and campaigning every day. What could I possibly be waiting for? 🧐 (I did go to the People’s Vote March and an Extinction Rebellion protest but it’s not exactly “world-beating” campaigning).

In the last 12 months:

  • The Amazon burned. It’s burning again but Jair Bolsonaro closed the agency that told the world about it so now we don’t see it – this year it’s about 20% more destructive.
Burning the Amazon forest. / Global Fire Data
  • Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 mph. It was the strongest hurricane ever recorded to hit the islands.
Hurricane Dorian's destructions in the Bahamas. / Flickr – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Australia caught fire and burned for months. 34 people and nearly 3 billion animals died or were forcibly displaced by the fires.
Australia bushfires. / SciTechDaily
  • Severe flooding affected the UK throughout last winter. At least 11 people died.
Severe flooding in the UK. / WallpaperFlare
  • More recently, flooding in Yemen washed away homes and other buildings that had stood for 1,000 years.
Flooding in Yemen. / UNHCR
  • Bangladesh is still largely underwater although you wouldn’t know it from the news coverage.
Bangladesh underwater. / CNN
  • In India, more catastrophic flooding has hit Jaipur.
Flooding in Jaipur, India. / Outlook
  • A couple of weeks ago, the northern Hemisphere has lost its last intact ice shelf when more than 40% of it broke away in a couple of days and glaciers are collapsing in the Alps.
Glaciers collapsing in the Alps. / YouTube – VOA

I could go on about the Arctic heatwaves and crop failures in Russia, etc. but I think I have made my point.

Enough is enough.

My protest, my way, starts on Thursday. I’ll let you know how it goes.

The reality and the images are truly frightening. The injustices that the history and present of our relationship with extractive industry, colonialism, fossil fuels, and more have caused are almost beyond words.

We must have climate justice and a better future.🔷

p.s. Just five minutes after I wrote this piece, this tweet popped up. The climate emergency isn’t going away.

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 16 August 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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