ICEBERG AT THE LIB DEM CONFERENCE
Taking the "Arctic Wake up Call" to the Lib Dems
on Sunday 23rd September
We delivered an "Arctic wake-up call" in the form of a metre high iceberg to the Lib Dem conference in Brighton, to remind them of the urgency of standing up to the Tories over climate change.
We were outside the Brighton Centre on King's Road, on the seafront (see map)- with the iceberg - from around 9.00 am till early evening (around 7.00 pm). The weather was foul and there was much standing around in the wind and the rain (everything got soaked !) but that didnt stop us at all from delivering our message to the Lib Dem delegates (who had to be there, whatever the weather) and aorund 600 "Arctic Meltdown" leafelts were handed out as well as some other literature. Vince Cable's PA has our "Climate Emergency" booklet - we wonder whether whether he will read it ?!?!
The iceberg cost money. Thank you everyone who donated generously to the "Sponsor an Icberg" appeal. We raised enough to go ahead and have got pretty close to covering the cost of the iceberg but its not too late to add your own contribution, if you would like to, here.
On Sunday 26th August - the day after the news broke that the record minimum for Arctic sea ice had been broken - we took our 'Arctic Wake-up Call" (and an iceberg) to Downing Street ....See more about that and more about the arctic ice below ....
Arctic "Wake up Call"
outside Downing Street, Sunday 26th August at 1.00 pm
The day after the news appeared on the NSIDC website - that the minimum Arctic sea ice record had been broken - CCC activists were outside Downing Street with an "Arctic Wake up Call", demanding emergency action on climate now - from David Cameron and the government.
They went with a metre high block of ice carved to the shape of a (melting) iceberg. And with placards and graphs showing the message.
Despite the hyper-short notice maybe 30 odd gathered to deliver their urgent message: Cameron must not ignore the very clear message that Nature is giving him.
Couldn't make the demo in London? Then send an email to David Cameron telling him we need to ramp up our response to the unfolding Climate Emergency..... you can find a sample letter to cut and paste into the No.10 webform here.
Peter Wadhams, Professor of Ocean Physics and Head of the Polar Oceans Physics Group at Cambridge University supported the Downing Street ‘Wake Up Call’ and contributed this quote to our press release
When you think that the actual minimum for this season is unlikely to be reached till mid September or possibly later then you begin to realise how much of a bombshell this really is - we could see the all-time low record not just broken this year but obliterated....!!!
This means that an ice free arctic ocean could very rapidly become a reality and the consequences could be profound....for the effect that the warming arctic is already having on global weather patterns - with devestating impact on global food supplies - see Phil's blog here. For the potentially apocalyptic impact of a massive methane release triggered by an ice free and therefore warmer arctic see, for instance here and see the "Arctic Methane Emergency Group"'s take on it here.
However you look at it this is dramatic visible evidence of our rapidly warming planet - we can't let it be ignored yet again....
The actual figures are available from ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/DATASETS/NOAA/G02135/north/daily/data/NH_seaice_extent_nrt.csv (the record low was 4.13 million square km)