20 September 2019
Doncaster Green Party members and supporters took part in the Global Climate Strike in Doncaster town centre on Friday, September 21st.
For years we have been warning about the impending climate crisis, yet no-one was listening. So it was heartening to be in the centre of Doncaster as part of a global action that has seen millions of people take part in peaceful protest in cities across the world from Washington to Mumbai.
Sir Nigel Gresley Square was packed with people all there for one of our core policies – strange, but sobering times.
Sprotbrough parish councillor Lynette Chipp said: “The world is waking up. Action is starting, but we need to move much faster. The Green Party has been proud to support the climate strikes, and we’re proud to have supported the strike on Friday here in Doncaster.
We call on all individuals, workplaces, companies and institutions to support this call. Together we can send a clear message that we want radical action to stop climate breakdown.”
Tony Nicholson, a campaigner from Doncaster Green Party added: “It’s been amazing to see so many people out in the town centre making a really clear statement demanding action to prevent the climate catastrophe that we are heading for.”
“We need action at all levels, locally, nationally and internationally and it’s about time politicians started listening to us.”
Scientists have highlighted that the level of CO2 has been rising since the industrial revolution and is now at its highest for about 4 million years.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that we have only 11 years to bring our greenhouse gas emissions down to levels that will keep the global temperature rise to a survivable 1.5%.
Kate Needham the parliamentary candidate for the Green Party for Don Valley drew attention to the lack of action being taken locally.
She said: “Earlier this year, Doncaster Green Party, after petitioning the good people of Doncaster throughout the first half of this year, called on Doncaster Council to declare a climate emergency which, on Thursday evening they voted for unanimously.
Obviously, I welcome that as, like all Greens, I want to see traffic pollution cut, real and meaningful jobs created in the green economy while protecting our countryside and green spaces. So, I’m unsure how increased growth, building new roads and the expansion of Robin Hood Airport will fit in with a commitment to make Doncaster carbon neutral but I’ll be making sure those questions are asked.”