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November 30, 2009

How Old Will YOU Be in 2050?

How Old Will You Be in 2050?


This December is very important - not because it begins with my birthday…not even because Christmas isn’t all that far away (I’ll admit, I am getting a little bit excited by the awesome lights in Leamington parade!)…

December 2009 is massively important because world leaders will gather in Copenhagen and decide our futures. We hope that the UN Climate Conference will produce an agreement that commits all countries to hugely reducing their carbon emissions. We need such a deal to avoid all the instability that climate change will bring (such as famine and the creation of hundreds of millions of climate refugees) if we carry on as we are.

Many commentators are predicting that there will only be a weak deal in Copenhagen because developed countries such as the U.S. are not offering enough financial assistance to developing countries such as India to quit cheap and easy fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

But we can’t let Copenhagen be a flop! The U.K. can influence other countries such as the U.S. to commit to sealing the right deal, and we can influence the U.K. representatives.

Who are we? We are the youth. We are the people who stand to be most affected by climate change – not the politicians in Copenhagen. Many of us will be roughly 60 years old in 2050, by which year scientists predict we need at least an 80% reduction in carbon emission. We may well have our own families. And we obviously we want to create a better, cleaner world for ourselves and our families to live in.

>> There are many ways that you can demand this change :

-         Come on the ‘Wave’ march in London this Saturday 5th December . It will be the biggest ever march against climate change in the U.K. There is a return coach from campus for £5.

-         ‘Climate Exchange’ Fundraiser for the Wave coach subsidy and three Warwick students (including yours truly!) who are cycling to Copenhagen. This Thursday 8-12pm at the Jug and Jester pub in Leamington. Lots of great live music, a promises auction (you can bid for people to, for example, do your washing up) and magic! You can also buy your Wave coach ticket here.

-         Look out for the ‘Copenhagen space’ and Copenhagen actions on campus in week 10, and make sure to get involved with Go Green Week 2010, which is happening in week 1 of term 2 to keep up the momentum.

-         Follow the Warwick cyclists here blogging on our experiences: en route, observing the protests, volunteering at the ‘people’s conference’, and staying with Danish hosts.

This is our opportunity. We are visionaries. We care about our future. We are youth.

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