Climate Cafe, 6 August 2019.
Who must act to tackle climate change? All of us. When? Right now. Why? Because there is no more time for waiting for plans or solutions. Climate change is happening now. Millions of living beings are currently suffering or dying because of climate change. We need to engage with our community to have a broader impact with our voice and actions. But how to act? Well, this was one of the questions discussed at the Climate Cafe in August. Aberdeen Climate Action gathered activists from different organizations who shared their perspectives about direct action. There were speakers from Faslane Peace Camp, the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, and Extinction Rebellion Aberdeenshire.
Direct action comprises of a wide array of different tactics and actions. Using historical examples, Fiona Napier, showed us the impact and importance of some of the biggest examples of direct action and how different actions interact with each other: it is how all of these combine, which leads to success. The common characteristic of all though has been to raise awareness, gathering people, drawing attention and having an impact through the media leading to action from those in power. Gillian Siddons spoke on her ideas about wealth creation and invited us all to think about the foundations of our society. Paul Matter, Extinction Rebellion, reiterated the need to have direct action taken with love and respect at the very heart of it and spoke about the XR way and their ‘near’ future plans for action, which we were all invited to join in with.
While it is clear that it was felt by all that our governments have not taken sufficient action on climate change, it was emphasized that everyone should be involved in this matter. As citizens, we can encourage the government to take public actions, nonetheless, it is not an exclusive matter of the government, it is about individual behaviour. All of us are facing climate change, so all of us need to act now.
This cafe was a passionate one, where the public discussed the actions already taken, and the actions needed still to be taken. Although there was a variety of perspectives on how to take direct action, there was a consensus about why and who needs to take action on the climate. This is about climate action, a matter that concerns everyone, so that everyone needs to act. To find out more on how you can live sustainably visit our sustainable Aberdeen website: www.sustainableaberdeen.com and keep appraised of actions in our local area on the Aberdeen Climate Action facebook page.