One Big Ben Thing: Extinction Rebellion Activist Scales Parliament’s Famous Clock Tower

A tree surgeon protesting inaction on climate change by the British government on Friday climbed the scaffolding surrounding Big Ben in a costume dressed as Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and unfurled a rainbow flag that read “No Pride on a dead planet.”   He has a point there.  The climate activist group the Extinction Rebellion took credit for the stunt in a tweet.  The climber, Ben Atkinson, said on Facebook, according to The Hill:

“Gone and done it… Extinction Rebellion. Here to stay,” he posted.  And continued: “We got the declaration of climate emergency last time. Now perhaps, please Boris [Johnson], you’re struggling to navigate Brexit let alone work our way out of the sixth mass extinction event.”

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One Climate SOS Thing:  Floating A House Down the River Thames

One Climate SOS Thing: Floating A House Down the River Thames

The Extinction Rebellion launched another high profile protest, this time floating down the River Thames in London a “model” of a suburban home that is literally partially under water as a way to raise awareness about rising sea levels that will leave many homes under water.  The group said that, “[w]e are watching, in real-time, as […]

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The VA Has Not Updated Its Climate Assessments and Plans In Five Years

The VA Has Not Updated Its Climate Assessments and Plans In Five Years

While the Defense Department has had to provide annual reports to Congress on the expected impacts of climate change on military installations and operations, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had not done a similar assessment since 2014

Why This Matters:  There are many facilities providing vital services to veterans that have been already or will be detrimentally impacted by climate change. Veterans already experience inexcusably long wait times for services and health care in some regions of the country — those should not be longer on account of climate change impacts that should have been anticipated by the agency.

 

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Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italy will be required to spend 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, teaching students about climate change issues.  It will also be woven […]

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