WE WANT A FUTURE: STUDENTS FOR SURVIVAL STANDS WITH THE JUST STOP OIL COALITION

24th April 2022, 11:05am


“If governments are serious about the climate crisis, there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now – from this year.”


Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency [1]



Young people have taken a stand, supporting the Just Stop Oil campaign against the continued expansion of UK oil and gas, which is killing people now and will condemn our generation to death and suffering.


What is coming down the line if we don't act is horrific; the collapse of food production, extremes of weather which surpass the survivability threshold: floods, droughts, heatwaves.

This will destroy families, communities and nations. Wars will break out over rapidly diminishing resources. The events that we’re seeing in Ukraine and Yemen are tastes of what is coming down the line if satisfactory action isn’t taken on the climate crisis.


We’ve got a choice - 3 years in which to rise up and make a future for our generation, end the fuel crisis by investing in cheaper, sustainable energy and justice for the millions in the global south who are currently dying from this. Simply put, we are demanding that the government prioritises a habitable world and the people on it.


Students For Survival is a growing movement of secondary school students, who are in non violent civil resistance. We are gravely concerned for our future, which is currently on the chopping block due to our governments refusal to act. We stand in the Just Stop Oil coalition, demanding no new fossil fuels. If you’re under 18, we invite you to demand a future with us - join a zoom call and find out how you can get involved. Over 18’s should see Just Stop Oil


Right now, we stand at a crossroads. Do we stand by and allow the government to support the fossil fuel industry and its genocidal aims or do we enter into civil resistance until the government announces an end to new oil and gas projects in the UK?



ENDS



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Notes to Editors:


[1] Quoted in the Guardian on the release of the International Energy Agency, May 2021- Net Zero by 2050: a Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector


Annex 1 – Impacts of breaching 1.5˚C


1. Threat to global food security


Peer-reviewed research, Increasing risks of multiple breadbasket failure under 1.5 and 2 °C global warming, concludes:


“Risks of simultaneous crop failure … increase disproportionately between 1.5 and 2 °C, so surpassing the 1.5 °C threshold will represent a threat to global food security.”


2. Whole regions of the world will be rendered uninhabitable


According to peer-reviewed research, beyond 1.5˚C warming, tropical regions of the world risk wet bulb temperatures in excess of 35˚C, which is beyond the capacity of the human body to cool itself down and therefore beyond the limit of human endurance. Around 40% of the world’s population currently live in the tropics. Billions of people will face a choice: live where it is no longer safe to live, or leave.


3. Critical tipping points could be passed, leading to a “hothouse earth”


In 2018, leading academics, including Johan Rockstrom and Hans Schellnhuber, considered the temperature threshold for crossing critical tipping points in the climate system in Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene and concluded:


“Our analysis suggests that the Earth System may be approaching a planetary threshold that could lock in a continuing rapid pathway toward much hotter conditions—Hothouse Earth … Where such a threshold might be is uncertain, but it could be only decades ahead …and … it could be within the range of the Paris Accord temperature targets.”


What did the Government’s own Net Zero Strategy say, published in October 2021?


“People are rightly concerned, with the latest IPCC report showing that if we fail to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the floods and fires we have seen around the world this year will get more frequent and more fierce, crops will be more likely to fail, and sea levels will rise driving mass migration as millions are forced from their homes. Above 1.5°C we risk reaching climatic tipping points like the melting of arctic permafrost – releasing millennia of stored greenhouse gases – meaning we could lose control of our climate for good. But the good news is that there is, still, a path to avoid catastrophic climate change.” [Executive Summary, p.14]