Are these heatwaves the shape of things to come?

Image result for tomato plantsThese past weeks of heat and sun have evoked different emotions in me. Enjoyment, of being able to pad about barefoot in the garden long into each evening. Trepidation, about our thirsty tomato plants when we left them for two scalding weeks. And intrigue, as the dry weeks parched the UK’s soil of moisture, and revealed ancient places where people lived and farmed, worshipped and were buried. This heatwave has shown us something of our past, the shape of things that were there all along. We just didn’t know it.

And the question that left me unnerved during these hot, rainless weeks has been this: are these heatwaves also showing us the shape of things to come? [Read more…]

A climate act for all our futures

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Lyson and Theresa and four of their children, Dowa District, Malawi

 

This month you have a chance to input into a public consultation on Scotland’s Climate Change Bill, whether you’re based in Scotland or not. Tearfund is a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a diverse coalition of civil society organisations in Scotland campaigning together on climate change. Read more about why we want a more ambitious climate act; one that represents climate justice for all. 

Global temperatures in July this year were the 2nd highest ever recorded . For Nepali families recovering from recent floods or farmers in Malawi fearful of another small harvest, these rising temperatures contribute towards a changing climate that is having a very real impact.

Lyson, from the Dowa District in Malawi explains: “In the past the soil here used to be very fertile. We would grow our crops and harvest a lot. But over the years the environment has been destroyed and the soil has become infertile. Because of climate change there are less rains, and we are harvesting only a little food – which is a big challenge for us.”  [Read more…]

Mission 2020: don’t be late

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Source: Mission 2020

 

Monday began with a reminder that Hugh Grant hates people being late. This montage of cinematic near misses reminds us that being late can have different consequences – for our love lives, dance careers and, in some cases, our survival. It is a light-hearted introduction to a new campaign with a weighty message: we can’t afford to be late on curbing our carbon emissions. [Read more…]