Maybe forlornly, but I still cling onto the belief of democracy. So I write regularly to my MP imploring him to act meaningfully on energy and climate issues, as I see no such action from the current government. I try to write every week, but maybe it is more like once a month.. but either way I feel an urgent need to make my small voice heard… occasionally I get a reply but it is always lightweight and dismissive.
Dear Mr Davies.
I don’t understand your party’s energy policy one bit. We have a clear message that staying under 2 degrees of climate change is looking increasingly unlikely, yet you push ahead with gas power stations, fracking and like when a full on drive for renewables is obviously the only thing that makes sense. Investing a single penny into the furtherance of carbon based fossil fuels is surely an insanity that the next generation will not forgive us for.
We live in a era dominated by science and technology, yet when those same scientists ring the alarm bell over our fossil fuel use we ignore it. I don’t get it, I really don’t. Climate change is not an opinion, to be accepted or not.. it is a huge body of evidence, the weight of research is simply astounding, yet people try to dismiss it as a minor annoyance. You the Government, your party is not even engaged on the issue, you don’t talk about it meaningfully.. the IPCC report is terrifying and what is worse, it is a best case scenario.. truth is it is probably worse and more urgent than we can know. Surely no other issue comes close in its importance.. please speak up, and if you don’t understand it fully then please speak to those that do.. read the IPCC report, speak to the climate scientists.. this is no time for evasion.. there will be no future worth having on the path you are following.
There are so many things we could be doing, aside from changing energy policy, we can manage landscapes to sequestrate carbon, we can insulate homes, we can re localise our food supply, all things that create jobs and meaningful livelihoods and give us food security. We have food banks in our towns, in Newtown, in Machynlleth.. food banks! People are hungry.. and we could do so so much more. I work full time developing responses to these problems, yet you don’t come and talk to us. Please do, please come and find out what can be done to work for a secure future, because right now I don’t see meaningful action or even an understanding of the issues.
Yours, with deep concern