If we don’t take action now the climate crisis will create more extreme politics, as well as more extreme weather
Today we are supporting the millions of people around the world heading out onto to the streets as part of a week of global climate strikes.
This month HOPE not hate polled over 11,000 people across eight of countries that have an important role to play in tackling the climate crisis.
Our findings were overwhelming, the majority saying that climate breakdown is the world’s number one priority – ahead of migration, terrorism and the global economy.
The global public want to tough action as a result such as forcing big polluters to pay for the damage they cause, phasing out fossil fuels and limiting flights – but they don’t think politicians are doing too little, too slowly.
HOPE not hate is campaigning for radical action to tackle the climate emergency because the disruption caused by extreme weather, rising sea levels, desertification and increasing temperatures will create not just environmental instability but social and economic instability too.
Across the world people will lose their homelands, ways of life, and livelihoods and so be forced to move both within and across national borders. Large scale flows of people combined with pressure on resources and services will create hostility, anger and competition in our societies – ideal conditions for the politics of hate to thrive.
Today people around the world are uniting as global citizens to demand climate justice from our leaders, and in doing so we should also demand social justice too – fighting the scapegoating of those who cross borders and the politics of fear and division.