On Tuesday Extinction Rebellion (XR) activist and self-proclaimed lover of nature and the planet, Tom Deacon, presented to our morning meeting and later gave a talk to College 1 in Specials.
Tom spoke to us powerfully of the true likely scale of the looming climate crisis and through his story helped us to see that the time for action is now if we are to get anywhere near to avoid catastrophic and unprecedented changes to our world brought on by the actions of human adding greenhouse gases to atmosphere.
He pointed out that the more vital part of what was needed in all great civil struggles in history (such as those of the Suffragettes and the Anti-Slavery movement) was for 3.5% of the population to be active on this issue. The Great Turning as he called it will be the sea-change in public understanding and support that could secure a future for all of us.
So, Tom called our young people to action and encouraged them to consider joining XR firstname.lastname@example.org or local NGOs which support action on climate change. This is very timely as there is a global climate strike next Friday September 20th including an event in York at 11.30am. We will send information to parents on Monday about how your child (if in Upper Schoolroom or above) can take part if they are committed to taking a serious stand on the issue.
Some students may have found his morning meeting hard hitting (see the word cloud generated by a Middle School Room class straight after the meeting) and sources in this link might be helpful for those individuals.