This is your guide to the 2019 climate change election. We are in the midst of a climate emergency: living in such desperate times surely calls for desperate measures…. but the choice in the ballot box is the same as always.
Or is it?
Here is Anna’s guide to the 2019 election with a focus on the climate catastrophe and animal welfare. This election might be our last chance on climate change so I have been more … forthright… that I usually am in the public sphere. Hope that’s okay!
Below is a detailed review of 5 party manifestos, in alphabetical order.
I have included:
Quotes from each manifesto
Quotes from Friends of The Earth and Compassion in World Farming
Some thoughts of my our own! These are either on a pink background or in (italics/brackets)
Also, I used the Nature Watch Foundation election report as a guide
The climate crisis must end. Irreparable damage has been done to our home causing dangerous global warming.
This is an emergency.
A desperate fight to save our species from extinction, before it’s too late. Our families our friends and our children are in danger. Millions, maybe even billions, will die. And yet nothing is happening.
In the quiet parts of our day, when we get a moment to think… so many of us feel it. We feel devastated. Terrified and helpless. We are grieving. It’s time to act: act now, together, peacefully.
One of my favorite podcasts is Science VS, by gimlet media. It’s a science show headed by Wendy Zukerman, who delves into the science of things like vaccines, climate change, essential oils and…. in September this year Veganism!
It’s Word Vegan Day! Want to know what would happen if everyone went vegan? Or just 25%? Want to know if it’s actually healthy? Or if Vegans need to engage with anti-poverty campaigns to achieve their goal? Well you are in the right place!
I read a fascinating scientific paper in the Lancet today  which models the impact of changes in diet across the whole world, depending on the motivation/specifics. It predicts changes country by country depending on how they farm and eat right now, which is WOW SUPER COOL (and so so nerdy)! Here’s a summary of what they did and 10 lessons I learned.
Yesterday we heard the heartbreaking news that restricting climate change to 2.0 degrees, which we weren’t on track to achieve anyway, won’t be good enough to prevent the worst damage. I wrote an article delving into the details.
Here is something more positive: a guide to what YOU can do about climate change, starting right now. Some of the things are really easy!
The short-version is: go vegan, get a veg box, be really rude to people to by air-freighted food, drive less, walk more, switch to good energy, wear jumpers and insulate stuff. All of these things are good for your health and for the health of other people too! Kaboom!
Our internationally agreed targets of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees are not good enough – and we weren’t meeting them anyway. The IPCC says the evidence is we need to keep to below 1.5 degrees, which we could hit by 2030. This blog explains the news in detail.