WHAT ARE CLIMERICKS?
CLIMERICKS (CLImate emergency LIMERICKS) - If you’re not sure what constitutes a Limerick, Wikipedia has an excellent description that will enable you understand what this invitation is about.
No-one, in 2023, can deny we are experiencing extreme weather in many, many places.
There are at least 70 scientific disciplines and a similar number of respected National scientific institutes (such as the Royal Society and comparable bodies in other countries) that believe, from solid evidence, the pace of climate change is way faster than has ever happened in thousands of years of history. Those very responsible scientists and those institutions are clear that the present temperature rises causing these extremes and the related climate emergency are human induced.
Since there is such a consensus among so many respected institutions and scientists of so many faculties, it is near-unbelievable that anyone or any organisation is prepared to deny these trends. That smacks of denialism, blindness, vested interest, greed for the profits which still flow from the fossil-fuel based industries, disinformation and outright lies. This sinister activity is, terrifyingly, funded by huge investment from the right of the political spectrum. Responsible people who have a more visionary understanding cannot muster anything like the funding base for deniers and delayers of the need for urgent action and, in order to wake the population at large to the catastrophe which faces the world, some engage in protest which is sometimes disruptive and unpopular to those inconvenienced by it. Politicians in many countries, hoping to gain favour of the general public, are passing legislation to prevent legitimate peaceful protest. This at a time of unprecedented existential crisis and with the hideous connivance of right-wing media.
So is there a method which can massively raise awareness to the impending crisis, (which is a crisis of TODAY and not a future crisis, and by which time today’s power-brokers, deniers and delayers will no longer hold the power they do today)? Long-term targets for ‘Net Zero’ or other CO2 diminution are all fixed too far in the future, too late to be of serious help.
If you are concerned about this impending catastrophe which will make life increasingly difficult for everybody and every creature, you may well wonder what YOU can do. Well, here’s something very simple. Here’s an invitation to join CLIMERICKS.
CLIMERICKS have been devised to give voice to anyone concerned about the climate calamity we face. Here’s What to do.
1 Call up the Eco-verses site where you will find a growing collection of CLIMERICKS. You will find it at http://Eco-verses.blogspot.com
2 call up at your favourite reliable NEWS Site and/or a reliable community website for your own home community
3 Look around the news site to see if there are any headlines about CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL, DELAY or the wilful obstuction of Climate change mitigation targets.
4 Look Round the Eco-verses/CLIMERICKS site to see if there is already a CLIMERICK that make that form of delay or denial a nonsense.
5 Either post that CLIMERICK as OR EVEN BETTER WRITE YOUR OWN and post it as widely as you can (If writing your own try and make them amusing but telling. Try not to be rude but make your verse as compelling as you possibly can). The CLIMERICK site has a growing collection of examples for you to model your writing on: you may get new ideas from there too! If you can inject hope into your CLIMERICK too, that will be brilliant.
6 Invite those you know who want to show their support for early and wide-ranging climate chaos prevention to share your chosen or written CLIMERICK.
7 Send your chosen CLIMERICK to your MP, Local Councillors, Radio Stations and Any Civil Service department having input into Climate Change catastrophe politics. Send hard copies if you can afford it and Emails if you need to keep your costs of joining in, low. If you know how, overprint your CLIMERICK on a pertinent image and post it to whichever CLIMERICKS site you operate on. Let’s engulf all places where power is exercised with CLIMERICKS
8 JUST POSSIBLY, CLIMERICKS MIGHT BECOME AN ACTIVITY HUB FOR ALL THOSE WHO DON’T QUITE KNOW HOW THEY SHOULD BE MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO THE VITAL CLIMATE EMERGENCY DEBATES.
THINK ON THIS: CLIMERICKS could become a place to express concern for
ALL THOSE who care about the future of the planet and want urgent action, particularly -
· Young people and especially any school or college Climate Advocates:
· Mums to be and their partners:
· All parents who care for their children’s future (and their own):
· People in places threatened by and experiencing the fallout of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, unseasonal deep snow and other extreme weather:
· Family members who have care of disabled, old and frail relations:
· Anyone fearful for the planet’s future:
· Anyone who cares about the impact of the Climate catastrophe on low income people:
· Anyone who cares about the impact of the Climate catastrophe on those who inhabit low-lying lands:
· Anyone frustrated by the inaction of politicians:
· Anyone who assents to the Pope’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and wants to take action prompted by it:
· Any members of the hero organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and similar organisations in other countries who want to supplement their existing brave protests:
· People of faith who feel it is their call to be a steward of our beautiful planet:
Anyone who wants to join a life-saving initiative for a healthy planet -SOON.
To see all CLIMERICKs posted to this blog so far, go to the Home page via your browser’s button. (more to come)
Here’s a sample of using a letter to an MP
SAMPLE LETTER TO MP using a CLIMERICK
Lucy Fraser MP.
As one of your constituents, I wish to register my deep concern that your party leader has blatantly reneged on any sense of being concerned about the present human induced Climate Catastrophe.
In order to help me to understand how you stand as my MP, I would like to know your reaction to the following CLIMERICK (CLIMate concern limERICK).
Four brave people scaled wall and roof
to remind the PM of this truth:
Selling oil and gas stakes
His green promise: those stakes - damning proof.