If we don’t, climate change will devastate life on earth. Hundreds of millions of people, particularly the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, are already at severe risk of drought, floods, starvation, and disease. By the middle of the century, up to one third of land-based species could face extinction.
Here at home vast areas of land (including much of the South coast) could be under water. If we are to avoid catastrophic climate chaos, we need to cut our emissions of greenhouse gases, and keep the average global temperature from rising. Choices made now and in the next five to ten years, by politicians and decision makers, will determine the extent of the devastation faced by future generations.
It's an uphill fight as there's lots of money being poured into climate denial. We need pressure on Whitehall but also on councillors and key organizations here in Portsmouth. You just need to look at decisions on fracking to see that local interests and concern for the environment are being over-ridden by business concerns.
WHY DO WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION?
PCAN is a network of people who are calling for urgent action to reduce climate change in the Portsmouth area.
We’ve been working in Portsmouth since November 2006 and our primary aim is to ensure that climate change is tackled at a local level through education, mitigation and adaptation.
We have a small group of dedicated volunteers with a diverse range of backgrounds and skills. Many of our members are involved with other local groups like Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Cycle Forum, Global Justice Now, Oxfam and the Green Party.
We aim to raise awareness of climate issues and support events and actions taken by partner groups.
Nationally we are part of the Climate Coalition.