Hourglass Newspaper

THIS IS WHY I REBEL

James ‘Iggy’ Fox died on 6 February. He was 25, had given up a career in science to join XR and fought hard for the cause, especially for Indigenous rights. Iggy was a burning bright soul and he will be deeply missed by us all. Here is the article he wrote for issue 3 of The Hourglass newspaper. Science alone is silence. For people to act on science’s warnings and apply its solutions, its message needs shouting from the rooftops. Scientists are getting on the streets, refusing to be scribes of the apocalypse. After seven years studying, researching and…

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ROUGH SLEEPERS FACE WORSENING CONDITIONS

According to more than 230 studies looking at weather events around the world, there is evidence that human activity is increasing the risk of extreme weather. The reality of worsening weather conditions has not gone unnoticed by more vulnerable members of society. “Any extreme weather condition is going to make a homeless person’s life more difficult,” Paul Blake, who has experienced homelessness twice and currently lives in a hostel in Bristol, told The Hourglass. Severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP), the government’s emergency response requiring local councils to provide emergency accommodation for all rough sleepers during extreme weather,…

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I CLIMBED A 60FT TREE TO SAVE COLNE VALLEY

I had been at the Stop HS2 camp in Colne Valley since the summer. Initially I’d only wanted to visit, but I fell in love with the area. This little patch of heaven was under threat of being bulldozed for the sake of HS2 – a ridiculous plan to build, with no regard for nature or its residents, a new high speed railway that comes with an immense price tag to provide journeys that, at over £300 a ticket, only a few would be able to afford. To me the idea of such a monstrosity, carved like a scar…

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Grow trees, not the economy

“System change not climate change” is such a grand statement and yet it begs the question: change what system and how? From the clothes we buy, to the food we eat, economics touches upon everything we do. If we’re going to change anything, the economic model is a good place to start. In order to grow, the economy needs us to consume, and companies have to create demand, which is fed by planned obsolescence and sweatshops abroad. This cycle of endless consumption and production for profit is steadily depleting our natural resources. Globally, most governments won’t accept that…

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What does creative resistance mean?

Artists have often contributed their artwork to activist movements, or made work about social issues, but some of the most powerful forms of creative resistance can be found taking place outside the gallery walls, on the streets. Many climate actions use creativity and I would argue that it is the use of art and graphics to create a unique identity that have contributed to Extinction Rebellion’s rapid growth in a short space of time. We can trace acts of creative resistance back in time and all over the world. One hundred years ago in Russia, Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to…

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HARD-HITTING FACTS

JessicaTownsend meets climate scientist Professor Kevin Anderson Listening to Professor Kevin Anderson talk about climate science is like plunging into the winter sea: vivid and uncomfortable, but ultimately life-enhancing. His message, and the way he presents it, are bracing. This is because the facts that the Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester has to convey are often stark. He speaks about the fact that the UK Government’s frequent assertion that carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 44% since 1990 is wrong because it doesn’t include shipping, air travel or imports and exports. He tells…

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The climate, my family and me

Big people helping little people with big climate thoughts and feelings How do we explain the climate and ecological crisis to children when we have challenging feelings of our own to manage? In this series SARA MAE suggests ways to tackle this difficult topic. Prioritise your own well-being Climate conversations will be most successful when adults are managing their own feelings well enough to welcome children to the topic. Before the conversation, identify and access your own support network and use strategies for managing your own personal wellbeing. Connect with people and groups who can help, for…

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AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES DRIVE HUNDREDS OF SPECIES TOWARDS EXTINCTION

Australia’s bushfires have killed over a billion wild animals and may have driven hundreds of unique species to extinction, according to estimates by biodiversity scientists. The fires have been burning since September and have killed 29 people and destroyed over 3,000 homes. At least 18.6 million hectares or 72,000 square miles (an area one and a half times the size of England) have been burnt, much of which was biodiversity-rich forest and bushland. World famous sites such as the Blue Mountains National Park have also been badly affected. Australia is a ‘megadiversity country’: one of 17 nations with…

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In other news…

The wealth gap is widening to unprecedented levels around the world, according to the World Social Report, with more than 70% of the population living in countries where disparities are increasing. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are now part of that list of places where rich people are getting richer as poor people are getting poorer. Comedy titan Terry Jones has died after a long battle with dementia. A founding member of the Monty Python troupe and director of their most successful film, Life of Brian, Jones was said by his wife Anna Soderstrom to have remained…

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SPENDING TIME IN NATURE CAN HELP LOWER EMISSIONS

Policies to preserve and develop urban green space could help city-dwellers reconnect with nature and help to meet sustainability targets, according to research from the University of Exeter. The Environment International report found people who live in more built-up areas and spend less of their time in nature are less likely to take actions that would benefit the environment and help tackle climate change, such as recycling or adopting eco-friendly shopping habits.The survey looked at 24,000 people’s responses for their exposure to nature in their local area, recreational visits to natural environments like parks, woodlands and beaches, and how…

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