Had a great meeting with a new Bristol group named Grandparents for a Safe Earth. As a fully qualified grandfather of seven children, who enthusiastically shares their aims, I have joined the group. One of the members is a school friend of mine from St Illtyd's in Cardiff. His idealism has survived shining bright since the forties. There will be parliamentary opportunities to advance the causes of these inspiring activists. Their inspiration is the Gray Panther movement.
WHO WE ARE
“The old, having the benefit of life experience, the time to get things done & the least to lose by sticking their necks out, are in a perfect position to serve as advocates for the larger public good.” “we must act as the elders of the tribe looking out for the best interests of the future & preserving the precious compact between the generations.” (Maggie Kuhn who launched Gray Panther).
GRANDPARENTS FOR A SAFE EARTH
We are a network of grandparents and elders who care deeply about the world our descendants will inherit. We have learned that the current plans of energy companies and governments will, if not radically changed, put our grandchildren’s future at risk. According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlooks for 2011 and 2012, if all the worldwide coal and other infrastructure planned for 2017 is actually built, then world temperature will rise to a level regarded as unsafe for human life. The 2013 Outlook states that under present government plans world-wide, world temperatures are on a trajectory to increase by 3.5 C. https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/WEO2013_Executive_Summary_English.pdf
According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report for 2013, climate change is being caused primarily by human actions emitting CO2 into Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/uploads/WGI_AR5_SPM_brochure.pdf
Our primary aim is to promote policies and actions which reduce these emissions. Whilst actions to reduce CO2 emissions are vital at all levels of human life, we are particularly focussing upon the
structural levels of finance, politics, business and media, especially the investment by banks in fossil-fuel industries and the involvement of governments world-wide in subsidising these industries. The World Energy Outlook for 2013 estimated that these subsidies amounted to $544bn in 2012.
OUR VISION STATEMENT:
We hold to the principle that ‘the organism which destroys its environment destroys itself’ (Gregory Bateson).
We want the Earth’s eco-systems to be kept as intact as possible, thus giving security and well-being to those who follow us.
We want to leave behind us social structures and cultures which acknowledge our primary dependence upon the Earth. We want these structures and cultures to promote:
- the full dignity of children, women and men;
- the intrinsic value of all life on Earth;
- policies which take account of the needs of future generations;
- relationships based upon co-operation and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
Wherever possible, we will seek to co-operate and enter into dialogue with others, including those who we consider to be putting short-term financial interest before that of the planet and future generations. If all other actions fail, we are prepared either to take direct action or to support our colleagues who do that. Such actions will always seek to be in a spirit of non-violence and respect.