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The world is facing a climate and ecological emergency.

Catastrophic weather events, rising sea levels, rampant destruction of natural habitats and the mass extinction of wildlife are no longer future possibilities: they are happening around the world now. 

But the torrent of (often terrifying) facts, statistics and forecasts can be overwhelming - even without the noise made by those who still insist on denying and obfuscating the science. Here, then, are some of the best and most up-to-date guides to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. 

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Emergency on Planet Earth, an open access Google Doc written by scientist Dr Emily Grossman, is the most accessible and rigorous guide to the CEE. 


In this film, broadcast in April 2019 and presented by Sir David Attenborough, the BBC finally allowed the full story of climate breakdown to be told to the public.


Broadcast by the BBC in September 2020, here is the other half of the CEE – the mass extinction unfolding – brilliantly presented and explained by Sir David and a host of scientists.


Sector by sector: where do global greenhouse gases come from? Article from Our World in Data crunches the numbers (that big red slice of the pie is Energy…).  


There is No Planet B – a book by Mike Berners-Lee – lays out, in a highly engaging way, the facts of the CEE, and the various challenges and opportunities facing us all. 


Perhaps the scariest aspect of the CEE is the prospect of climate Tipping Points – and even a ‘cascade’ of such Tipping Points…this Guardian article explains all. 


Costing the Earth (Radio 4 series) explores ‘fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet’. 


A UN report, published in September 2020, found that not a single target set a decade ago for protecting wildlife and ecosystems is being met. A Guardian article explains.


This podcast hosted by Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt takes ‘a holistic, irreverent, no-bullshit look at the climate crisis and the ways we’re talking—and not talking—about it.’ 

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Addressing climate change is like playing chess. We need to use multiple strategies, and see the whole board. Climate scientist, Dr. Jonathan Foley, explains. 


Weekly podcast hosted by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson. Interviewees include such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg.


In October 2020, launched Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate climate crisis solutions. Check out the excellent talks and projects.


Why climate justice is social justice: videos curated by Anil of BLM West London exploring climate change, race, migration and poverty.


Why Climate Change is an LGBTQ+ Issue: article from Friends of the Earth Scotland 

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Making Peace with Nature is the latest UN Report (Feb. 2021) on the CEE. You can read it - or just the summary - here.

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