Our Statement on the Climate Emergency

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. We therefore welcome the Government’s declaration of a climate emergency and eagerly await further action to be taken to address this emergency.

Woodcraft Folk recognises the crucial role played by children and young people in bringing about this declaration. In particular we admire the actions of school strikers across the UK and around the world, and the inspiration that they have drawn from Greta Thunberg.

As an organisation we also recognise the acts by XR that have raised the general public consciousness around these issues. Woodcraft Folk are supportive of their demands to tell the truth, act now and go beyond politics. We agree that:

  • Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

  • Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

  • Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Yet still not enough is being done right now. Children and young people are continuing to take action because the adults entrusted with making policy decisions are not doing enough to address the impending climate crisis.

We demand actions for climate justice which prioritise the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty. Action is needed to establish reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour and poor communities for years of environmental injustice. We must establish legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.

As an organisation committed to the principles of “One World” and “The Rights of the Child”, Woodcraft Folk will continue to support our young members to explore both their right to strike and climate justice through our educational activities.

 

Woodcraft Folk General Council

May 2019