This month, people are coming together in a call for the Government to make UK-based fossil fuel giants pay for the impacts of the climate crisis.
An action day has been organised by the Make Polluters Pay coalition of charities and campaign groups, including international development agency Christian Aid. It will include pilgrimages, demonstrations, discussions and publicity stunts.
Supporters from Wallasey churches are taking part by holding an information evening and banner-making session. It takes place on Friday 22 September, from 7-9pm at Claremount Methodist Church, entrance on Taunton Road, Wallasey.
Organiser Anne Litherland explained, “We’ll be looking at what loss and damage is, with speakers from Christian Aid, and Fridays for the Future, Liverpool, and asking what young people think about climate justice.
“We would love for people to come along and make a banner or placard to lobby their MP on the action day.
“All are welcome, especially young people, who will be most impacted by climate change.”
Christian Aid says rising global temperatures, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, are driving the climate crisis, leading to more frequent and severe climate disasters.
And those who have done the least to cause pollution are paying the highest price with loss of lives, livelihoods and culture – things which can never be replaced – as well as damage to homes, roads and schools which takes vital resources to repair.
Meanwhile, those responsible, like fossil fuel corporations, continue to make vast profits: in 2022 the combined total profits of BP, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total Energies was around £125.3 billion.
Governments have agreed to create an international Loss and Damage Fund – but right now, the fund is empty. Make Polluters Pay Action Day is about challenging the UK Government to do something about this.
Anne added, “It’s important, as Christians and people concerned about humanity, to act but it’s not always obvious how we can act. This evening will give us the information to understand the issue and to take action.”
To book a space at the information evening – visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/make-polluters-pay