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Insulate Britain campaigner warns of ‘societal collapse’ if climate crisis not tackled


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Insulate Britain campaigners are “expecting the worst” from COP26 and warned the world is heading for “societal collapse” unless appropriate action is taken to tackle the climate crisis.

At COP26, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will declare “it’s one minute to midnight, and we need to act now” otherwise “it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow” – but activists said such a deadline had already been missed.

Insulate Britain campaigner Cameron Ford told Kay Burley on Sky News he was “hoping for a lot” from the summit, but was “expecting the worst”.

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Insulate Britain campaigner Cameron Ford said 'everyone is doing a terrible job' over tackling harmful emissions
Image: Cameron Ford said ‘everyone is doing a terrible job’ over tackling harmful emissions

Speaking from Cambridge, he said: “The fact that this is the 26th COP we’ve had – they’ve failed us so far, what’s to say this one’s going to be any different?

“Our government is betraying us. We’ve seen that with the recent budget cuts, we’re seeing that day in, day out. The government is committing treason. That’s why the campaign and non-violent civil resistance has continued.”

When pointed out that Mr Johnson has said he was doing everything he could to tackle emissions, Mr Ford said: “Boris is absolutely lying. He’s a constant greenwasher.

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“Boris says we’re at one minute to midnight. It’s five past midnight. I’m sorry, but we need non-violent civil resistance. Otherwise, we’re hurtling towards societal collapse and that means there’s going to be slaughter, rape, genocide.

“There’s going to be no NHS, that will collapse. There’ll be no pensions.

“We’re going to see a thousand million people – climate refugees – on the move. And when we have food shortages in this country, it’s going to be cut throats on the cereal aisle in Morrisons – it’s going to be a bloodbath. If COP fails, this is what’s coming.

“The next three to four years will determine the future of humanity.”

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When asked about the UK’s carbon emissions not being as high as in other major countries like China, Russia and India, Mr Ford said: “Everyone is doing a terrible job here. Let’s not blow our own trumpet and look to shift the blame.

“It’s not India or China’s fault that we’re going to have over eight-and-a-half thousand people die from cold homes this winter, is it?”

The PM will use his speech in Glasgow to announce a further £1bn of UK aid for climate finance over five years.

 Sky News

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