Climate activist on ‘unlimited’ hunger strike in parliament receives backing from dozens of top scientists

‘I’m ready to die if the demand isn’t met’: Angus Rose continues climate hunger strike

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More than 75 leading scientists, including a former chief scientific adviser to the government, have signed an open letter in support of climate activist on ‘unlimited’ hunger strike before the Houses of Parliament.

Rose Angus52, has spent the last 27 days asking the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change Greg’s hands Organize a briefing for MPs and Cabinet so they can better understand the science behind the climate emergency. He said he wanted the briefing to be televised for the public so everyone understands the climate crisis and the risks it poses.

Now dozens of scientists have signed an open letter to Mr Hands saying they are “convinced” that a “climate and ecological crisis briefing would help our leaders adopt the right policies to decarbonize our society at the pace required, while preserving biodiversity.”

“It seems like a minor thing to ask, and here is a man putting his life on the line and I’m just like, please do it,” said Sir David King, former science adviser Chief of Government and Special Envoy on Climate Change. , Told The Independent, when asked why he felt compelled to sign the open letter. “What problems will it cause if done?”

The news comes after Mr. Rose said The Independent that he has lost more than a stone since he began his hunger strike on March 14 and has accused Mr Hands of “running away” from responsibility. Mr Rose, a software engineer from London, said he met Mr Hands for fifteen minutes on Thursday, during which the minister urged him to reconsider his hunger strike and said he was not in his power to organize a briefing.



Greg Hands advised Mr Rose to end his hunger strike (PA)


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Greg Hands advised Mr Rose to end his hunger strike (PA)

Instead, Mr Hands told him to contact Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and Greg Clark, chairman of the science and technology select committee, who have the power to hold a briefing , Mr. Rose said. Mr Hands said he would also speak to the two men, according to Mr Rose.

“It’s escaping responsibility,” said Mr. Rose, who says it’s crucial that lawmakers are informed about climate change so they can make more informed decisions to help protect children’s future from climate change. world, including his five nephews and his niece.

Signatories to the open letter said they were “deeply concerned” about Mr Rose who they described as being on an “unlimited” hunger strike. The letter says that while they don’t all agree with the tactic of the public hunger strike, they could “unanimously” support the idea that policymakers receive the latest scientific evidence on the climate crisis. and ecological and its solutions.

“Most climatologists are now worried about the future and expect to see catastrophic changes in their lifetime,” the open letter reads.

Faced recently with a similar request, the Swiss Federal Assembly agreed to receive a briefing from scientists on the climate and ecological crisis, he added.

Mr Rose says he wants lawmakers to receive the same briefing Boris Johnson received on the climate emergency, which would have helped the Prime Minister to reexamine his beliefs on climate change.

The presentation in question was published earlier this year by Carbon Panties websitewho obtained the slides via a freedom of information request.

Video: Climate activist on hunger strike says he lost more than a stone in first three weeks (The Independent)

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“There’s no reason in God’s earth why they haven’t had a briefing by the chief science adviser yet,” Mr Rose said. The Independent. “All I ask is a better understanding of this crucial issue.”



Angus Rose on day 24 of his hunger strike (Hannah Woodhouse)


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Angus Rose on day 24 of his hunger strike (Hannah Woodhouse)

The UN warned this week that global emissions must peak within the next three years to avoid a “catastrophic” increase in temperature.

Days after the UN report, Mr Johnson announced plans to build more nuclear power stations, boost renewable energy and extract more oil and gas from the North Sea to help the country reduce its needs for Russian fossil fuels after the invasion of Ukraine.

Green groups and climate campaigners have criticized the plan, saying it shouldn’t have included the extraction of more fossil fuels in the UK, that it should have done more to build on the onshore wind energy in the country and to increase energy efficiency and reduce demand.

Critics also said it had done little to ease Britain’s cost of living crisis, as many plans for increased energy supplies would take years to come together and work.

Mr Johnson said the plan would “scale up and accelerate affordable, clean and safe made-in-Britain, energy for Britain – from new nuclear to offshore wind – in the decade to come”.

Mr Rose said reports from the UN and the UK’s Independent Committee on Climate Change could easily sit on government desks, with lawmakers getting involved to varying degrees.

But at a briefing hosted by Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, the important facts could be summed up in a relatively short presentation, he said.

“Just leaving politicians to their own devices to try to make sense of their own time, no, that’s not enough,” he added. “A lot of them lack understanding, you can see that in the decisions they make.”

Scientists supporting Mr Rose said the climate and ecological crisis was moving at a ‘rapid pace’ and it was ‘increasingly difficult for politicians to understand the significance of the latest science they don’t have no time to read and digest”.

Mr Rose said he feared it could take days or even weeks for Sir Hoyle and Mr Clark to respond to his request for a briefing.

Meanwhile, his supporters are increasingly concerned about his health, as he says he is determined to continue his hunger strike until his demands are met.

Mr. Rose said The Independent he feels increasingly dizzy and finds it difficult to get up in the morning. But he said he was determined to continue.

“It’s vitally important to my nephews and niece, as well as other parents and their children and grandchildren,” he said. “It has to happen, there is no excuse.”

So far, more than 1,000 people have sign an online petition asking Mr Hands to hold a climate briefing.

A spokesman for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said Mr Hands had visited Mr Rose to explain, as he had in his previous letters, that the information was already public and to ask him to reconsider his “drastic” actions for himself. welfare.

“The minister inquired about Mr. Rose’s health and personally reassured him of the seriousness with which the government takes climate change and its commitment to tackling the problem,” the spokesperson added. word.

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