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By Olly Rose
1 Nov 2021

It’s 1 November 2021 and international leaders have gathered in Glasgow for COP26, widely viewed as the last chance to agree action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

UN Secretary General, António Guterres has just delivered his opening address, which includes this memorable passage: “We face a stark choice: either we stop or it stops us. It’s time to say: enough. Enough of brutalising biodiversity. Enough of killing ourselves with carbon.”

It couldn’t be clearer – COP26 needs to act now, to agree action to limit warming to 1.5 degrees, and it needs to make sure that every country walks the walk on this.

The power of public opinion

The one thing we can be sure that politicians care about is public opinion. The more noise we can make about the coming climate catastrophe, the more they’ll be willing to take action instead of just talking about it.

To help raise awareness while COP26 is on, Dale Vince has created a cartoon with Rewriting Extinction, a global project to save as many of the one million species facing extinction as humanly possible. Please share it by email and social media to everyone you know.

'The 4 stages of climate grief' - A cartoon created by Dale Vince and Rewriting Extinction

Dale explains: “Earlier this year I bumped into an outfit called Rewriting Extinction - they do some really interesting work - connecting artists and people, creating and publishing cartoons and graphic novels - all climate and ecological crisis themed.

They gave me the chance to come up with a concept and get it drawn. I went for something themed around the ‘stages of grief’- with a climate twist.

It was drawn by Joel Pett - he’s a Pulitzer award winning artist, and just happens to be the guy that drew what may be my favourite cartoon of all time - the one with the guy presenting to a conference with a list of benefits on the projector screen - like clean air, water and all that good stuff - and someone says what if we achieve all of this and find that climate change was a hoax……. Love that.

Anyway here it is - the four stages of climate grief.

Right now I reckon most of the world are between stage 2 and 3 - deflection and delay.
I’m hoping we avoid the final one…:)”

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