You’re burning our children’s future


boris johnson burning a boat

Boris and his Fossil Fuel Fool chums are enjoying quality time together. Not satisfied with profiting for years off the back of tax subsidies, the Fossil Fools are blocking meaningful change by repositioning their stinking greenwash PR machines. Stop funding their game Boris. You’re supposed to protect your citizens not the future profits of the fossil fuel industry. Tell the Truth about the catastrophic state of the Ocean NOW and be a real leader.

The action is part of an ongoing series of protests leading up to the G7 summit in Cornwall, featuring Boris Johnson sharing intimate quality-time in Cornwall with a Fossil Fuel Buddy. The celebrity pair were seen sitting on deck-chairs as the sun rose and a boat burned in the bay, billowing black smoke, with ‘Your Children’s Future’ across its sail.

The scene represents the UK government’s total disregard of the catastrophic climate change, ocean acidification and biodiversity loss that will devastate all our futures and leave a dead ocean for future generations. Ocean Rebellion demands the UK government must make the ocean a priority at the G7, we demand politicians distance themselves from the fossil fuel industry – no more cosy chats and shifty promises. All governments must cease subsidies to shipping and begin to tax shipping fuel. We demand the fleet is furloughed until a full and open investigation of world fish stocks is completed, with all fisher folk to receive full pay using the new tax on commercial shipping fuel. We, Ocean Rebellion, ask the UK government to take genuine action on climate and nature and make this the priority at the G7. The time for posturing is over. No more pointless platitudes, no more greenwashing.

Sophie Miller of Ocean Rebellion says:
“Countless young people have already decided not to have children because the future they will face is simply too hard. With extreme weather already afflicting many people, crop-yields are failing and food shortages are leading to conflict, forced migration and famine. Our disregard of the Ocean has led to a catastrophic decline in fish stocks, with many crucial habitats totally destroyed.”

Rob Higgs adds:
“This is an emergency. Ocean Rebellion is appealing to the G7 to wake up, join the dots, and take immediate action: Marine habitat destruction is causing elevated levels of atmospheric CO2. For instance, UK bottom trawling dragging heavy weights along the seabed to catch fish generates emissions equivalent to 13% of UK terrestrial emissions.”

Photo: Guy Reece

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