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Let’s work together for peace and the climate

November 8, 2019 10:49 PM
By Mohammad Fayyaz in yourChesham

I'm proud to see the Chesham community working together for world peace and to contribute to halt climate change. Mohammad Fayyaz

I believe these two aims are very much connected because they have an impact on us all.

On 14 September, I was privileged to be part of a packed audience at the Elgiva to enjoy 'Peace 1 Day', an evening of global music, dance and video, all organised and performed by local people who freely gave their time and talents because this is something they're passionate about.

The evening event was held in preparation for the United Nations' International Day of Peace held each year on 21 September. The theme of this year's Day of Peace was climate change.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres warned: "Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives. That is why it is the focus of this year's International Day of Peace."

At the end of the evening, we all left the Elgiva fired up to make change happen. Now we are all going to have to work together to avert climate catastrophe and give peace a chance in the world.

When I wrote about the danger of manmade climate change only a few months ago, I concluded by writing, "the challenge has to be faced". The Peace 1 Day evening demonstrated that one person's passion can become a world movement. People around the world are ready for change and we just need to stand up and be counted.

I'm really excited, for example, that we managed to get Chesham Town Council to make a small step in declaring a climate emergency and aiming for the council to be carbon neutral by 2030. My colleague Alan Bacon proposed it, I seconded it, and it was agreed unanimously. Then, on a practical level, Chesham Town Council has at least accepted that we need to plant trees.

According to a recent government report, Britain needs to plant three billion trees by 2050 to help halt climate change. Chesham Town Council has now committed to planting 200. It's a start but we need more. The council can't solve manmade climate change, because it is caused by all of us everywhere.

Join me and my colleagues in working together to make the Chesham area more sustainable and an icon of peace.

Your Chesham, October 2019 ()This article was first published in Your Chesham and is reproduced here with permission. The magazine for November can be seen here. Mohammad Fayyaz is the Liberal Democrat town councllor for Asheridge Vale and writes a regular monthly column for YourChesham.