Did you see the first part of Frozen Planet 2? Adorable scenes of penguin chicks making their way to the sea for the first time and amazing drama as killer whales show their intelligence and guile by creating waves to topple a seal from its iceberg. But the scenes of enormous skyscrapers of ice calving into the sea from Greenland were most horrifying. David Attenborough informs us that one-fifth of the planet’s surface is ice- yet this is melting fast due to climate change and the much higher temperatures now being experienced at the poles. This does not just threaten the survival of the amazing creatures featured in the show- it threatens everyone’s survival as sea levels rise, eventually engulfing islands and cities worldwide.
It beggars belief that tackling the climate crisis isn’t the top priority of every Government and isn’t making front page news in every newspaper. Our own Government are moving fast in the wrong direction by encouraging more exploitation of fossil fuels and even proposing to start fracking here in Yorkshire. We must not let them get away with it.