Religions have a vital role in helping save the planet

27th July 2019 Dear Editor Having lost the debate about climate science Neville Martin has now moved on to religion (Star letters 20.7.19). If he has grandchildren I wonder if they will be comforted by his assertion that God is in control, so we needn’t worry about the destruction of our life support system. For thoseContinue reading “Religions have a vital role in helping save the planet”

The Star must tell the truth about the Climate Emergency

Have you ever noticed a lump growing on your body? Maybe you’ve thought, it’s probably nothing, if I ignore it, it will go away. If you’ve been in that situation I sincerely hope you had a good friend who encouraged you to go to the doctors and get it checked out. Denial is a naturalContinue reading “The Star must tell the truth about the Climate Emergency”

The Star has broken the readers charter

Our argument is not with Neville Martin, who is entitled to his misinformed view, but with the Sheffield Star for publishing such an outrageous headline. If a reader writes to you claiming measles jabs cause autism, will you make that your headline? If Benson Hedges writes to you saying smoking is good for health, willContinue reading “The Star has broken the readers charter”

We now face an existential threat bigger than Nazi Germany

It was wonderful to see the Lancaster bomber fly over Sheffield. We need constant reminders of the sacrifices that both our armed forces and civilians made to ensure the defeat of the Nazis. But as well as looking back we also need to look to the future.We now face an existential threat bigger than NaziContinue reading “We now face an existential threat bigger than Nazi Germany”

Media ignored alarming increase in methane levels

Chris Broome’s analysis is spot on. Sheffield Climate Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the Green Party and many other green groups have been campaigning for  40 years, but petitions, marches, letters to MP’s have largely been ignored by those in power, and greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise. It has taken the radicalContinue reading “Media ignored alarming increase in methane levels”

Humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals

6th May 2019 Neville Martin’s Star letter of May 6th should be taken as seriously as a Boris Johnson promise on the side of a bus. A quick Google of the Deep Water Horizon disaster shows it has caused long-lasting problems. Oil residues have altered the basic building blocks of life in the ocean by reducing biodiversity inContinue reading “Humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals”

There is no time to play party politics in an emergency

I am very pleased that Labour Candidate Ruth Milsom understands the urgency of climate change and wants the Council to commit to becoming zero carbon by 2030. (letters 9.3.19) I  hope she can persuade her colleagues in the Cabinet to make this a reality.  I am also pleased that she wants to work with othersContinue reading “There is no time to play party politics in an emergency”

Sheffield should go Carbon Neutral by 2030

Dear Editor At the Full Council meeting I presented a petition of over 400 names, collected in less than a week, calling on Sheffield to become carbon neutral by 2030. Climate change is now an emergency. The 2018 State of the Climate report says that the 20 warmest years on record have been in theContinue reading “Sheffield should go Carbon Neutral by 2030”

Fitzalan Square trees destroyed

On Sunday 20th May, at 6am in the morning, Amey workmen cut down the four beautiful healthy plane trees in Fitzalan Square. They came like thieves in the night, as they were aware that they were doing this without the consent of the people of Sheffield. Yes, they had gone through the process of pretending toContinue reading “Fitzalan Square trees destroyed”