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Watch: The hat that saved the world – an ocean adventure read by Drag Queen Story Hour UK

Greenpeace UK - Fri, 2021-02-26 16:49
About The Hat That Saved The World

The Hat that Saved the World is about a little girl called Mishika who sails up to the Arctic to play with Bao, her polar bear friend. Mishika and Bao have the same hat which makes them very happy! But one day, the wind blows and blows and blows. It blows so hard her hat comes off, and far away it goes.

Chidiya, their friend the Arctic Tern, goes in search of Mishika’s hat and spots a little whale wearing it – but he’s swimming away. What a cheeky little whale!

So off they go, sailing down the ocean to chase the little whale. Along the way, ocean animals stuck in icky sticky oil spills, monstrous fishing nets, and nasty plastic waste cry out for help! But what’s more important? Mishika’s hat? Or helping to save their ocean friends?

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About the author

Meena Rajput is a Greenpeace activist who uses her experiences to inspire little ones – especially children of colour – to take action and protect the things they love.

“I want young children to learn that they have a powerful voice when it comes to protecting the things they love, and by working with their friends they can help make a difference to our world! Representation is also a core element of my storytelling as it is crucial that our children of colour have access to role models they can relate to, and that they are also imagined by society as heroes and change-makers of our world.”

About Drag Queen Story Hour UK

Drag Queen Story Hour UK® provide fun and interactive kids’ shows with amazing and talented drag performers! Drag Queen Story Hour UK® wants to show the world that being different is not a bad thing, and by providing imaginative role models for children to look up to, we can change the world book by book.

Visit the Drag Queen Story Hour® website

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4 Covid-safe ways to volunteer with Greenpeace

Greenpeace UK - Fri, 2021-02-26 10:29

From rainbow-laden windows to newly pedestrianised streets, the global pandemic made many of us imagine a new way of living.

And through it all, Greenpeace volunteers and activists have found new ways to work together for a greener and more peaceful world. With the UK hosting this year’s global climate change negotiations, that work is more important than ever.

Read on to learn how you can volunteer with Greenpeace, but don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start. Every month we hold volunteer welcome webinars which anyone can join, ask questions and find the best way to get involved.

This movement calls for a bubbling cauldron of dedicated activists – here’s how you can be part of it.

Join your local Greenpeace group

Greenpeace volunteers in Glasgow spray the messages ‘less cars, more bikes‘, ‘more space for people‘ and ‘more walking‘ in chalk on roads to call for a green recovery from the health crisis, including investment in local public transport, walking and cycling. © Greenpeace

From stenciling streets that need less traffic to doing a forest-friendly re-branding of their local Tesco (with jaguars in tow), local Greenpeace groups across the UK campaign on global issues in their local area, and advance our campaigns through local activism.

All local groups are hosting their monthly meetings on Zoom and are welcoming new members.

The local groups network also includes Local Media Volunteers who get coverage in their local papers of these campaigns and activities. We’re currently looking for new volunteers to take on the role in Chelmsford, Dundee, Edinburgh, Preston, Surrey and Welwyn Garden City. So if you enjoy creative writing or have an eye for a striking photo, then this could be the role for you!

Find your local Greenpeace group

Be part of Greenpeace’s creative peaceful protests

Greenpeace activists in Oxford place posters on Tesco’s shop windows telling new CEO Ken Murphy to stop selling industrial meat and cut ties with forest destroyers. © Greenpeace

Peaceful protest (also known as non-violent direct action or NVDA) raises an issue up the political and social agenda. It’s often used as a last resort, when campaigners have tried everything else they can think of. From mass protests for racial justice to creative disruption like Extinction Rebellion’s extinction parades, NVDA is used by citizens fighting for a greener and fairer world.

NVDA is at the heart of what Greenpeace activists do. It’s the method and philosophy that powers those creative protests you see in the news. It also packs our campaigns with a punch by bringing the impact of environmental crimes to the doorsteps of those responsible.

And it really works. Some of our most famous actions, like the occupation of Kingsnorth power station (now closed) have been instrumental in winning campaigns and achieving tangible change.

In 2020 our trained activists took action both at land and sea. Driving tiny remote-controlled cars under the gates of Downing Street, creating a 47-mile boulder barrier on the seabed to stop destructive fishing, and bringing a vital message from Indigenous leader, Sônia Guajajara to Tesco HQ to highlight their ties to forest destruction.

NVDA actions always come with a level of personal risk yet we take strict measures to keep our actions safe. If you have an appetite for adventure, sign up to become an NVDA-trained activist and join an online training.

Become a trained activist

Become a Greenpeace Speaker

Some of the Greenpeace Youth Speakers recruited in 2020

Greenpeace Speakers are a network of passionate communicators who deliver talks to schools, organisations and groups ranging from local swimming groups to university societies and big business. Covering a range of topics from deforestation, sustainable transport, eco-anxiety, oceans and plastics – our network is operating online using Instagram and Zoom.

In 2020, an influx of new youth speakers delivered online talks with 1000 listeners and spoke at the Youth Climate Summit, a weekend long conference for schools – watched by thousands of children across the UK.

All of our talks end with actions that people can take. We support you in developing an interesting talk and giving you the confidence to inspire others. Become a Greenpeace Speaker, or invite a Speaker to talk to any school or group you are part of.

Learn more about Greenpeace Speakers

Lobby your MP

Greenpeace volunteer Harriet meets with her local councillor in Harrow to talk about plastic pollution.

Volunteers in our Political Lobbying Network contact their MP and local councillors on Greenpeace’s campaigns and wider environmental issues. As constituents, your views really do matter. You don’t need to know lots about how politics or parliament works, or be able to recite stats on carbon emissions. You just need to care about environmental issues and be willing to talk to decision-makers about why they matter to you.

Last year, members of the network collectively reached 370 MPs, engaging them in our campaigns. They invited MPs to a photo exhibition, an online event, a virtual mass lobby, tweeted them, emailed them, and shared our Green Recovery manifesto and responded to Government consultations on transport. This year, the Network is focusing on holding the Government and MPs to account on the need for global leadership on climate and the environment, in the run-up to hosting UN climate negotiations in Glasgow, and calling for concrete plans to reach our target of Net Zero by 2050.

Volunteers stay in touch via our online platform, Greenwire. If you’re interested in joining the Political Lobbying Network, find out more and sign-up here.

Join the political lobbying network

Ready to get involved?

Greenpeace volunteers wear multiple hats, often taking on different roles as time goes on. If you’re still figuring out which role could be for you then join one of our monthly volunteer welcome webinars.  These sessions will give more of a flavour of how you can volunteer and connect you to other greenpeace supporters looking to take action.

Being a Greenpeace volunteer is like being part of a family – one where everyone brings something unique to the dinner table. Whichever way you wish to get involved, bring your creativity, energy and passion for protecting our natural world, and together we will take action.

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Greenpeace back with more boulders as government leaves 97% of protected areas open to destructive bottom trawling

Greenpeace UK - Fri, 2021-02-26 09:11

This follows Greenpeace’s Dogger Bank boulder barrier and will close 55 square nautical miles of Offshore Brighton, one fifth of its total area, to destructive bottom trawling. Celebrities including Thandie Newton, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Paloma Faith, Bella Ramsey, Mark Rylance, Jarvis Cocker and Ranulph Fiennes have signed their names to boulders [1]. 

Images of today’s action are available here.

In response to Greenpeace’s Dogger Bank boulder barrier, the UK government announced new bylaws which would totally close the Dogger Bank and South Dorset protected areas, and partially close two other protected areas, to bottom trawling [2]. This piecemeal approach would still leave 97% of UK offshore protected areas, 74 out of 76, fully or partially open to bottom trawling [3].

Bottom trawlers spent 3099 hours fishing in Offshore Brighton in 2019 [4]. Offshore Brighton was established in 2016 to protect its seabed habitat, which is being destroyed by bottom trawling. According to the government, Offshore Brighton is “unlikely to be moving towards conservation objectives” [5].

The government taking steps to restrict bottom trawling in a handful of protected areas demonstrates some political will, following Brexit, to properly protect the UK’s offshore waters. This was previously difficult because introducing restrictions on fishing operations in offshore UK waters required agreement from other EU member states.

Chris Thorne, an oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said from on board Esperanza:

“Offshore Brighton is the perfect monument to our government’s failure to protect our seas. It exists specifically to protect the seabed, but bottom trawlers spend thousands of hours each year ploughing this sensitive habitat.

“The government’s move to properly protect just two of the UK’s protected areas barely touches the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is needed to save our oceans. All of the UK’s protected areas need real protection, not just a handful. This government is supposed to be showing global leadership on ocean conservation and fighting for 30% of the world’s oceans to be protected, but it can’t even properly protect 30% of our own waters.

“The move to stop bottom trawling in the Dogger Bank proves the UK government can stop destructive industrial fishing if it wants to. The government must show more ambition in a year when it is supposed to display global leadership on solving the climate and nature emergencies. It must urgently ban destructive industrial fishing from all of the UK’s protected areas at sea by restricting fishing vessel licenses.”

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said:

“I’m proud to have had the chance to put my name on one of these boulders. This action will play a small but significant role – and far more than our Government has so far done – to actually protect Offshore Brighton in a pragmatic and effective way. However, this shouldn’t be necessary. Our fervent hope is that our government will now turns words into action, paper parks into real conservation, and properly protects our oceans”

Most of the UK’s protected areas in offshore waters (those more than 12 nautical miles from the coast) were established to protect the seabed. Currently, there are no full bottom trawling bans in any of the UK’s offshore protected areas. Data released by Oceana last year revealed that 97% of the UK’s offshore marine protected areas are being bottom trawled [6].

Greenpeace informed the relevant marine authorities of the coordinates of each boulder to ensure navigational safety for other seafarers. Greenpeace also commissioned an independent scientific agency, BioLaGu, to conduct a Natura 2000 Environmental Impact Assessment to determine the impact of this activity. The assessment concluded the activity would not have a significant impact on the protected features of Offshore Brighton.

Greenpeace’s activity will prevent bottom trawling in part of the Offshore Brighton protected area. Vessels which fish here will still be able to operate elsewhere. It is scientifically proven that fully or highly protected marine areas lead to significant spillover benefits for the wider marine ecosystem [7], helping safeguard and boost fish stocks both within and outside the protected area. A network of fully or highly protected marine areas would help UK fishing communities by ensuring there are healthy oceans, full of fish, for generations to come.

Greenpeace is committed to achieving proper protection for all of the UK’s marine protected areas. A Greenpeace report, Bright Blue Seas, released in August 2020 revealed that the majority of the UK’s offshore marine protected areas are failing to meet conservation targets, and almost every offshore marine protected area has no site condition monitoring in place [8].

Greenpeace is calling on the government to ban bottom trawlers and supertrawlers from fishing in all of the UK’s marine protected areas. Last year, 84 MPs from across Parliament (including 29 Conservative MPs) signed a Greenpeace-coordinated open letter, calling on the Secretary of State George Eustice to ban destructive industrial fishing from UK marine protected areas [9]. 

The UK government should implement this by immediately restricting vessel licenses to operate in protected areas, as opposed to following the slow local bylaw approach being employed for the Dogger Bank, which does not reflect the urgency of the climate and nature emergencies.

Ends.

Photo/video of wildlife in the UK’s seas, and destructive industrial fishing in UK waters, is available hereContact: [email protected] or 07801 212 994 / 020 7865 8255

Notes:

[1] The full list of celebrities who have signed their names to boulders is Mark Rylance, Paloma Faith, Jarvis Cocker, Si King, Bella Ramsey, Thandie Newton, Mya-Rose Craig, Ranulph Fiennes and Robert Plant.

[2] https://consult.defra.gov.uk/mmo/formal-consultation-mmo-mpa-assessments/ 

[3] If the government’s bylaws, currently out for consultation, on closing the Dogger Bank and South Dorset protected areas completely to bottom trawling become law, then it would mean just 2 out of the UK’s 76 offshore protected areas will have completely banned bottom trawling from the whole site. https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/offshore-mpas/ 

There are also bylaws proposed for two further UK offshore protected areas, which would close parts of them to bottom trawling. The West of Scotland protected area also is partially closed to bottom trawling. These partial closures still leave large areas of these protected areas open to bottom trawling, meaning we have included them in our analysis which finds that 74 out of 76 (97%) offshore protected areas are still open to bottom trawling.

[4] According to Global Fishing Watch data analysed by Oceana and shared with Greenpeace UK, bottom trawlers spent 3099 hours fishing in Offshore Brighton in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available. This makes Offshore Brighton the four most heavily bottom trawled protected area set up to protect the seabed. The majority of this fishing time was by UK flagged vessels, with French flagged vessels the second worst offenders. 

[5] https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/offshore-brighton-mpa/ 

[6]https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/09/revealed-97-of-uk-offshore-marine-parks-subject-to-destructive-fishing 

[7] https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fee.2075 

[8] https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/resources/bright-blue-seas-mpa-report/ 

[9]https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/resources/ban-supertrawlers-from-marine-protected-areas/?01 

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BREAKING: Greenpeace blocks destructive fishing with new ‘boulder barrier’ off the coast of Brighton

Greenpeace UK - Fri, 2021-02-26 08:27

Greenpeace has built a new underwater ‘boulder barrier’ about 30 miles off the coast of Sussex.

This barrier will stop destructive fishing in what’s supposed to be a protected part of the ocean. But we’re also here to expose the government’s failure to look after its so-called Marine Protected Areas all around the UK.

Working from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, activists placed granite boulders across 55 square miles of seabed in the Offshore Brighton Marine Protected Area. Work started in secret earlier this week, and the barrier was completed on Thursday.

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These boulders will deter destructive industrial ‘bottom trawlers’ from fishing in that area, because they risk damaging their fishing gear if it comes into contact with the boulders.

We immediately notified the relevant marine authorities (Marine and Coastguard Agency) as to the precise location of the boulders bordering the protected area. This will ensure their positions are accurately recorded on marine charts so other ships can safely navigate the area.

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The biggest little whales

Greenpeace UK - Mon, 2021-02-22 11:57

When we talk about whales, a lot of the words that come to mind describe how big they are: ‘enormous’, ‘huge’, ‘giant’, ‘largest-ever’, ‘leviathans’. We measure them by double-decker bus, multiples of elephants, and comparisons to dinosaurs.

So it might surprise you to learn that some whales which totally different descriptions – like the ‘pygmy blue whales’ which make the Indian Ocean home.

Pygmy blue whales are a tropical subspecies of blue whale, and though they are only a few metres shorter in length, they are often about half of the overall weight of a blue whale in the Antarctic.

The discovery of many subspecies of whales is relatively recent. So many whales, especially big ones like blue whales, were annihilated by commercial whaling in the 19th and 20th Century, that we are only now understanding the full impacts for local populations, species and the ocean as a whole.

It was only when whaling countries came together to form the International Whaling Commission that we began to understand just how many whales were being hunted, and even then there was disagreement on how species were recorded.

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Our transport system treats disabled people as an inconvenience. Here’s what needs to change

Greenpeace UK - Fri, 2021-02-19 10:13

Imagine having to go a mile out of your way to access public transport.

Imagine being unable to use the street next to your house because it’s in such a state of disrepair that it was unsafe.

Or imagine that you were in a wheelchair, and there was a pavement with a dropped curb on one side, but inexplicably, not on the other.

How would you navigate these surroundings? For me, these are everyday experiences, and this is a commonplace question.

Greenpeace local media volunteer Melissa Parker out and about in Manchester. Our unfair transport system forces disabled people to deal with all kinds of barriers on even the most simple journeys. Melissa Parker

Whenever I plan a journey, I have to consider every stop or street, will there be a dropped curb? And if there is, will there be a car on the pavement blocking it?

I am not alone in this. All over the UK, disabled people are limited in their social lives, their choice of work, and access to education and healthcare – all because of our transport system.

Disabled people are taught to adapt to the world around them. It should be the other way around.

These experiences and questions occur so regularly that I had overlooked that there was a problem. Disabled people are taught that they should adapt to their environment; they should accept it. We are trained to consider all of these potential barriers because no one else will.

I was asked once whether I disliked being disabled. I said no, I do not. I simply wish that the world around me would adapt and improve. People with disabilities are overwhelmed with the message that the world was not built for us, and we are taught to be grateful for each adaptation.  We would rather just be ourselves, and we wish we could expect to be treated with humanity.

Our current transport system treats disabled people as an inconvenience.

Many disabled people cannot drive, but trains, buses, and other options can often be impractical to use.

Disabled public transport users report inaccessible services, poor customer service, including abuse and comments about the inconvenience of making accommodations, negative attitudes from drivers, and a lack of up-to-date information. The situation has worsened recently, as people with hidden disabilities are condemned for being unable to wear a mask. Such incidents have become normalised within our society and internalised by disabled people.

But it was not until we all collectively began to do everything Zoom that I truly realised how difficult public transport made our lives. There was no daily commute on a train where I would be hit by baggage as I was placed in the luggage compartment, or negative words from a bus driver who did not want to lower the ramp manually.

Public transport is difficult for everyone, but I wish that disabled people only had to contend with the comparatively mundane obstacles.

Helping the environment and people with disabilities

That’s why the Greenpeace campaign for green transport so inspired me. There is an essential link between green transportation and the need for better accessibility for people with disabilities. Improving public transport can and should benefit both the environment and people with disabilities.

The government says its ambition is for disabled people to have the same access to transport as everyone else by 2030.

However, as many environmental campaigners know, the government’s commitments can’t always be trusted. To make progress, we need to see the enforcement of passenger rights. For example:

  • Improved training to help transport staff understand the needs of disabled people and provide more help.
  • Transport operators providing travel information in formats that all passengers can readily access and understand, before and during a journey.

There should also be more emphasis on improving infrastructure: ensuring that the whole transport system is designed and run so it’s effortless to use for all. Technological advances should provide opportunities for all, and disabled people should be involved from the start in their design.

For the next generation, using public transport shouldn’t be a battle

Greenpeace will continue to demonstrate that environmental justice can make things better for everyone.

I hope we can create green and inclusive transport, so future generations do not have to experience the same physical and attitudinal barriers those with disabilities experience today.

I hope to see a world where future disabled children do not have to learn to adapt to their environment and that they do not have to ask themselves the questions that I have been conditioned to ask as a necessity.

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We asked illustrators and artists to draw the oceans. Here’s what they created – and how you can join in

Greenpeace UK - Thu, 2021-02-18 17:26

The Greenpeace’s #DrawTheOceans challenge is well underway – and we have some amazing submissions from all sorts of artists and illustrators already. 

As it’s World Whale Day this week, the first theme is whales. Love whales? Draw your favourites and share your art on Instagram using the hashtag #DrawTheOceans – for a chance to be featured alongside these artists. Scroll down for a whale drawalong to get you started!

Check back over the coming months for more artworks as they’re added – and more themes to inspire you to draw the magical scenes in our deep blue sea.

Oliver Jeffers

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Charlie Adlard

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Ashton Attzs

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Kristjana Williams

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Veronica Rolands

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Emma Jane

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Friederike Ablang

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Join the global art contest with your own oceans-inspired artwork

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is sailing through the Indian Ocean, to document the threats our oceans face, and put pressure on governments to protect them. 

We need your help on this mission, to flood the internet with artworks of the beautiful and majestic creatures we want to save – from whales, to dugongs, sharks, dolphins and sea turtles.

Whether you’re a confident artist or just love to doodle, join our Draw The Oceans Challenge and post your art on Instagram using the hashtag #DrawTheOceans. 

A selection of the most creative will appear right here on the Greenpeace UK website.

Here’s a draw-along with Jelly Armchair illustrator, Cat Faulkner, to get you started:

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Campaigners call for ‘long overdue’ shakeup of the audit industry for public good 

Greenpeace UK - Thu, 2021-02-18 15:18

A group of civil society organisations and institutions including Greenpeace, IPPR, Spotlight on Corruption and academics from Sheffield University, today called for urgent reform of the audit profession ahead of the publication of a government White Paper. They argued that wide-reaching changes should be implemented as soon as possible to prevent repeated audit failure and protect the interests of shareholders, staff, customers, pensioners, investors and society as a whole.

 

The group supports the separation of audit and consulting functions within professional service firms to reduce conflict of interest and argues that auditors should face stricter penalties, including fines and debarment from public contracts, when they fail to do their job properly. They also stress that companies’ accounts must include information on climate change and that auditors should robustly review this information.

 

Carsten Jung, Senior Economist at the Institute for Public Policy Research said: “Audit firms should play a critical safeguarding role in our economy and society. We all rely on them to ensure businesses act truthfully and stick to rules. In the UK, almost all of the 300 biggest companies are audited by one of four dominant firms – a huge concentration of power. Moreover, the bulk of these firms’ revenues comes from their consultancy work, not their audits – risking dangerous conflicts of interest. When audit fails – as it does in one in three cases – it leads to job losses, millions wiped from pension pots, huge bills for taxpayers and a weakened economy. Only bold regulatory reforms can address the deep-rooted issues with the current system. We look forward to seeing the government’s White Paper and hope it will show that it is serious about fixing the audit landscape.”

 

Susan Hawley, Executive Director at Spotlight on Corruption said: “We should expect the highest standards from auditors – but time and again they have let us down. Just last year, EY failed to report billions of dollars’ worth of cash transactions including the smuggling of gold from Morocco. The High Court in London concluded that EY breached their duties of integrity, objectivity and professionalism. These sorts of failures have enabled kleptocrats, corrupt officials and fraudsters to get away with illegal behaviour at huge social cost, while the Big Four audit firms have consistently escaped any serious consequences. This White Paper must be the start of greater regulation of and accountability for the sector.”

 

Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and director of the Corporate Accountability Network said: “It is good that the government recognises the need for audit reform. But the changes must be more than skin deep: they need to go to the heart of how audit is done and for whom. Companies must be made to report on the issues that matter to most people as employees, pensioners and citizens worried about the future of our planet. Audit did not reveal corruption at Enron. Audit did not reveal that Carillion was effectively insolvent. Audit did not protect the pensioners of BHS. Time and again, auditors have failed us, and without serious reform will continue to do so. We are concerned that the proposals in the White Paper may be too timid to prevent future failures.”

Adam Leaver, Professor in Accounting & Society at Sheffield University said: “The audit industry often claims reform will add cost and bureaucracy and undermine the UK’s comparative advantage. Yet, the mounting costs of audit failure present a compelling economic case for audit reform. The collapse of Thomas Cook and Carillion cost the government £156m and £148m respectively. A more resilient economy needs a joined-up approach that links audit reform to the reform of accounting standards and corporate governance in order to place the principle of capital maintenance at the centre of policy initiatives.”

 

Charlie Kronick, Senior Climate Advisor at Greenpeace said: “Auditors are failing to assess whether companies are adequately accounting for the greatest threat of our time: climate change. If corporate accounts don’t reflect the mounting climate risks, then companies will overestimate their future profitability, and continue to spend on high carbon projects driving the planet past the UN climate goals, as well as destroying shareholder value. BP and Shell’s recent massive write-downs of assets demonstrates the urgency of the UK government mandating that corporate accounts fully reflect climate risk.”

 

Joanne Etherton, Senior Lawyer and Climate Finance Lead at ClientEarth said: “Our research shows that, last year, more than 96% of audit reports for the UK’s top listed firms failed to clearly disclose whether climate had been considered by auditors. This apparent widespread failure by auditors to challenge companies on the risks, impacts and financial implications climate change poses to their business has serious consequences for people and planet. We’re already seeing that the misallocation of capital and sudden write-downs in fossil fuel-related assets are undermining pension fund performance and destabilising communities and economies across the world, while action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is dangerously delayed. All companies urgently need to align their accounts and reporting with net-zero goals, and auditors must check their work.”

 

Each of these organisations will be providing detailed submissions to the White Paper consultation when it is open.

 

ENDS

 

To arrange interviews contact:

  • Florence Stuart-Leach, di:ga Communications, [email protected], 07711565358
  • Kristiana Papi, di:ga Communications, 07572382252

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