Climate change is real

Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Your readers may or may not have been aware of the demonstration in London drawing attention to the problem of climate change.

The first World Climate Conference was held in Geneva in 1979 – over 35 years ago – and still governments and big business do not take this issue seriously enough to do anything about changing the rate at which we burn fossil fuels.

Let’s not be naive about this, climate change is real, it is happening now and is only going to get worse if we continue to stick our heads in the sand and pretend it’s going to go away.

Yes, there are still plenty of people out there who deny that climate change is happening and who choose to ignore the science.

Those with a vested interest in keeping us guzzling coal, gas and oil.

Our government (together with most of the others in the developed world) has wasted years arguing over targets and continually failing to meet pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The big energy corporations are still looking for ways to extract what fossil fuels there are left – the fracking fiasco is a perfect example.

Do we seriously think that these companies and their cronies in most of the mainstream political parties have our interests at heart?

Instead of using more and more fossil fuels, we need to be investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is agreed that a rise in global temperatures of more than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century (and this could happen) will result in the melting of the Polar ice sheets and a rise in sea levels of up to seven metres.

It doesn’t take much imagination to picture how this will affect low-lying areas such as Fenland.

I will be voting Green on May 7.

They are the only mainstream political party who want a complete ban on all UK fracking operations and instead of subsidising the fossil fuel companies they want to redirect those subsidies to fund energy efficiency measures and community-owned renewable energy initiatives.

If you are concerned about what kind of planet your children and grandchildren will inherit, I urge you to vote Green on May 7.

Jane Feaviour-Clarke,

Elm.

CARE OF ELDERLY

In praise of this home

My mother, Jean, very recently lost a long struggle with dementia having spent the last four-and-a-bit years in Manton House Care Home in King’s Lynn.

There has recently been significant bad press in relation to care homes and, in particular, the care of the elderly with dementia.

Thankfully, bad care homes are extremely rare and after becoming a regular visitor to Manton House, I have the utmost praise for the work that is done there – and in many other similar establishments. Please allow me, on behalf of my family, to use your publication as a way of expressing our sincere thanks to all the staff at Manton House.

I cannot praise them highly enough for looking after their residents with utmost compassion and care and for remaining good humoured, generous and sensitive to the many varying needs of the unfortunate folk who suffer from such a dreadful illness.

There are certain jobs which most people just cannot do, but despite this, their residents are all made to feel extremely welcome and very quickly become part of the loving family who live and work at Manton House.

Some residents are, quite clearly, a huge challenge to the staff, but regardless of their physical and/or mental disabilities, all residents are treated with total respect and dignity and, in the case of my mother, spent her final years in a happy and peaceful environment.

Thank you Manton House for everything you did for Jean.

We are truly grateful.

Jill Buxton,

Walpole Cross Keys.

WOMEN’S PAY

Worse off

Women’s average wages are more than £20 a week worse off in real terms than they were in 2008. Those working part-time earn 38% less an hour than their male counterparts.

Forty five years have passed since the Equal Pay Act – showing that legislation is not enough to bring about equal pay.

Low pensions and low pay also mean nearly 500,000 women are forced to work past 65 years.

A new Trades Union Congress study reports that women and their families are facing “the worst squeeze on real income since Victorian times”.

Zero-hour contracts are increasing year-on-year and over half of these jobs are done by women.

Trade union action is needed to increase rights for all workers, especially women, including access to flexible working, a living pension, free childcare, a £10 an hour minimum wage and a shorter working week to 35-hours, with no loss of pay.

John Smithee,

Member, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition,

Wisbech.