One of Oxford’s main roads played host not to evening rush hour but instead to a flotilla of boats and children out for a paddle in the flood waters on Monday.
Local residents of all ages motivated by yet another flood in the area came together to ask “Can we talk about climate change now?”
Oxford, like many areas of the country, is suffering the second serious flooding of 2014, with dozens of house holders being affected, commuters facing major delays and businesses suffering.
These are flooding levels that were supposed to only ever happen once in every 100 years – but this is the fourth time in six years!
The flash (flood) mob was stimulated by local people asking why if flooding is all over the news why isn’t the issue of climate change?
The irony is that in my daily work I help people engage with the issues of climate change but for the second time this year my wife and two young kids have been forced from our home. We packed all we could take into our car and now hopping between friend’s houses.
The whole community is talking about how these are the worst floods ever and how they are becoming more frequent and intense. Having these conversations motivated me to organise the flash mob because so many people were drawing the connection between the floods and climate change but it felt like politicians and the media weren’t.
Whilst no one extreme weather event can directly be linked to climate change the patterns we are experiencing of more and worse severe weather certainly does. We need to break the climate silence and ensure planners, policy makers and politicians do the same.
Climate Outreach recently released a report on Climate Silence
written by Jamie Clarke