What Sport Aid can teach us about dealing with climate change doom

What difference does changing your lifestyle actually make in the grand scheme of things? Why do anything, if we’re all doomed anyway?”

In a recent survey, 10,000 young people were asked about climate change. 75% said the future of the world was frightening, while more than 50% said they thought humanity was doomed.

Feelings of shame, fear, anger, guilt and frustration have even been given a name: climate anxiety. And it’s on the rise.

‘Do something – even if it’s small’, is a call-to-action that just doesn’t connect with most of us. 

‘What’s the point, if i’m the only one doing it?’

But, on May 25th 1986, before the internet, social media and mobile phones, millions of people around the world, who felt similar feelings of shame, anger, guilt and frustration...

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‘I care about the climate but my dad works in the oil industry’

Stephanie is concerned about the impact burning fossil fuels has on climate change. But her dad Andrew is a senior employee at BP and worked in the oil industry for more than 20 years.

The 13-year-old from Surrey questions: “Does this mean he doesn’t care about my future? Does this mean by default that I don’t care about the planet?”

Climate change is a hot topic at home. While Stephanie worries about the Earth’s future, she hopes BP’s sustainability commitments could make her dad part of the solution.

You can find stories by other young people on the BBC Young Reporter website.

With thanks to the Gaia art installation by Luke Jerram and Creative Barking and Dagenham.

Video by Jamie Moreland

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av-embeds/58522466

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Video 6 in my series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World.

It was May 24th, the day before the Race Against Time. Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Concorde – quite a day. Then, Geldof saying he wasn’t coming!!!

Extracts from “I RAN THE WORLD” by Chris Long

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Video 5 in my series to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World.

The Race Against Time was getting closer and my stress levels were getting higher. Extracts from ‘I Ran The World’ by Chris Long.

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VIDEO 4 IN SERIES TO COMMEMORATE THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPORT AID AND RUN THE WORLD

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Video 3 in series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid and Run the World

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Video 2 in series to commemorate the 35th anniversary of sport aid and Run the World

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35 Years Ago

On May 25th, 35 years ago, 20 million people in 89 countries took to their streets to run 10k in protest and to demand action for the famine victims of Africa.

Chris Long, the founder and organiser of sport Aid and Run the World wants us to remember what happened back then – before the internet, social media and mobile phones – and ask ourselves what we should and could do now, in a world that should seek change more than ever.

This week, as a special celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sport Aid, Chris is reading extracts from his book – ‘I Ran the World’ in a series of 7 videos, to help remember what is possible.

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I RAN THE WORLD

It was September 2015 and it was my birthday. I was 61 years old and when I looked in the mirror my dear old Dad looked back at me. I turned on the BBC news and something incredible happened. On the screen was a heart-breaking photograph of a dead three-year-old boy. His body had been washed up on a beach in Turkey. 

“Aylan Kurdi and his five-year-old brother, Galip, drowned after their overloaded boat capsized off of the coast of Turkey.” 

Aylan’s body had been discovered on one of Turkey’s beaches in the Bodrum Peninsula. Images of the ghastly find, photographed by Nilufer Demir from Turkey’s Dogan News Agency, had been shared on social media and on the front pages of newspapers around the world, particularly in the UK and Europe.

The image of a distressed Turki...

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What to do in 2021 to help save the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a global health and societal emergency that continues to demand effective immediate action by governments, individuals and businesses.

Press attention has been unprecedented.

The reaction of governments unprecedented.

The response has been dramatically different to anything provoked by repeated scientific warnings about climate change. The many organisations that declared climate emergencies throughout 2019 and 2020 have so far done nothing on the scale and speed of action to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Ironically, action on COVID-19 has lowered CO₂ emissions drastically, with flights suspended and factories closed in many parts of the world.

The big question now is how do we continue the environmental benefits once the COVID-19 epide...

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