Why take action?

Climate change is caused by human activities and is threatening the way we live and the future of our planet. By addressing climate change, we can build a sustainable world for everyone. ​

But we need to act now.  ​​

We need to significantly reduce our carbon emissions over the next ten years to prevent global temperatures rising by more than 1.5 degrees.  If we don’t, there will be serious consequences for people, nature and the planet.​

The UK has seen major flooding nearly every year since 2007.  We are experiencing higher temperatures and more extreme weather events.  ​It isn’t just the UK that has been affected, severe weather and rising sea levels are also impacting people across the world with flooding in the Philippines, deserts spreading in Africa and wildfires in Australia and the USA. 

​Climate change is impacting more on the poor and vulnerable.  For example, in the UK more older people are dying due to extreme heat and colder winters.  Poorer people can’t afford to protect their homes from flooding and are struggling to pay their heating bills.  As the impacts of climate change increase, more vulnerable communities will struggle.  Changes to the weather will affect farming, causing food prices to rise. Colder weather means bigger energy bills which will make life that much harder for people with less income.  ​

​We need to act now to protect the futures of our children and grand-children.  We all need to do our bit.​

Still not convinced, or want to learn more about the climate emergency?

I want you to act as if your house is on fire. Because it is.

Greta Thunberg

3 thoughts on “Why take action?

  1. Comment about content – I suggest you lead with the impact on the UK not overseas. It needs to be and feel local because it is. What about: this is how it’s affecting us now in the UK and in our region and this is how we think it will affect us in the future. It will be difficult for us but even more difficult in other places around the world (with examples). We can do something about it but we need to act now. And this is what we can each do…link to action. Think this could just be existing text with overseas text at the end or after para 3: ‘And this is just the UK. Severe weather and rising sea levels are affecting people across the world such as flooding in the Philippines, deserts spreading in Africa and wildfires in Australia and the USA.’

    Comment about photos – these may be just for illustration but it’d be great to have recognisably north east photos eg floods in Morpeth, people taking action eg Newcastle/regional climate change protest (2019?), VCSE already doing things differently eg adoption of renewables, growing projects, building projects, etc. If we had these, it’d be great for them to bigger as currently a bit mean looking

    Comment about buttons: feel a bit small

    Comment about quote: put at the top or in the middle?

    Comment about footer: it might just be my personal preference but what about having a distinction between it and the page content, whether a line or the footer block with a coloured background.

    Comment about header: using the logo and the name says it all twice – the logo is clear enough to just use on its own, maybe…?

    This is great to see and great you’re requesting feedback like this!


  2. Hi – great that you are asking for feedback. Looks a good start.
    The layout feels disjointed on the home page -on my laptop it’s coming out at different widths (some full page others not) – looks a bit odd.
    Do you imagine most folk using on a laptop or on a tablet – reason for asking is quite a lot of the critical items are “below the fold” on a laptop, I think the data is that sites viewed on a laptop users are less likely to scroll down than on a tablet.
    Agree with earlier comment about using imagery to make distinctively NE – image of vindolandia?
    Font size of top RH buttons on home page feels small?
    Would you want a section eventually on links to related organisations / useful information?
    great start !


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