Historically, the UK has contributed some of the highest levels of carbon emissions in the world. The UK and the rest of the Global North has hugely profited from extracting resources, destroying ecosystems, and displacing people as part of the colonial system. Many of our current structures were built on the legacies of this exploitation, including our banks, land ownership, migration policies, and political structures.
Climate impacts in the UK manifests along the same fault lines as on a global scale; race, socio- economic class, gender, sexuality and disability all factor into the likelihood of being exposed to toxic air pollution; to live near waste incinerators and wastewater plants; to have more or less access to nature and fresh food; to live in fuel poverty; and to access the tools we need to sustain our health and wellbeing.
This Toolkit section includes resources from artists and organisations in the UK, highlighting the UK’s historical and modern climate impacts.
– Image credit: performance from Drill Minister – Season for Change