They just can’t wait can they? They’re on the starting blocks waiting for the first warm spell of summer to arrive so they can warn us about the dangers of climate change induced heatwaves and how we should prepare for the upcoming taster of Thermageddon. It’s getting beyond a joke now. Not funny. Seriously narking. Even before any ‘record-breaking’ hot weather arrives, the Con wheels out their go to ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Communication’ expert to tell us ‘5 things we should do to prepare for the next heatwave’
The 2018 summer heatwave in the UK broke records – and it won’t be the last spell of such severe heat. In fact, climate change means that hot summers which would once occur twice a century may soon occur twice a decade. As the population grows and ages, this will lead to more premature heat-related deaths and place extra strain on physical and mental health services.
Previous research on resilience to heatwaves, such as the recent report by parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee, a cross-party group of MPs, has focused predominantly on policy, regulation and infrastructure. Such research barely addresses behavioural or social responses that occur during hot weather events and how these can contribute to building resilience.
This is what my own work looks at. In a new book I explore these ideas and assessed how to improve resilience to climate change through communication, collaboration and co-production. So what can the UK do to be better prepared for heatwaves in future?
Get lost; seriously, go away with extreme prejudice. Bore off. We can no longer be left to enjoy decent summer weather in this country without climate zealots preaching to us from the pulpit about how we should mend our ways. It won’t bloody last. I bet it goes pear-shaped by July and coming summers will probably be wetter and more miserable – and that will be the fault of our SUVs too.