The Peoples Climate Change March London 21/09/2014
Our story is one of floodwater carrying toxic landfill gas that kills, our quest for answers, and to protect communities at risk. Suffice to say 4 in 5 of us live within a kilometre of landfill and this fact coupled with wetter weather and floods has revealed yet another impact of Climate Change. We believe nobody should suffer the death of a loved one or maiming of family members as we have.
Shockingly though the death of our son when floodwater that had passed through landfill carried Hydrogen Cyanide gas into our home, agencies positioned to protect us put up walls of silence and misdirection. The story of this social injustice is a stain on the UK agencies with a duty to defend and protect our children. Hydrogen Cyanide gas was called Cyclon B in the 2nd world war, it was used in the death camps to gas and kill people. I don’t mind telling you, as bereaved parents, the loss of our son has been an unbearable living nightmare, and we are unable to live in our home because toxic gas pathways remain and the house is unsafe.
Those attending the London march were appalled by what had happened and want to help reveal the truth and protect communities at risk. We now have over 12,500 people signed up to the 38 Degree campaign. We need 100,000 sign ups and welcome others, and all people to go to www.truthaboutzane.com and click petition.
We would like to thank Avaaz; our hosts, for an inspiring day for the 40,000 people that marched peacefully in the afternoon sun, there were many powerful messages communicated by celebrities, campaigners, the public and organisations alike. Some key issues we were able to share included key numbers:
1 One - The priority placed by Ban Ki Moon and the UN on addressing the most serious issue of our time Climate Change
2 19 – The percentage of GDP needed to protect the public from Climate Change events by 2030
3 24 – The number of hours after Zane died the British Prime Minister acknowledged and conceded Climate Change is real cause of the UK flooding
4 4.5 Billion – The 2014 insurance cost of flooding, the cost of prevention infrastructure a quarter of the cost
It was certainly an emotional day, but also very rewarding. Nicole and I commented that it was great to see the many children present, and how Zane would have been in his element chatting, learning, and making friends as he helped do the right thing for a common good.
During the march Nicole and I were asked several times what message we want to convey to our politicians, the answers we gave we have provided many times, ‘Listen to the people’s voices and serve the public that elected you, and always remember, you are what you do, not what you say. It’s time for action on Climate Change, and its time to build sustainable global economies.
As my beautiful son would know and say ‘The future depends on what we do in the present’ (Ghandi)
Love and Peace
Kye and Nicole
Find out more about Zane and the campaign to protect communities from floodwater carring Groundfill gas go to www.truthaboutzane.com