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Humanists launch Humanist Climate Action with call to plant trees

Humanist Climate Action is a volunteer-led network of Humanists UK members and supporters who want to take action on climate change.

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Humanists UK members and supporters have come together to announce Humanist Climate Action (HCA), a new volunteer-led network that will ensure that the non-religious have a voice in the major environmental debates that define our time – ‘for the one planet we have’. It will campaign for environmentally-friendly policies and encourage humanists everywhere to adopt greener lifestyles, following the best available scientific evidence. As its first action, the HCA is encouraging humanists to plant trees and share a video or photo by Earth Day on 22 April.

The tree each person plants could be a mighty Oak in a field or a small Bonsai in a pot. The point is to get as many humanists as possible planting. This will be followed by a formal launch event in May, where HCA will share the videos and photos. With Covid-19 restrictions in place, HCA has produced some guidance on how people can still be involved in tree-planting safely in their area, as well as on how best to plant a tree.

Humanists, by definition, are guided by reason and science and recognise a moral duty towards the welfare of our fellow beings and the natural world. This leads many humanists to believe they have a duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure and sustainable manner.

Humanist Climate Action’s Chair Phil Walder commented, ‘Humanist Climate Action is a volunteer-run network that focuses on campaigning for meaningful change to protect our environment and prevent the devastating consequences of climate change. It will not only develop humanist environmental activists but provide the evidence and advice needed to help humanists adopt more sustainable lifestyles –  for the one planet we have.’


For further comment or information, please contact Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson at or phone 020 7324 3072 or 07534 248 596.

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