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Sting sends an SOS to the world

Share this exclusive warning sent by “Message in a Bottle” star ahead of COP26.

More than 40 years after his hit single with Police, Sting has recorded a powerful message of support for climate activists who share his Tyneside roots.

This exclusive recording from him uses his words and music to convey his concern to political leaders for “us, our children and for the planet”. It was in response to an approach from CAN member Jacky, who knew him back in the 70s.

Since “Message in a Bottle” was first released 40 years ago, the planet has warmed significantly:

  • The seven years to 2020 have been the hottest on record, with 2020 and 2016 the hottest of all

  • The world has grown hotter at a rate of nearly 0.2° C (0.36° F) per decade over the past 40 years

  • Annual global temperature from 2000 to 2009 was 0.61° C (1.1° F) higher than average temperature for 1951 to 1980.

  • If current rate of increase continues, the world will warm by 2° C (3.6° F) over the next century – above the upper limit of 1.5° C agreed by scientists and political leaders to be dangerous to exceed

A NASA spokesman said: “The last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record, typifying the ongoing and dramatic warming trend. With these trends, and as the human impact on the climate increases, we have to expect that records will continue to be broken.” July 2021 was officially the hottest month since records began 142 years ago.

This important message from Sting is released while the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is ongoing, where world leaders are assembling to take action against climate change. Countries from all over the globe are being asked to work together in face of the climate emergency and come forward with ambitious 2030 emission reduction targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century.

Here at Climate Action Newcastle we look forward to learning the outcomes agreed upon at COP26 and will be sharing updates throughout the next two weeks while the conference is ongoing.


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Mark W
Mark W
Nov 04, 2021

Does anyone know what the telephone number is for the Emergency Services whom specialise in saving planets? It definitely isn't the telephone number associated with any political leaders. All they do is Blah Blah Blah ... when are we going to see real action, real change? The world is on fire and the 'Emergency Services' are sitting in a room having a chinwag and a cup of tea, beating their chests about all the things they promise to do, refusing to look out of the window and see the fire burning and going to put the damn thing out! Sending out an SOS ... but to who? Who will listen? Who will act? THE PEOPLE! It's up to all of…

Paul Miskin
Paul Miskin
Nov 06, 2021
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Absolutely. This is for the people. The covid zombies have been receiving instructions daily and have forgotten that it is up to us to TELL politicians what to do not the other way round. The multimillionaires can give their money instead of their self promoting messages.

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