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Are you sitting comfortably?

  Well that was a bit awkward. Organisers of #climatestrike NZ reckon that about 170,000 people turned out nationwide for the events of 27 th September 2019. That's about 4.25% of the population. For the climate strike at the Cambridge town hall on that date, attendance peaked at 24, and I'd like to congratulate and commend every one of them. It is, however, about 0.12% of the population of Cambridge, which is less than the national turnout by a factor of about 35. Do we, in Cambridge, really care that much less than the rest of the country about climate change? Probably not; that would be an absurd claim to make. It does suggest though, that we in Cambridge do not feel comfortable addressing the issues. Anecdotally speaking, I have met a few people over the last month, some prominent in the community, some not so, who have surprised me with the things they have said with a straight face: "So, this Greta Thunberg, who's manipulating her?" - You assume