Boris Johnson is refusing to take part in the first ever election leader’s debate focusing on the climate crisis, with Channel 4 threatening to leave an empty chair if the prime minister does not attend. The broadcaster said Mr Johnson had yet to respond to a request to attend the hour-long Emergency On Planet Earth debate on Thursday. It came hours after the UN published a report warning that countries would need to increase their carbon-cutting efforts five fold to avoid climate chaos.
Independent 26th Nov 2019 read more »
Commenting on the main political parties’ manifestos, Tom Burke, chairman of environmental thinktank E3G, told Bio Market Insights: “Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are all giving powerful expression to rapidly rising public anxiety about the climate. That anxiety is being driven by the rising number and impact of extreme weather events just as predicted by climate scientists. Experience is now validating the science and therefore generating real pressure on politicians to act. “Climate change is now acting as a locomotive pulling a train load of other environmental issues further up the political agenda particularly among highly connected millennials. The whole environmental agenda is now becoming a battle ground over which the parties are fighting to capture increasingly energised younger voters. “It is now clear that the technological and economic obstacles to keeping the climate safe can be overcome but we have barely begun to think through overcoming the political obstacles to decarbonising the economy.”
Tom Burke 25th Nov 2019 read more »
The political statements issued by the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems and even the Green Party almost entirely ignore solar power amid a welter of vague ambitions ahead of the December vote. The increasingly obvious effects of climate change have clearly entered the consciousness of voters, though – the net zero commitment even got as high as page 55 of the Conservatives’ 62-page document.
PV Magazine 26th Nov 2019 read more »