The full version of the so-called Green New Deal bill has been released by Green MP Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Clive Lewis as climate strikes continue across the UK. The bill, which was originally presented earlier in a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons in March, aims to create a “transformative programme driven by the principles of justice and equity”, Lucas told the Guardian. The bill includes the establishment of a Green New Deal Commission, alongside specific policies such as zero-carbon social housing, active travel, peatland restoration, reducing air travel and reducing the carbon impact of consumer goods and foods. It said the Green New Deal ‘must promote’ reforestation and rewilding, improving air quality, green spaces, biodiversity, reduce pesticides and the transition away from agrochemicals. Additionally, there must be a strong economic objective with the promotion of employment associated with decarbonisation, apprenticeships, public and municipal enterprises, co-operatives and supporting those most affected by the transition to the zero-carbon economy.
Edie 20th Sept 2019 read more »
The findings suggest that taking action to reduce global warming over the next few decades is expected to cost much less than the damage it will otherwise cause to people, infrastructure and ecosystems. Researchers from around the world are now calling on world leaders to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change and said “it is a matter of life and death for people everywhere.” They urged world leaders to accelerate their efforts and said reducing the magnitude of climate change is also a good investment. Calls for investment are even more compelling given the wealth of evidence that the impacts of climate change are happening faster and more extensively than projected, even just a few years ago. Study lead author Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, of the University of Queensland in Australia, said: “Almost every aspect of the planet’s environment and ecology is undergoing changes in response to climate change, some of which will be profound if not catastrophic in the future. “Acting on climate change has a good return on investment when one considers the damages avoided by acting.”
Scotsman 22nd Sept 2019 read more »