What is more eco-friendly, British beef or avocados? How do we ensure that the costs of tackling climate change do not affect the poor disproportionately? Is the government listening to the science or just paying it lip service? These were some of the burning questions that members of the British public asked environmental experts on Saturday, at the country’s first citizen’s assembly for climate change in the city of Birmingham. On the 16th floor of the Park Regis hotel, in a glass-panelled room overlooking six lanes of motorway traffic, 110 citizens gathered for the first of four sessions in which they hope to thrash out solutions for reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 — a goal that the government enshrined in law last year.
FT 25th Jan 2020 read more »
Sir David Attenborough has warned that fixed-term parliaments could result in “short-sighted” action on climate change. The broadcaster was speaking at the first UK-wide citizens’ assembly on climate change. He said he fears the standard five-year term for governments mean ministers are unlikely to make the long-term plans needed to tackle environmental issues and so could delay hitting the target of zero emissions. Sir David said: “If you have a parliament that is of a fixed length of five years, it’s very difficult to persuade politicians that they should give money and time and attention and worry about an issue which is not going to come to a climax – and people won’t know if it is successful or not successful – for 10 years hence, 15 years hence.”
Independent 26th Jan 2020 read more »