The UK’s biggest emitters should be made to pay carbon taxes – with the funds raised going towards efforts to tackle the climate and nature crises, a “citizens’ climate jury” has said. A panel of 23 people from Tees Valley and County Durham were asked to take part in the first of four citizens’ climate juries which are to be held across the UK. The group, which ranged in age from 16 to 75 and covered a spectrum of occupations, came up with 32 recommendations for how both the UK and their local area should tackle the climate crisis “in a way that is fair for everyone”. In addition to backing the introduction of a carbon tax for the UK’s biggest polluters, the jury also said that the UK should introduce a national nature service and more scholarships to help people get into “green jobs”.
Independent 16th Feb 2021 read more »