The current Climate Assembly UK is deliberating on a red herring – participants should be deciding not just how, but how quickly, we need to act, say a group of scientists, MPs and campaigners. Climate Assembly UK, which enters its third weekend this Friday, is breaking new ground in British democracy. Participants from all walks of life are discussing how the UK will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Citizens’ assemblies can be transformative. They have been used to great effect in countries such as Ireland, where they paved the way for historic referendums on same-sex marriage and abortion. But while we support the idea of Climate Assembly UK, at its heart is an inconvenient truth: 2050 is too late. The government’s target takes a casual approach to the emergency. But the enemy is at the gates. From flooding in Britain to record-breaking fires in the Amazon and Australia, the dramatic shift in the planet’s climate is already taking its toll.
Guardian 27th Feb 2020 read more »