Britain must be candid on the scale of its climate challenge. Say what you like about climate campaigners Extinction Rebellion, but no one could accuse them of playing down the cost of what they would like to achieve. Compare that brutal honesty with the proposals from the CCC which commends less bracing but still far reaching programme to reach net zero. There for is hardly a hint of the need for compulsion. The cost too looks trivial. A mere 1-2 per cent of GDP for replacing all those cars and heating systems. You do not have to subscribe to the XRs six year climate blitzkrieg to think the CCC might have benefited from the XRs brutal candour.
FT 5th May 2019 read more »
In the quagmire of Brexit there is little to commend the UK government’s approach. This is in stark contrast with its clarity and leadership on climate change. It is the first national parliament to declare an “environmental and climate emergency”. It has not only committed to “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the climate change committee in Westminster has set out how this can be achieved. Net zero means, in effect, eliminating its carbon footprint in a dramatically transformed economy built on sustainability with a near absence of fossil fuels. Ireland has some way to go before it could commit to such a course, but a Government report due in the coming weeks must show a similar level of intent, and include a roadmap to reduce the shocking levels of Irish emissions. Declaring an emergency may seem like tokenism but it injects urgency into consideration of the best course to take. Wicklow County Council was the first Irish local authority to declare a “biodiversity and climate change emergency”. The Government should endorse a similar vote in our national parliament and introduce binding legislation on revised targets.
Irish Times 6th May 2019 read more »
Wicklow County Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to declare “a biodiversity and climate-change emergency”, recognising the need to respond more urgently to the threat of climate breakdown and the global decline of species. The unanimous decision was taken this week by councillors after they were briefed by local students who participated in recent school strikes for climate action. It coincides with similar declarations made in the UK, Scottish and Welsh parliaments – and by cities such as London and Manchester.
Irish Times 2nd May 2019 read more »