Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to come up with an ambitious decarbonisation plan ahead of COP26 next year, with a major coalition of health professionals, academics, faith and youth leaders today joining calls from Conservative MPs and former world leaders for UK to demonstrate strong climate leadership in the run up to the critical UN summit. In a series of letters to the Prime Minister today, various groups representing millions of people in the UK and overseas urge the government to deliver a “world-leading” climate plan to the UN in support of the Paris Agreement “as early as possible this year” or well ahead of COP26 in November 2021. Such a plan – or Nationally-Determined Contribution (NDC) in UN jargon – should “at the very least” aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5C by the end of the century and the UK’s 2050 net zero target, and should be achieved entirely through domestic action without the use of international carbon credits, according to the letter from faith groups.
Business Green 28th Oct 2020 read more »
The Prime Minister is facing mounting pressure from doctors, academics, religious leaders, young activists and politicians – past and present – to produce a fresh climate plan for the UK within weeks. A flurry of letters to Boris Johnson this week all urge the UK to produce fresh 2030 emissions strategy as soon as possible. They warn diplomatic efforts to squeeze more climate ambition out of other nations before a major summit next year rests on the UK setting a world-leading example. Academics from a coalition of UK universities have written to Mr Johnson this week calling for a “highly ambitious” plan to deliver deep emissions cuts by 2030. A similar letter has also been sent by a coalition of Royal Colleges, which represent doctors and nurses, to the Business Secretary Alok Sharma. That calls on the Government to announce a 2030 climate plan “as soon as possible in order to catalyse increased ambition from other countries and maintain momentum”.
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Despite Boris Johnson’s repeated claims the UK will respond to the coronavirus crisis by “building back better”, the government is coming under increasing pressure to set out ambitious new climate plans. A series of letters from across the political and social spectrum signed by various groups of health professionals, campaigners, MPs, and academics, are all calling on the government to take action to fight the climate crisis ahead of the UK-UN climate summit on 12 December. The summit will mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris agreement, and comes amid increasing evidence the world is not on course to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
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