The UK must tell the truth about the “terrifying and exacting” scale of the challenge the world faces to avoid climate breakdown as it prepares to host a make or break summit of world leaders later this year, Ed Miliband has warned. “A cosy consensus” between politicians, policymakers and some NGOs, focusing on long-term net zero targets rather than short-term action, could prove disastrous, he said. Instead, Boris Johnson’s government must focus on persuading countries to implement immediate far-reaching reductions in emissions and throw everything at making the conference in Glasgow in November a success, including enlisting the help of former prime ministers like Theresa May and Gordon Brown. Miliband said: “We have a special responsibility as hosts and we are not living up to these responsibilities. I feel like it might be a key priority for the prime minister in a rhetorical sense to show he’s ‘green’. But that is not the point of this conference.” For the remaining eight months Miliband said the focus should be on four things; telling the truth about the scale of the challenge and the need for more immediate emissions reductions; promoting a global green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and highlighting how it makes economic, social and environmental sense; securing hundreds of billions of pounds of support for developing nations; and a renewed diplomatic effort led by Johnson but also using other former political heavyweights and prime ministers from Gordon Brown to Theresa May.
Guardian 29th March 2021 read more »