This is the 13-point plan we need to see put into action at Cop26. With just over four months until the crucial climate summit Cop26 in Glasgow, this is what the UK should propose if it takes the UN’s climate warning seriously. The main action point was an agreement to end most of the G7’s public funding for coal projects, but that doesn’t include coal funding from private-sector banks. And while the leaders welcomed the landmark International Energy Agency (IEA) report on net zero 2050, they ignored its call for an immediate global moratorium on all new oil and gas-supply investments. 1. Agree a target of net zero 2030, rather than that of 2050 endorsed by the oil corporations. 2. Impose a global moratorium on the destruction of all old-growth rainforests, mangrove swamps and peatlands by the end of 2021. 3. Implement the UN call for 20 per cent of government transport budgets to be invested in active travel by 2025. 4. Halt all ocean-floor trawling by the end of 2022. 5. Agree an international frequent-flyer tax. 6. Impose an emergency pause for the cruise-ship industry, until alternative fuels such green hydrogen are developed. 7. Adopt a zero-waste, zero-incineration, circular global economy by 2030. 8. Set a target for land-based transport, as well as electric power and heating, to transition to fully renewable electricity by 2030. 9. Commit to government support for the voluntary switch to a largely plant-based diet by 2030. 10. Guarantee access to education, family planning and economic empowerment as a human right for all women. 11. Agree a global ban on the advertising and promotion of high-carbon industries. 12. Agree a climate version of the Tobin Tax on all stock and currency market transactions, with the proceeds to be hypothecated to a UN fund to provide literally trillions of dollars for the global south, to deal with the unfolding impacts of the climate crisis. 13. Instruct central banks to impose the IEA moratorium on all investments in new fossil-fuel infrastructure by the end of 2021.
Independent 20th June 2021 read more »
The head of climate change at the UN has warned that world leaders are still “far away” from securing a deal to limit the disastrous effects of global heating, with less than five months to go before a key summit in Glasgow. Time is now running out, said Patricia Espinosa, who was formerly foreign minister of Mexico but now leads the UN on climate policy. She told the Observer that although advances had been made at the G7 meeting in Cornwall last weekend, progress had not been made on honouring past commitments to find $100bn (£72.5bn) a year to help developing countries invest in green technologies.
Guardian 20th June 2021 read more »