I asked the five candidates about climate in the TV debate. None has a clear plan. Last night I asked the five candidates vying to be our next prime minister whether they would commit to taking the radical and drastic action necessary to tackle climate change. You may have realised from my reaction to the answers they gave that I was not impressed.
Guardian 19th June 2019 read more »
The Glasgow schoolgirl who became an overnight sensation as she blasted the Tory leadership candidates on live television was inspired by 16-year-old campaigner Greta Thunberg and other climate strikers around the world. Southsider Erin Goodheir Curtis – whose live contribution lit up the live BBC debate on Tuesday night – was unimpressed by a string of chuckles and “non-committal” statements on the environment from the hopefuls for Number 10 – Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Michael Gove and Rory Stewart. The impressive 15-year-old climate striker appeared on the programme to quiz the contenders on meeting a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2025 – widely set by environmental campaigners. However, she articulately told all five men they did not come close to offering the “drastic change” needed to tackle the impending climate emergency. “Erin for prime minister” was soon trending on Twitter following the teen’s sparkling contribution, but while the activist says she’s not Glasgow’s Greta yet, she has used her new-found profile to again call for more pressure on those in power to answer to questions on the world’s most pressing emergency. Erin said: “Greta is very inspirational to all of us, she is a bit of an icon really. I can’t quite live up to that, but it is great to see countless people supporting me.
Herald 20th June 2019 read more »
Almost 70 per cent of British people want urgent political action to tackle climate change and protect the environment, a poll suggests. The government has proposed legislation to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. But 69 per cent of people questioned by researchers for Greener UK and the Climate Coalition said they wanted to see this happen faster. Of the 2,000 people quizzed in the Opinium survey, three-quarters said they were concerned about climate change, while 71 per cent want their MP to back ambitious plans to protect nature and curb rising temperatures. The issues have risen up the agenda amid increasing scientific warnings about climate change and species going extinct, the poll suggests.
Independent 19th June 2019 read more »
Edie 19th June 2019 read more »
Local planning authorities do not have the policies, power, or funding to meet the demands of the UK’s new net zero emissions target. That is the stark warning delivered by Ian Tant, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which yesterday launched a new campaign calling on the government to step up support for local planners so they can start to build the carbon neutral infrastructure the UK will need by 2050. Among the list of demands include the re-introduction of the scrapped zero carbon homes standard, more investment in green heat and sustainable transport systems across the country, and more money to help local authorities to plan for a net zero future. The RTPI’s campaign, dubbed ‘Resource Planning for Climate Action’, calls on the government to develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans, embed climate mitigation as a “vital component” of planning and infrastructure policy, and give local authorities the power and resources to lead climate change mitigation efforts at a local level. The RTPI’s concerns also echo those raised earlier this year in a report by the think tank Localis, which argued the UK needs a ‘devolution revolution’ in the way it handles the development of low-carbon towns and cities. It urged the government to allow local authorities to drive forward their own clean energy policies and accelerate the adoption of EVs and other forms of smart infrastructure.
Business Green 20th June 2019 read more »