by Steff on 8 August, 2019
Looking out across Norfolk it can be hard to appreciate the reality and urgency of the climate emergency facing our planet. But the devastating effects are being felt all over the world and will reach us in our lifetimes.
In response to Extinction Rebellion protests at County Hall, the County Council has set up a Task and Finish Group to look at what can be done. I am the Lib Dem rep on the group, and I’m keen to know what you think the County Council should be doing differently to tackle the problem.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report in October last year made it very clear that in the next 12 years we need radically to decrease the 38.2 billion tonnes of CO2 that is released into the air annually from fossil fuel burning. And if we fail, we risk unleashing a crescendo of deadly storms, floods and droughts. Hundreds of millions of people will be pushed into poverty and thousands of species will become extinct. And despite all the coverage of this issue, we are still going in the wrong direction. Action is being taken, but globally we are careering towards this 12 year make or break point with our carbon omissions going up, not down.
It is also absolutely clear what measures need to be taken to stand a chance of averting this widely-agreed crisis.
Nobody is coming to save us from climate change. We need to save ourselves. Eat less meat. Travel less. Have fewer children. Spend the money that’s needed on green energy. We know what we need to do.
Johanna Haque, Professor of Atmospheric Physics at London’s Imperial College and IPCC Report contributor.
The Extinction Rebellion protestors have published a clear list of what the County Council needs to do differently. The big question is: will the Tories who are in charge listen and do the right thing?5 Comments