Climate Change – what can we do?

The latest IPCC report on the climate is very chilling. We need to move very fast if we are to avoid the worst climate outcomes. They are suggesting we have only 12 years.

So we urgently need to tell politicians that they need to be doing more. Expanding Heathrow, HS2 and supporting fracking are just going in the wrong direction.

The Centre for Alternative Technology has lots of ideas for achieving a Zero Carbon Britain. See their new report

Friends of the Earth have a whole set of proposals to get to Zero carbon

The Campaign against Climate Change has ideas for a Million Climate Jobs

If you want to read more there are lots of good articles on the Guardian website.

For instance two articles on climate assemblies and whether councils can deliver a Zero Carbon future

Britain did take a lead in climate action with the Climate Act 2015 which commits the UK government by law to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

Earlier this year the Government agreed to a climate emergency and the target has been oved to 100% by 2050 but all the other major paries believe this is too far in the future and want to see urgent action now.

But how well are we doing?

The Committee on Climate Change was set up to provide independent advice to government on building a low-carbon economy and preparing for climate change. It has published a number of reports including a recent response to the Government’s progress.  Reducing UK emissions 2019

Here’s a summary of its findings. Click here for a better quality version















So it’s time for real action. What can we do?

Look at ways of changing your own lifestyle to cut down on greenhouse gases

    1. Get informed
    2. Tell key people – MPs, councillors, the press what you think should be done
    3. Join groups which are campaigning on climate – like FOE, Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion
    4. Join in the student protests

Sign some petitions

There are great ideas in these publications.

A new report is stressing the importance of working with nature.  

George Monbiot has written on this too and they have launched a new website Natural Climate Solutions. We need to cut carbon too of course.

The US Green New Deal is getting a lot of attention but the UK had its own Green New Deal in 2008. You can read the ideas here

And here’s an article about it from Caroline Lucas MP Green Party

It’s needs a re-think of course but the new economics foundation (nef) is addressing that here. Rebooting the Green New Deal

Locally, Portsmouth City Council has  unanimously passed a resolution saying we are in a climate emergency and they have a new Climate Change Board.

We need to get Havant to pass a similar resolution so please sign the petition on the Havant Friends of the Earth site if you are a resident of Havant Borough.

The Committee on Climate Change gave  four key messages to Government in 2018:

  1. Support the simple, low-cost options
  2. Commit to effective regulation and strict enforcement
  3. End the chopping and changing of policy
  4. Act now to keep long-term options open