Repealing the Climate Change Act would be a disaster

The former Conservative Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, when in office, farcically claimed that ancient woodland could be replaced by planting an equivalent area with young trees. He now regrets voting for the Climate Change Act in 2008 and has called for its repeal.

The Climate Change Act made a commitment to Britain cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in the period 1990 to 2050. This was a brave, bold and commendable move, as without it the UK cannot hope to contribute to the UN’s goal of restricting dangerous increases in global temperatures caused by manmade climate change. Ninety seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real, man-made and demands a policy response.

A poll by the Royal Society for the Arts shows that 80% of Britons are worried about climate change, though just 14.5% have altered their behaviour. Maybe the problem seems too big, or individual actions insignificant. Surely neither is the case.

We can all make a difference and collectively back up the Act’s commitment. For example, switching to energy companies like Ecotricity or Good Energy that use 100% renewables would have a real positive impact. Repealing the Act would be a backward step.

Ginnie Shaw
Green Parliamentary Candidate for York Outer

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