Peter Goldring says international co-operation must strengthen and the UK must lead the way
The government has repeatedly tried to keep the public “tuned in” to the speed of emissions reductions, forgetting that some progress is progress. Just think how it must have felt to see The Snowman this week which tells of people clambering to the top of a mountain to save the snowman as the world’s climate risk increases.
Last week we saw a fresh deadline; that the carbon budget by 2020 must be kept at the same level as in 1990.
Fast forward to 2015, the year we got to see our planet’s weather for the first time, and now the 5-month rise in global temperatures is beginning to unravel our little world. It is not impossible to be optimistic, but we must tackle global warming head on.
International co-operation must strengthen and the UK must lead the way. Investing in renewable energy and lower-carbon transport, improving our cities and cutting public transport emissions will also help us get to zero emissions, although of course it is pointless if you are too busy, so let’s add all these with our efforts to reduce emissions.
The snowman. Photograph: Disney/Nettwerk
These are the things the government needs to focus on and not the Brexit process as it will probably have even less of an impact when the Brexit document is finally signed off on 17 November.
Putting the brake on GDP growth by slowing the rate of growth, by 2020 we have to reach 2% per year or go on a freefall to 2.5%. The UK’s investment led future economy is not going to cut it with the “crash hard” Brexit that is going to be the hardest pound of all.
Hopefully there is still time to pull the brake and get emissions and our economy down while dealing with the trade-offs that everybody must make.
• Peter Goldring is Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford