As passionate outdoor people who are fighting to protect the places we love, it’s crucial that we stay informed on climate change policy, so that we can apply pressure where needed, and ultimately influence the systemic change needed to address the climate crisis. What can seem like boring politics on the surface, is actually key legislation and regulation that will determine the future of our planet.
The latest news is a report from the climate Change Committee (CCC) that reports the UK government is falling behind on all climate policies. The CCC’s recently released progress report to Parliament gives an overview on the UK government’s progress on reducing emissions and adapting to climate change. Overall it’s ‘disappointing’ that while the government made huge promises in the past year, it’s been too slow with the delivery of these.
The government must act now to address the climate policy gap. We’re currently on track to achieve only 20% of the required reduction of emissions to meet the Sixth Carbon Budget (emissions targets between 2033-2037).
The problem is two-fold. Firstly, policy is coming in too late. And when it does come into effect, it’s not ambitious enough and does not match the government’s promises.
The government is too slow to follow through on its commitments with actual action, which may result in missing its long-term climate goals.
The government has rejected the CCC’s findings that it is acting too slowly regarding climate change, citing a 44% reduction in emissions and ambitious targets, but various climate groups, green business bodies and political figures have broadly endorsed the conclusions.- The CCC
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