Greenpeace Emergency Response to Climate Change
Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity and our planet. It must be acted upon immediately.
Greenpeace has published what has been described as a radical action for the UK government to declare a climate emergency and then to bring policy in line with climate science.
This is a summary of a 10-point plan produced by Greenpeace. It is a radical approach to climate change and will undoubtedly stimulate debate.
I believe this should be of interest of us globally:
• Ban all new oil and gas production in the UK, including fracking;
• Triple renewable energy by 2020;
• Plant 700 million trees in the next 10 years;
• Introduce a frequent flyer tax;
• End the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030;
• Roll out free bus travel for young people and people on lower incomes;
• End carbon emissions from heavy industry;
• Create millions of jobs in a new green economy;
• Retrofit homes to go zero-carbon;
• Change the farming industry and food system to encourage a less meat-based diet.
Almost 500,000 people have signed a petition urging the UK government to declare a climate emergency. It remains to be seen how much political support it gains.
In view of the groundswell of the population supporting parties with environmental issues at the heart of their political manifestos in recent elections, any government would be advised and must take these concerns very seriously.
Our future, our children’s future and their children’s futures are all at stake. It is important government’s take a stance and deal with the threat to climate change now. It has to be a priority of all priorities. Not something that can be sat on or something to go to.
It is something that must be dealt with now, in order to effect positive climate change. It also needs global cooperation. All countries must work together.