UK Climate Change Bill Today
- 13 Mar 07, 07:58 AM
David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, announces the first ever climate change bill today. At its centre is to cut UK carbon emissions by 60% by 2050.
This is also the day the last episode of PEuT is broadcast at 11.00 GMT. In it a thrilling discussion which deals with many of the issues embodied in both the Government bill on global warming and some of the recent initiatives proposed by David Cameron, leader of the conservative party. Conservationist Sanjayan, of the Nature Conservancy in PEuT today, says targeting air travel "is no silver bullet",energy conservation has to be tackled in the home and beyond. So in Britain today it's turf wars for Green Air - the NGO's are happy, they say they have been fighting for such a white paper for years.
Miliband says the annual targets planned for carbon reductions will be assessed annually by an independent carbon committee. Miliband's proposals suggest a variety of low carbon initiatives that kick in over the next decades that meet the 60% reduction target by 2050. Critics will say this is too little, too late in the face of the greatest threat many experts believe climate change is to the earth.
Do we need something much more radical. Cutting our passion to fly certainly is, it will hurt - but we have a passion for the car too - it just isn't that easy. And our homes are massively wasteful. . Is it right that we have a total carbon allowance, implicated in Milibands ideas - so, if you use low energy light bulbs you can go flying. Miliband no doubt thinks that is rather a silly caricature...but it's sort of true. Maybe Cameron is on to something..."pay as you burn". Ming Campbell, leader of the Liberal Democrats, wants environmental policy through the tax system.
Where are the radical ideas.??.go on, I challenge you, look at the "Monks are Cool" entry below...Monks have got something enduring - a sign post from them to us that could initiate a culture change shifting our relationship with the environment - one that has community and sustainability at its heart. Monastic orders could be the think tank of hundreds of years experience that we're all looking for.
You don't have to be religious to share common values around community spirt and localism.