Category Archives: Political leadership

Post-election we mustn’t stop engaging with politicians on climate

intext-blog-mass-lobbyThis post is by Georgina Collins of Hope for the Future

In the aftermath of a draining election period, there can be a tendency to assume the hard work is done and the result is set. The winning party is free to implement the policies they choose; in essence, the role of the electorate is over until the next election in four years’ time. This tendency ignores a key tenet of parliamentary democracy: ongoing political participation and discussion. In fact, the aftermath of an election is when the hard work should begin. Read more

2020: time to walk the talk on climate and nature

bird-2543567_1280-2This post is by Tony Juniper CBE, chair of Natural England and Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency.

As we start the New Year, it’s clear that 2020 is our last chance to bring the world together to take decisive action on climate change, to protect our communities and reverse the alarming loss of wildlife we have witnessed in recent years. Read more

We are a long way from where we need to be

intext-blog-jim-skeaThis post is by Jim Skea, professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College. It is one of six essays taken from our publication Countdown to COP26,

 

Three decades after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established and preparations started for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), there are encouraging signs that action is finally picking up pace. Read more

Now is the time to take on the hard politics of the environment

Sunrise at Stanlow Oil Refinery heralding an Industrial DawnThis post is by Ian Christie, Green Alliance associate and senior lecturer at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey.

My fellow Green Alliance associate and former director Rebecca Willis spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this week about the state of environmental politics and climate action as the UK general election approaches. She said, “these are the best of times – and the worst of times.” Best, because finally there seems to have been a breakthrough in political consciousness and sense of urgency concerning the climate crisis. Read more

We can’t shy away from the need for radical change

intext-40thblogGreen Alliance and I grew up together. We’re both children of the 1970s, a decade which, according to the New Economics Foundation’s happiness index, included Britain’s happiest year, 1976. Though incomes have risen since then, so have environmental impacts and social inequality, hence their argument that Britain peaked in the mid-seventies. Read more

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