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We do not inherit the world from our parents; we borrow it from our grandchildren

July 19, 2022 2:47 PM
By Roy Wood

Grandparent and grandchild

It is very significant that the Conservative leadership hopefuls chose not to prioritise the climate emergency.

Why?

Because the electorate a) Tory MPs b) Party members, don't care sufficiently about the issue.

Liberal Democrats, and many others, know that this is clearly the most important long-term issue and must be a priority.

For example, started by Labour, and enthusiastically progressed by Lib Dems in the Coalition, the Conservatives scrapped the zero carbon homes target as soon as they could https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/10/uk-scraps-zero-carbon-home-target

How does it make sense not to require solar panels to be fitted on all new houses?

Why does Britain still have the least energy efficient houses in Europe?

Answer: largely because of the lack of competence and political will from this government.

Progress is being made in some areas, but, while there are notable exceptions, too many Conservatives don't care enough.

The cabinet minister who led last Year's landmark Cop 21 UN climate summit has made a dramatic intervention in the Tory leadership race, suggesting he could resign if the incoming prime minister fails to commit to a strong agenda on the climate crisis. Alok Sharma said a total commitment to the net zero agenda from whoever is to lead the country would be essential to avoid "incredible damage" to Britain's global standing, as well as irreversible harm to the UK and international economies. "This is absolutely a leadership issue Sharma said, accusing some of the candidates of being "lukewarm" on net zero in the contest so far.

Wirral Council, with the consistent involvement of our Lib Dem councillors, is making some worthwhile changes.

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/about-council/climate-change-and-sustainability/climate-emergency/key-achievements-climate-emergency?mc_cid=3c8f7bafb0&mc_eid=03a1ab4464

These are fine, as far as they go, but so much more is needed. If you have any suggestions of further ways in which the Council should be tackling the climate emergency, please get in touch with our spokesperson, Orod Osanlou. oxtonlibdems@gmail.com

Are we doing enough to educate young people, and the rest of us, about the positive changes we can make to reduce our environmental impact? How can we best influence big business to accelerate their rate of change? How can we support local food producers and other local businesses?

P.S. "He who pays the piper.........."
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/pm-candidate-penny-mordaunt-blasted-27500057