Addressing the here and now

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Nawaz Haq, Executive Director of SulNOx, says that managing the effects of fossil fuel use today should be as much a priority as the switch to renewable energy in the future

With everything that is going on around the world and, in particular, right here in the UK, it is easy to forget that we are in the middle of a climate emergency, or it is easy to put it to the back of your mind because, let’s face it, there are plenty of other things to worry about.

And that’s the problem.

Highlighting the scale of the climate emergency, a new report this week by the UN has stated that current worldwide pledges will lead to global heating of 2.5 degrees, leading to catastrophic climate breakdown. As well as the demand for immediate and stronger government actions, the UN has highlighted the private sector must play its part.

The chaos surrounding our Government has potentially disastrous consequences for the environment because too many eyes are being taken off the ball. When Liz Truss became Prime Minister, one of the first things she did was sack Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and replace him with Anne Marie Trevelyan, and ditch climate change minister Greg Hands in favour of Graham Stuart. Much has been said about the number of Chancellors we have been through in the last few months, but we should also note we are now on our fifth environment secretary in three years, our fourth climate change minister in the same period – with the last three all coming in the last 18 months – and our third transport minister.


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