Since the 2017 election threats and damage due to Climate Change and to the Natural Environment have been much more widely understood, and many voters would like to know whether they can trust politicians to address these effectively.
Actions by Extinction Rebellion and straight talk by Greta Thunberg resulted in a UK Climate Emergency bill of 1st May 2019 and Parliament commissioned a Citizens Assembly spanning multiple department’s actions on climate change. So all of the leading UK political parties claim to take the threats seriously, and their 2019 manifestos are investigated below, albeit with just one individual’s interpretation here.
Alternative comparisons include Carbon Brief’s comprehensive comparison of the manifestos of all the Parties, The Guardian’s analysis of climate policies and the BBC has an Interactive Guide with their interpretation of issues. The smaller Parties are not covered. Although the Green Party influences approaches to Climate Change and the Brexit Party influences EU aspects, only the Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are covered below.
Similar sounding Policies
Superficially the manifestos of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats have some similar sounding policies. It is the expertise and dedication applied to the Programmes that differentiates them and could persuade voters to trust a Party.
It is difficult for most voters to keep up with unfolding climate change policies to assess which Party is most likely to deliver effective action against Climate Change. The UNEP’s Emissions Gap report of Nov 2019 says that, on current trends, emissions are on track to be 38% higher by 2030 than is needed to limit warming to 1.5C. With the UK hosting the all important 2020 Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, it is crucial that we have a UK Government who will respond to the emergency as the time to act is now.
Policy topics across all Parties
– 2020 UN climate conference in Glasgow (COP26)
– trade deal protections
– flood defences
– environmental land management
– energy-intensive industries moving to low-carbon techniques
– carbon capture and storage (CCS)
– walking and cycling
– electric cars and electric charging points
– air quality
– research and development
The main differences are in the background material and track record of the parties, particularly their approaches to capital investment and day to day revenue and spend.
Transition Highgate leaves it to the reader to assess which Party is the most prepared and most likely to take action commensurate with the Climate and Environmental emergencies we face.
Your vote is your action against Climate Change and environmental damage.
As a new set of MEPs take their seats in the EU Parliament it is timely to be aware of how the EU works to co-ordinate climate breakdown action across the 28 member states, Many of the changes that should be made to address the increase in global carbon intensity also address the pollution of our air, water and land.
Whether the UK remains in the EU or leaves soon, the makeup of the Parliament will affect the speed (or not) of addressing climate breakdown. “With their tally of MEPs surging to 70 from 51 in the last parliament, the Greens group will have roughly the same clout in the 751-seat assembly as the far-right populists led by Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini – and a much better chance of using it. ” is a hopeful message in the Guardian May 28th.
‘The EU‘ is one of a set of Transition Highgate pages reviewing the pledges and actions of the Paris agreement. It has sections on aviation, power, buildings, agriculture, waste and transport.
Environment and climate change is an EU resource page.
Since Extinction Rebellion burst onto the International stage members of Transition Highgate have leapt to its banner and are supporting the aims of demanding that politicians take emergency action to minimise climate damage as soon as possible.
On 30th January members listened to the talk by Millie Guest with slides illustrating the grave and imminent danger we are in and the means that Extinction Rebellion is taking to spread knowledge amongst the people and policitians. Millie also talked about her role in planning the UK school children’s Fridays for Future strikes.
On 13th April, the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group held a ‘Die in’ for Extinction Rebellion.
representing ‘WHEN HOPE DIES’. It was followed by ‘ACTION BEGINS’ public meeting where the Haringey Low Carbon officer gave a talk on how Haringey will bring forward its Zero by 2050 programme to adapt to the Climate Emergency that Haringey Council has declared. Click Joe Baker Climate Ext April 19.
This was during the build up to Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion Week. In London rebels took over Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Marble Arch from the 15th April – causing inconvenience to motorists and triggering ineffectual arrests.
sums up the scene at the Marble Arch camp on the Saturday, where Sue captured the ill boding figure looming over us. Sydney recorded the moment at Oxford Circus on the Saturday when Police surrounded the iconic Pink Boat, ready to haul it away amidst mourning later that day.
To support Extinction Rebellion
Show the Extinction Rebellion video/slideshow to friends, neighbours and communities who can choose how they can rebel against the “5% chance that temperature rises above 5˚C, by 2050 which could cause human extinction.”
Support Extinction Rebellion and join with members across the world for International Rebellion Week starting 15th April 2019.
Learn about the importance of the ‘Paris pledges‘ and demand that the UK stops subsidising fossil fuels immediately, prioritises all means of decarbonisation above short term pressures and offers the most ambitious pledges possible to the UN Climate Summit on 23rd Sept 2019.
Bloomberg’s carbon clock has a constant countdown towards the catastrophic 450pmm concentration of CO2 and CO2 equivalent in our atmosphere. MCC shows the ‘carbon budget’ and time left to avoid global heating of 2˚C, with a much shorter time by clicking 1.5˚C scenario button.
The world’s leading climate scientists, in a special report for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. Meanwhile the Governments of the World arrive at the 2018 Conference of the Parties COP24 in Katowice, amidst praise of coal and failure to agree ambitious actions – Guardian Dec 2018.