Posted by Stefano Gelmini — 28 November 2015 at 12:49pm
When Cameron visited Greenpeace in 2007 he spoke of the need for green energy. Now his policies fail to match his words
With global climate talks set to being in Paris next week, David Cameron's speech writers must have spent a few sleepless nights thinking of what the prime minister could say as he stands up in front of his fellow world leaders on Monday.
'Frack Free Zone' signs along Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire
You might have heard today that the government has announced it will 'call in' the decision over fracking in Lancashire. What this means is that, depsite Lancashire county council voting against the shale gas industry back in June, the government now intends to have the final say.
Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.
However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.
Why are we marching? To make sure politicians - especially David Cameron - hear our message that people and planet must come first. As he heads to the Climate Negotiations (COP21) in Paris, we want him to have the image of thousands of people marching for our planet in his mind.
Victims of Hurricane Katrina were predominantly African American
Guest blogger Anna Lau reflects on how a failure of UN negotiations (and the Northern environmental movement more widely) to address the legacy of colonialism will hinder our ability to take meaningful action against climate change.
The government has announced that coal power stations, like Drax pictured here, will close by 2025
There is news worth celebrating coming from the Department of Energy and Climate Change today.
The UK has just become the first G20 economy to stamp a clear expiry date on coal, one of the main drivers of climate change. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has pledged to phase coal out of our energy mix entirely by 2025.
The government wants to weaken plans to protect national parks, like the South Downs, from fracking
With public support for fracking at an all time low, you could be forgiven for think that the government might start to reconsider its plan to force drilling on towns and communities across the country. But no. Because just last week, a small committee MPs rubber-stamped regulations that will weaken the level of protection given to special areas of the English countryside from the impacts of fracking.