The world’s scientific community has warned that there are just 12 years left to prevent the earth warming by 1.5 degrees, the point above which climate change will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
Despite this, recent projections compiled by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show that the Government is already falling behind on existing climate targets.
The melting of the polar ice caps and the impacts of climate change are going to be the major issue in the lives of my grandchildren. We have to stop kicking these issues down the road and put climate and the environment at the centre of political thinking.
We need to rethink the way we approach issues like energy production, agriculture, housing standards, transport, plastics, pollinators, wildlife protection, flood defences and the longer we wait to act the bigger the challenges will be.
I have recently put my name to Parliamentary Motions calling on the Government to treat climate change as a national crisis and urgently accelerate programs to switch away from a fossil fuel economy and invest in clean energy and low-carbon technologies.