When I reflect on how quickly the past five years have passed, since the unanimous signing of the Paris Agreement, I worry how quickly the next ten years will pass and the extent to which we will have closed the gap to a net zero position. Reports suggest the UK is not on track to meet this legally binding target and I feel we, as individuals, must do more to ensure the right action is taken.
The science suggests we have the next pivotal decade to reduce global emissions by half so we can achieve the goal of net zero by 2050. This coupled with poor air quality, declining biodiversity, plastic waste and climate change is going to make it an enormous challenge.
The UK was one of the first countries to enshrine in law this net zero target. That leadership helped the UK gain host status for the crucial next round of UN climate talks,Cop26,in November 2021. This was intended to galvanise action across government, inspire the public and create confidence for business investment. However, government and industry have been transformed by the coronavirus crisis and action has slowed whilst the urgency of the climate emergency only continues to grow.
If government wants businesses, local authorities and households to take the right action and make the appropriate investments over the next decade, they will need confidence that Britain really is committed to decarbonising the economy.That is why it is critical that the government maintains a clear focus on the green recovery, and that we, as individuals, keep pressure onthe government to progress a comprehensive strategyto deliver this ambition.
If you are interested in learning more on our environmental challenges, how we can mitigate our impact on the world and keeppressure on government, please take part in Countdown.
Countdown,is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, and will launch on 10 October 2020. It is a free virtual event featuring leading figures, all with the collective objective of informing and activating millions in the lead-up to Cop26. Speakers will touch on topics such as:
Climate science and the climate crisis: Where are we today?
Why climate justice matters
Putting climate back on the political and social agenda
What businesses can do—and are doing—to transform and transition
Rethinking our cities
Stepping up at work and at home
The path to a safer, cleaner, fairer future for people and the planet
The full agenda and speaker list can be found here.
You can inspire others through action and example – join Klere in the Countdown to Net Zero and be part of something positive.