UK’s political leaders agree to work together to combat climate change

It was anounced yesterday that David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change. (1)

The joint declaration states.

“Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. It is not just a threat to the environment, but also to our national and global security, to poverty eradication and economic prosperity.

Acting on climate change is also an opportunity for the UK to grow a stronger economy, which is more efficient and more resilient to the risks ahead. It is in our national interest to act and ensure others act with us.

2015 offers a unique opportunity to accelerate that opportunity, with countries pledging their contributions to action before the world comes together at Paris at the end of the year to reach an agreement on tackling climate change. It is vital that this agreement is a success, and that the UK will play its part in ensuring an ambitious outcome.”

In signing the declaration David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have jointly pledged:

– To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2°C.

– To work together, across party lines, to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act.

– To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation.

This is all good news.

The question is how are our elected representatives going to deliver on these pledges?

Could something like Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Fee and Dividend policy proposal be the answer?

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(1) This agreement was brokered by Green Alliance supported by Christian Aid, CAFOD, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF.

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