Amid an urgent IPCC, the government fails us with new energy policy

The UK government declared a "climate emergency" in 2019. Despite the terrifying reports from a leading scientific body on climate change since then, their recent budget reveals a commitment to keep burning fossil fuels.

Katie Siddall
8th April 2022
Jacob Rees-Mogg. Image: Flickr
As everyone knows, the climate crisis is worsening and many are not doing enough to help. The UK government is tackling the crisis at such a slow rate that a film made in 2015 with the release year of 2215 will be out in cinemas, or whatever platform, before they start doing anything.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report has recently been released. This report warns that global emissions must peak in three years, 2025, in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

In the wake of this, Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke out on Monday to blatantly ignore the warning: "We are not going for net zero tomorrow - 2050 is a long way off."

If we, as a community, disregard climate change in the manner that Rees-Mogg has seen to then what future will our children/grandchildren have? It has come to the point where we may see a darker future.

To summarise the IPCC report, it states that we need to stop drilling for oil.

The IPCC report has set out actions to take in order to slow down the pace of the climate crisis. One pledge of our government is to attempt to halve emissions by 2030. Is this possible?

The UN Chief, Antonio Guterres, has stated that "it is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unbelievable world. We are on a fast track to climate disaster."

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' statement at the IPCC conference, in which he called for immediate action

This places the UN Secretary General on the side of climate activists! It seems as though there have been small steps but we need bigger steps to avoid crucial damage to our planet.

Within the same week the IPCC report has been released, the UK government have claimed to make a step forward as they announced their new energy policy: the continuation of fossil fuel production; however, moving it to nuclear production.

The IPCC report only briefly mentions this way of production as it is an extremely expensive solution. A solution which is too expensive to be helpful.

Philip Evans, campaigner for Greenpeace UK, says "it takes on average 28 years to bring new oil and gas fields online". He sees this as witless, especially as the solution creates more issues. Is our government realistically helping the environment, or is it damning us?

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