22nd Sep, 2020

Sustainable Living

Evesham Editorial 26th Jul, 2020

Mike Parker, Chair of SeSaME, writes for the Observer…

IT’S STRANGE writing about sustainable living and the climate emergency when feeling, lots of the time, you are preaching the blooming obvious to the blindingly oblivious.

1912. American Gazette’s Science Notes & News reported that the world yearly burning million of tons of coal produced 7000 million tons of carbon dioxide, blanketing the earth and increasing its temperature, with an effect that could be considerable in a few centuries.

1956.Waldemar Kaempffert in the New York Times headlined “The Rising Threat of Carbon Dioxide,” reporting that variation in the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide can account for climatic change,

2009. United Nations Climate Change Summit produced the Copenhagen Accord, agreeing to constrain carbon and respond to climate change.

2018. Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Deputy Director tells boiler technician conference attendees about BEIS plans to phase out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating (domestic and non-domestic) during the 2020s, starting with new build.

2019. My rural village of Sedgeberrow, with already over 200+ properties featuring high carbon fossil fuel heating, has had 20 more new houses built this year, all with the same high carbon fossil fuel heating. Even at a modest estimate of £5000 a property, the village would need a million pounds for tackling the retro fitting needed, not forgetting our new residents having an unexpected hundred thousand to add to their 2020s budget.

2019. Updated analysis of the annual UK temperature records from the Met Office showed that since 1884 all of the UK’s ten warmest years occurred after 2002; none of the ten coldest years have occurred since 1963.

2020. David Attenborough launched his film “A life on our earth” with its stark message: “This is the last chance to address climate change.” Its blunt message graphically stating what we already know.

Our experience managing Covid-19 has shown the absence of national cross party decision making can lead to grave errors. Luckily the virus challenges have been manageable, compared to the known consequences of unchecked global heating. We clearly need a wartime style, “climate change cabinet” to ensure the blooming obvious becomes everyone’s goal.

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