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What's the UK doing to fight climate change?

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

We all know that climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) from human activities, and unless we act now we face disaster. This year alone we've seen more extreme weather than ever with Texas freezing over in January, heatwaves in the Artic, Canada and Europe, wildfires in Siberia, Turkey and the US and flash-flooding in Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, India, Italy and London. On the plus side, and I mean that extremely loosely, leaders in wealthier countries are finally taking note. Angela Merkel, for example, pledged to 'up the pace in the fight against climate change', in response to the floods in Germany, while our government aims to drop carbon emissions 78% by 2035 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

But with GHGE being the highest they've ever been, and still rising, it feels like we aren’t doing enough. The UK is 'struggling to keep pace with climate change impacts,' according to the Climate Change Committee, [1] meaning we have to work together quickly and decisively to bring about change.

As hosts of the upcoming UN climate talks (COP26), it's important we lead by example and implement immediate, effective climate action, as only then can we help drive global response. [1] So let's look at how things are shaping up as the UK tries to mitigate climate disaster.