“It is vital that the government that emerges from this coming election sets a pathway to a zero-emissions society and demonstrates clear and strong leadership – both at home and internationally – in tackling the most urgent issue of our time.”
Adrian Ramsay – CEO, Centre for Alternative Technology
With a week to go until the General Election, we have released our analysis of party political manifestos, comparing parties’ climate and energy policies to see if they have what it takes to tackle climate change. The at-a-glance table shows party responses to six crucial questions used to identify whether parties have based their proposals on climate science and if they go far enough in keeping us below a temperature rise of two degrees.
Party policies vary widely from all-out action on climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon economy to banning windfarms and repealing the Climate Change Act. 2015 is going to be a big year for the climate: whichever party or coalition of parties wins this election will not only set the climate change agenda for the UK but will go on to represent the UK at the UN climate talks, scheduled to be held in Paris in December 2015. The spotlight will be turned on world leaders to make serious commitments to emissions reduction as support accelerates for an evidence-based net-zero agreement in Paris.
Climate change has been off the agenda during this election and yet is arguably the most important issue of our time. The UN warned in November 2014 that global emissions must fall to zero by 2070 to offer a good chance of avoiding a two degree temperature rise and ensuing climate disaster. Human influence on the climate system is tangible: the more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts. We have the technological ability to reduce emissions, power up renewables and build a prosperous, zero carbon world.
With just seven days to go to the General Election, help CAT to spread the word by sharing the Manifestometer and enabling voters to make an informed choice on 7th May.
-Email the PDF to your friends
-Print it out and put it in your local shops
-Contact your local Parliamentary candidates to ask them where they stand on climate change
-Write to your local paper to tell people why you’re voting for climate action?