We all know the small everyday changes that we, as individuals, should be making to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably.
From reducing household plastic waste and shopping locally, to boycotting companies with poor sustainability practices - many of us are doing our bit for the environment.
But individual changes can only get us so far. At some point, there needs to be drastic legislative reform to ensure we are making the changes necessary to limit global warming and prevent impending ecological collapse.
UK action on climate change
So far, the UK’s response to the climate and nature crisis has been disappointing to say the least.
In 2019 Parliament declared a Climate Emergency, but according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), the UK Government is set to fall desperately short of achieving its goal for cutting carbon emissions - meeting only 20% of the required reductions to meet the Sixth Carbon Budget (which encourages a cut in CO2 by 78% of 1990 levels, by 2035).
Consequently, 85% of UK energy professionals believe the government will fall short of its 2050 emissions reduction goal.
If this is the case, it is highly likely global warming will soar past the 1.5C limit that scientists are desperately advocating for, bringing catastrophic ecological and climate consequences to fruition.
Sustainability is about more than emissions, and tackling the climate-nature emergency needs an approach which sees the planet as a complex system: the climate crisis cannot be solved by the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions alone, as there are nine Planetary Boundaries (e.g. land degradation, water consumption and biodiversity loss) which must be accounted for in the pursuit of a sustainable future.
It is clear that we need much stronger, more joined up legislation.
The Climate & Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill is the response to that need.
It plugs holes in the UK’s current environmental legislative landscape and holds the UK Government accountable for the entirety of our impacts on climate and nature, both here and overseas, as well as calling for a fair transition.