A LOW CARBON ECONOMY
Transitioning to a low-carbon, environmentally and socially sustainable economy can become a strong driver of job creation, job upgrading, social justice, not too mention poverty eradication if properly managed with the full engagement of governments, workers, and employers’ organizations. This is why it is so important that local politicians are informed about the possibilities - where they (understandably) may be frightened of change.
JAN 2017 - Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Committee is quoted as saying the the repeated delays to the Emissions Reduction Plan: “risk giving the impression that the government’s policy cannot keep pace with its rhetoric”, Mr Wright
added: “Delivering against our climate change targets has had cross-government support since the
Climate Change Act was passed in
WHAT IS A LOW CARBON ECONOMY ?
A low-carbon economy (LCE), low-fossil-fuel economy (LFFE), or decarbonised economy is an economy based on low carbon power sources that therefore has a minimal output of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the biosphere, but specifically refers to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. GHG emissions due to anthropogenic (human) activity are the dominant cause of observed global warming (climate change) since the mid-20th century. Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes around the world, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.
FOSSIL FUELS - Big old houses take a lot of heating as a survey in Sussex reveals the high cost to the environment of running a Victorian manor house that is now divided into four separate residences. Each occupier had a top up of heating oil last year and in February of 2018, two more fill ups are seen being delivered here, presumably to cope with the cold snap. But then, it has been a relatively warm and wet winter. Imagine then the number of truckloads for a really cold winter. If more houses are to be built in traditional materials, will that mean sinking a few more offshore wells, maybe in the Arctic. At this rate there will be little ice left at the poles.
Many countries around the world are designing and implementing low emission development strategies (LEDS). These strategies seek to achieve social, economic and environmental development goals while reducing long-term
greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resilience to climate change impacts.
FARMING - The backbone of any society is the production of food to feed the population, though these days much of what we eat is imported from other producers, such as fish farmed in Asia. We can no longer find enough fish locally having exhausted our fisheries. Agriculture is also changing where we have drained the soil for so long with artificial fertilizers that yields will fall, meaning a shift to obtaining protein from the sea - but unfortunately we are disposing of around 8 millions tons of plastic in our seas - poisoning marine life that we need to keep us nourished. Food security is therefore high on the United Nations agenda via the Food and Agriculture Organization.
UK MAP - A typical country road that is strewn with potholes and repair craters that soak up energy from cars. Wealden District and East Sussex County Councils are not providing charging points for electric vehicles to help make them more popular with motorists. Councils represent the log-jam that is keeping our air quality so poor that Europe has serious concerns - enough to summon Michael Gove to explain Conservative inadequacies.
ABOUT THE CLIMATE CHANGE TRUST
Our aim is to help officials to work towards a Circular Economy. We are politically neutral, we just want to see policies and action plans put in place that will make the UK strong again, energy self-sufficient and with housing that is genuinely affordable for the next generation to create a safe Circular Economy with food security also featuring in the mix.
FROSTY MORNING - A frosty morning like this could be the start of an energy crisis and a cold future for transport and homes in the UK if we do not start to take climate change seriously.
- The Nellis Solar Power Plant is a 14-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station located within Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas. The power plant was inaugurated in a ceremony on December 17, 2007, with Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons activating its full operation. On average, it has since generated 32 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually and supplied more than 25% of the power used at the base.
MR OCEAN - Barack Obama was a source on inspiration not only in speaking about environmental problems and how to deal with, but also in putting those words into practice. That President Trump appears confused as to what the US had committed to may truly put the drive to clean up our act into a mini nose dive. We live in hope that somebody in that administration will realize that there are financial gains, and where Donald is money driven, that such revelations might get the de-railed carriages back on the tracks.