Professor Sir Robert Watson is a world authority on Climate Change. He has been the Chief Scientist of the World Bank and also the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
So his opinions ought to be listened to and respected.
He has just said that whilst the UK Government is setting targets to tackle both the climate crisis and the problem of the depletion of nature, it is lacking in bringing forward any policies which will achieve such aims, otherwise such targets are meaningless.
He highlighted that the Government's own advisers have stated the UK will not, on the basis of what it is proposing now, reach its key goal of reducing emissions by 78% of 1990 levels by 2035.
He also pointed out that the progress on legislation to introduce environmental protection legislation is stalled in Parliament, with all the signs that those arguing for weaker legislation than applied when we were members of the EU, are winning the day in the House of Commons.
He argued that since the UK is hosting the November COP26 world climate change summit in Glasgow, we should already be leading the way in not just setting targets but in starting to put policies into action.
The climate emergency will not wait while Boris fiddles and dithers.
Stephen Hardy MBE
Trustee CPRE Sussex
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