On social media
The UK govt has been barely engaging with its voters (key Conversative Party members), let alone acting enough to prevent climate change, according to individuals on social media who are calling for the nation’s next PM to take the matter more seriously.
Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the final two candidates for the PM role and … both had / have leadership positions in the existing govt … so can leopards change their spots?
To be sure, as president of the UN climate talks, the UK’s Alok Sharma did a lot of outreach in the lead up to climate talks last November in Glasgow — and beyond. It is still surprising how little the governing Tory party speaks about detailed climate action to their own British supporters.
Here are some highlights from this post by climate wrangler Nicola Steen of Steen Inc.
Central in (Tory party) voting decisions, must be action on climate change and the move towards a less polluting, more sustaining economy and country: Charles Appleby, http://www.noCo2.org
(He seems to be able to remove a ton of carbon dioxide for about 1 quid by planting trees, according to his website. That is cool if true)
Appleby: “One critical failure for the last 3 years has been the Government’s lack of public engagement on climate. This has been repeatedly commented on by the UK CCC. This has to be fixed by the new PM”
This intervention is a neat summary:
There is such a clear trend that publishing good intentions no longer cuts the mustard (whatever that means).
The point is that actions are now required. Mandatory steps and metrics are the order of the day. It is an emergency (some missed that memo) and we absolutely aim to support the politicians with teeth who put mandatory steps in place to reach quantified targets.
This is doable, we are seeing shifts in mature markets internationally in the built environment and other sectors who have gone beyond good intentions and are already implementing best practices and pioneering case studies and advanced route maps and methodologies to enable quantifiable change for good.
Politicians who do not get the central message that socio-environmentalism is key and do not make it a central pillar to their work have completely missed the boat.
Sadly we saw the apathy of many PM candidates who slowly agreed there was a problem with the environment.
Honestly, I really wonder why they stand for leadership roles if they don’t know the key facts of the decade.
Heaven help us all.
The following story might also apply to Truss, not just Sunak. Still, the UK is seeking to be part of a clean-energy, globalish, digital trade deal called the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Truss has been driving that push.
(Updates to narrow the focus on Conservative Tory party voters)