Monday, 27 October 2008

Climate change.


News of more Government climb downs on the Cimate Change Bill. Firstly they gave way to Steve Webb and other campaigners on the issue of the target for reducing CO2 emmissions. The government wrote an inadequate target in of 60% into the Bill which showed they were not really serious . Secondly the issue of including the emissions from ships and planes which the government left out. As Friends of the earth said : 'it is like a drink-driving law that doesn't count whisky'.
Friends of the Earth’s “Big Ask” campaign for a tougher climate change law is also backed by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, who said: “MPs have a chance to fix this when they vote on the law.
“We are on the verge of getting the world’s first climate change law. This is an amazing achievement, but there is one very large elephant in the room – it doesn't cover pollution from ships or planes.”

Well now we have the announcement of the government climb down. They took their time.

Friends of The Earth (FoE) are not the only group who have been active. Church groups like Christian Aid and Tear Fund have run excellent campaigns. Sadly the Tories Green talk has not turned into action (again)they abstained on this issue when the Bill was in the House of Lords, and have stated that the Bill goes far enough already.