This country has become the first in the world to put our climate change commitments into law. The Climate Change Act, which Parliament approved at the end of last year, sets legally binding targets for cuts in our greenhouse gas emissions.
Along with others in the House of Commons, I made the case for tougher legislation. As a result, the law now requires emissions to be reduced by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050, and emissions from international aviation and shipping are included.
There is near universal consensus among scientific experts that climate change is real and that it is caused by human activity. The good news is that we know that we can move to a low carbon economy without damaging our standard of living.
The world’s leaders will meet at a major conference in Copenhagen in December to forge a new global agreement on climate change. Decisive action is need to the world on track for a low carbon future.
This article is from Gavin Strang’s Spring 2009 Constituency Update.