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UK POLITICAL LEADERS SIGN A JOINT CLIMATE COMMITMENT

Three UK party leaders have pledged to work together to tackle climate change regardless of general election’s outcome.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband released a joint pledge to combat climate change, giving an unusual show of unity within a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly intense.

Despite having shown different opinions on green issues in the past, the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour leaders agree upon the importance of a joint climatic policy in order to protect not only the environment, but also national and global security. The joint declaration also states that “acting on climate change is an opportunity for the UK to grow a stronger economy”, and in fact it has been hailed by multinational business leaders as a sharp message that the UK is a good place to do low-carbon business.

The three leaders have pledged to work together to achieve three main targets: they will seek “a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2°C” within the UN climate summit in Paris in December, they will work together to agree UK carbon budgets, and will “accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy-efficient, low carbon economy” and “end the use of unabated coal for power generation”.

The joint statement was released the same day that the Go Fossil Free movement held a global day of action. The divestment campaign endorsed by Go Fossil Free already persuaded 180 institutions - worth a combined $50bn - to get rid of their fossil fuel investments, and on the day of action banks that fund fossil fuel investments are also being targeted, with at least 1400 people that will switch their accounts away from them, in protest at the £66bn they invested in fossil fuel extraction in 2012.

 

The gLAWcal Team

EPSEI project

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

(Source: Guardian)