Luton is a place where the need for action on climate change is vital. That’s
because, right here in our town, future generations will suffer the effects of
climate change acutely. Unless we make huge changes, urgently, the health
of our children and our grandchildren will be seriously compromised, and their
lives will be shortened.
That’s because Luton has a growing airport, a motorway and major traffic
congestion. Already. And we want immediate action on these issues.
So what are the issues?
Well, even young children know that there is a climate emergency right now.
It’s important to take notice of what they say; young children become teenage
activists like Greta Thunberg. Listen to her here, as she tries to educate us to
do something urgently:
A passionate plea, isn’t it?
On 8 October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
produced a report based on 6000 scientific studies. In stressing how urgent
the crisis is, these studies should alarm everyone and motivate them to
BUT – things are not all doom and gloom
According to the IPCC, it is still possible to avoid a 2-degree increase in global
warming. This will require a peak in global emissions by 2020, all electricity
production to be virtually carbon-pollution free by 2050 (earlier in developed
countries), cutting global fossil fuel use by 60% by 2050 and achieving
worldwide zero-carbon pollution by 2100.
The pledges currently made by governments to cut carbon pollution are not
sufficient to avoid warming of more than 2 degrees. More stringent action will
be required to avoid 1.5 degrees of warming, the goal of most developing