A senior government climate adviser has given up red meat and the family car and is urging ministers to start a public information campaign encouraging people to make similar lifestyle changes. Chris Stark, chief executive of the Climate Change Committee, has also cut down on flying and says meeting the UK’s legally binding emissions targets will be much more difficult if the government fails to push for behaviour change. Boris Johnson pledged this week that the UK would tackle climate change “without so much as a hair shirt in sight” as he published a net-zero strategy that makes no mention of reducing meat consumption and relies heavily on technological change. A government research paper which suggested a levy on high-carbon food and higher taxes on flights was published this week but then swiftly deleted by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
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