Out of the ashes, a new world. Walt Patterson on how a greener future could emerge after the pandemic. We still make far too much of our electricity from fire. We don’t have to. We can make it with moving water and air, and even with sunlight, harvesting these natural processes with infrastructure. We are on the way to being able to store this fire-free electricity to use when we want to; and these processes are all becoming cheaper and more reliable. But too many powerful entities still want us to use fire. Large companies and entire countries get revenue from feeding fire. Within the past century we have created a global economy modelled on fire, a ‘consumer society’ in which natural resources are rapidly transformed into waste, frequently toxic or pernicious.
Chatham House (accessed) 1st June 2020 read more »
Climate change: It’s time for a green economy and the UK should be driving global action. The UK should be driving global action on climate change restoring nature, say Caroline Lucas and Laura Sandys.
iNews 29th May 2020 read more »
More than 200 top UK firms and investors are calling on the government to deliver a Covid-19 recovery plan that prioritises the environment. They say efforts to repair the economy should support the government’s commitment to tackle the climate change crisis. They believe ministers should use the Covid-19 lockdown as a springboard to propel a green economy. The signatories to the letter include Lloyds Bank, Asda, Siemens and Sky. The proposals outlined by firms such as Mitsubishi, Signify and Yorkshire Water in a letter to the prime minister include: Driving investment in low carbon innovation, infrastructure and industries; Focusing support on sectors that can best support the environment, increase job creation and foster the recovery – whilst also decarbonising the economy; Putting strings on financial support to ensure firms getting bailout cash are well managed, and in step with climate goals.
BBC 1st June 2020 read more »