Climate change: the risks we can't afford to take. Part 5: The risk of a lack of vision
We have asked five leading commentators to set out exactly how they see the risks that we face and why in their view they are risks we can’t afford to take.
In the final publication of our series on Climate change: The risks we can’t afford to take, Stephen Hale, director of Green Alliance, argues that the real risk to the achievement of the targets set out in the Climate Change Act, is the lack of a compelling and unifying vision of a low carbon future for the UK, and the political commitment to making that vision a reality.
The UK’s Climate Change Act provides a framework within which government can take bold steps towards creating a low carbon economy. While the act is an achievement in its own right, the real achievement will be the delivery of what it promises. The debate on the government’s response to the act has been much less prominent than the debate around the act itself, as though we can take for granted that emissions will fall as a result of its existence.
- Stephen Hale
- Publication Date:
- 10 April, 2009