There has been a bit of controversy over Boris Johnson’s Christmas holiday away from the UK. It seems unclear who actually paid for his £15,000 stay in a villa in the Grenadines. Leaving this story aside, it is also worth noting the carbon footprint of the PM’s holiday. According to www.Atmosfair.de, a first class return flight for two people from London to Mustique in the Grenadines chugs out a whopping 16 tonnes of greenhouse gas. The science says we all need to have a three tonne footprint for all aspects of our lives within 10 years. So Mr Johnson’s holiday put five times the annual safe limit of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere – in just 11 days of holiday.
Coral Reefs in Crisis
The Grenadines are renowned for their beautiful tropical reefs and abundant wildlife. Yet climate change and ocean acidification are threatening their very existence. Across the globe many reefs are already dead or dying. Unless we take decisive individual and collective action, they could all be dead and gone within 30 years.
Will the Government come good?
The PM’s recent launch of the latest Climate Conference provided some very encouraging words about future government plans. He said that that global warming is “taking its toll on the most vulnerable populations around the planet”. There is no doubt that he is absolutely right on that. Whether the Prime Minister’s new government will fulfil its promises remains to be seen of course. Previous governments have fallen woefully short, so the form is not good.
Walk the Climate Talk?
Boris Johnson is not the first prime minister who hasn’t walked his talk on climate change, either. David Cameron – leader of the self proclaimed ‘greenest government ever’ – urged everyone to fly less in the wake of the catastrophic flooding of the Somerset Levels in the winter of 2013-14. He then promptly jetted off with his family to Southern Europe for a holiday to avoid all the miserable weather. Going further back still, Tony Blair certainly didn’t stint on the personal long haul flights, even as he was pronouncing climate change the ‘biggest issue facing humanity’.
In spite of the shortcomings of our political rulers, reducing flying – or not flying at all – seems to be a fairly easy step to address the climate crisis. And it’s one that shows real leadership at a time when we have an urgent need of it.
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