Theresa May isn’t committed to combating climate change or achieving a low carbon future. But why?
Our government has hardly produced a glowing green record but a cabinet reshuffle should’ve been an opportunity for progress, especially in light of the repeated flood warnings the UK has received recently that are of course induced by global warming. Instead, we woke up this morning to find the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been scrapped and we have not been provided with a reason to satiate our outrage. It looks as though expert advice on how to avert global warming from scientists and economists alike has been ignored in favour of making the topic invisible – the issue has been demoted to a third share in a merged department named the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. How are these actions justifiable? Many of us were already wondering how committed we would be to ratifying the Paris Climate pledge in the wake of Brexit and cavalier reprioritisation like this provides us with little reassurance and a lot of doubt. Scepticism towards climate change is also yet to be conquered and now the name is erased from government departments, the battle to reduce carbon emissions has just intensified.