Is 2050 achievable?
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What is 2050 we hear you ask? Well in 2008 the Climate Change Act was made, setting targets towards the UK’s contribution to reducing pollution and emissions. So ten years on, the question is, how well are we doing as a nation to reach these targets and what more can we do to get there?
Let’s start with acknowledging the things that we as a country have achieved towards climate change already [as all that ever seems to be reported in the news is the negative stuff which really isn’t motivating or informative to the change we can and WILL make together!).
Firstly, and arguably most importantly, is the frequency and legitimacy of the political debate around climate change. The regular political discussion, debate and target setting of the issues with our environment allow a constant development on the attitudes supporting endeavours towards preventing climate change.
This is a dramatic improvement to just some years ago when climate change wasn’t acknowledged as a legitimate issue within British political debate. [We know, seems impossible to imagine!..].
Secondly, looking at some cold hard facts of real change that the UK has made is proof that we as a society are making. The Climate Change Committee reported that UK emissions were 42% below the 1990 levels in 2016, which is over halfway to the overall target of 80%, an unbelievable achievement within just ten years.
However, when it comes to the environment there is always more we can do as a society in order to help contribute to the wider issue of climate change and looking after our planet. In order to reach our target of 80% less emissions by 2050, domestic emissions most reduce by 3% per year. This means that we as individuals can make a difference to overall climate change by just educating ourselves on the ways in which domestic emissions can be reduced.
The 2050 Calculator is a user friendly model that allows you to calculate your own emissions reduction pathway and shows exactly the scientific impact those changes have.. want to take a look?
Stay tuned for more articles!
Aequem Team x