Carbon emissions for the UK fell for the sixth year running in 2018, but now by less and less. This is not good enough.
According to the Guardian in 2019: ‘There are signs the country’s recent period of rapid progress is drawing to a close. The estimated 1.5% decline last year was considerably smaller than the 3.2% fall in 2017 and the 8.7% drop in 2014: the biggest in recent years.’
Rebecca Long-Bailey, then the shadow business secretary, said: “The government are wrong to be complacent about the UK’s falling emissions when we know that winning slowly on climate change is the same as losing.”
The UK has had a long history with coal power. Coal is a fossil fuel, meaning harmful gases like carbon dioxide are released as it is burned, contributing to global warming.
We celebrated the UK having gone two months coal-free on the 11th June 2020, but we should not get too excited. This was also the case in 2019 when the UK went eighteen days without coal power, and with the Covid-19 pandemic on-going and less demand for electricity, this has also contributed.
The government has pledged to be coal-free by 2025. We are indeed making progress; two coal power stations shut down in March this year, but if we intend to meet our targets and cut our country’s carbon emissions, we must not relax our efforts.
The government must not lose sight of a brighter, cleaner future. With our continuous work towards spreading awareness and steps to cut energy use in our own homes; we can cut carbon even more