Ed Miliband in his first major act as the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary has taken the step that members of Stop Climate Chaos have been lobbying the Government about ever since they published their Climate Change Bill. He has recognised the science has moved on in the last 8 years and has now committed the Government to including a target of an 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 into the Bill.
This just leaves one outstanding demand before we have a climate law we can be truly proud of and that is the need to include aviation and shipping emissions in the target. At the minute Miliband is still prevaricating on this, suggesting that it can be addressed through the EU emissions trading scheme, but it is vital if the target in the legislation is to be meaningful that aviation and shipping emissions are included. You can still make a difference – go to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/campaigns/climatebill to take action on the Climate Bill now.