Court case to challenge government on climate targets
Court case adjourned to 4th July Facebook event
Find out more about the case, London meeting, 16th June Facebook event
As a member of the Paris climate agreement, the UK has signed up to play its part in the overall aim: "Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change."
The UK's emissions targets under the Climate Change Act are to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Emissions budgets for five year periods are determined by the Committee on Climate Change. It's extremely concerning that according the Committee we are well off track to meet the cuts we need to make by 2030, let alone 2050.
But the organisation Plan B have been asking a different question - are the targets themselves sufficient to meet the aims of the Paris climate agreement?
In fact the Committee on Climate Change themselves have agreed that the UK's current targets are less ambitious than the Paris agreement. Plan B are supporting eleven concerned citizens, aged between nine and 79 to take the government to court to revise our emissions reductions targets to make them more ambitious. They include a Rabbi, a medical doctor, university students worried about their futures, a single mother in social housing, and a lawyer from the British Virgin Islands who witnessed the destruction of Hurricane Irma at first hand.
Supporters of the case include Professor Sir David King, the government's former Chief Scientific Advisor. It is part of a trend of citizen climate cases aiming to make governments act, and if successful would set a very important precedent.
If you would like to support the case, they have a crowdfunding page.