The prime minister, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition have all clashed over green issues, but the joint declaration states: “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. It is not just a threat to the environment, but also to our national and global security, to poverty eradication and economic prosperity.”
“Acting on climate change is also an opportunity for the UK to grow a stronger economy, which is more efficient and more resilient to the risks ahead,” the joint statement says. “It is in our national interest to act and ensure others act with us.” A senior UK military commander has warned previously that climate change poses as grave a threat to the UK’s security and economic resilience as terrorism.
These people inhabit a different world than my one.
It follows the launch by the Climate Coalition of the Show the Love Valentine’s day campaign which aims to show government and businesses that the public cares about climate change and wants them to take action in Paris to tackle the issue.
To the best of my knowledge, the public usually regard action on Climate Change as the lowest of their priorities. They’ll have to invent a new public.
And, knowing them, they probably will.