COP21, otherwise known as the Paris Climate Conference, is now a distant memory yet the impact for motorists is utterly devastating.
More people will die from poor air quality, global temperatures will continue to rise and eventually we will all realise we missed a massive opportunity to make things better for our kids.
You know me, I am a bit of a green evangelist. Not for it’s own sake, you understand.
I actually believe that being sustainable is our duty and it’s relatively easy.
I would like to point out I don’t wear hair shirts or, indeed, hug trees, often.
What really galls me is that we have a Government that thinks it is perfectly acceptable to attend Paris and sign a declaration that we will “try” to keep temperature rises to below 2C whilst reducing subsidies for renewable energy and subsuming Whitehall departments dedicated to delivering meaningful change.
Without renewable energy, we won’t be able to drive properly efficient vehicles and we certainly won’t be able to achieve the commitment to minimise carbon pollution as much as we could.
What is most telling is that politicians are not bound by the outcome of the Climate Conference. They can wriggle when it comes to failure to achieve the COP21 commitments.
They are, however, legally bound by the Climate Change Act, 2008.
The 2008 Act commits the Government to reducing emissions by at least 80 per cent come 2050 from 1990 levels.
We know COP21 was little more than a publicity stunt. Do most people care about the outcome of COP21? Of course not.
The majority of citizens can barely find time to lift their heads from the grind of life and austerity (or “living within our means” as PM Teresa May calls it), never mind concern themselves with the subtleties of climate policy and transport emissions.
What we should all care about is making our money go further and keeping our kids healthy. Being sustainable can do that. After all we have limited financial and environmental resources. Surely the discipline of “living within our means” applies to both, Prime Minister?
It might also keep our feet dry and enable us to escape the worst consequences of changing weather patterns. I cannot promise that, though.