COP28: Waveney Valley candidate and Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay has made it clear that he hopes to see meaningful progress at the climate summit
The current climate change summit COP28 has been highlighted as an opportunity for the UK government to show a “real commitment to action”.
Adrian Ramsay, co-leader of the Green Party and a confirmed parliamentary candidate for the new Waveney Valley seat, said the summit presented a prime opportunity for the UK to set out its ambitions to end climate change.
“Residents of Norfolk and Suffolk have experienced flooding in recent weeks, including in parts of the Waveney Valley constituency,” said the Norfolk native (pictured).
“We know that extreme weather events like this are becoming more common and that people are deeply concerned about the climate crisis.
“Yet the Government’s action falls a long way short of what’s needed – and the UN Secretary General has been clear that governments must step up their ambition and action significantly and rapidly.”
In an opening address at the summit, King Charles told world leaders the dangers of climate change were no longer a distant risk, and urged them to take more action – a point reiterated by Mr Ramsay.
“It’s vital that there is real commitment to action at these talks,” he said. “It’s also a huge economic opportunity, with all the jobs that can be created in green industries.”
Mr Ramsay, who served as chief executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology for five years, said he hoped the summit would see governments commit to reducing global temperature rises as outlined in the Paris Agreement of 2015.
He said that UK had an opportunity to show leadership on the issue, adding: “The actions that must be taken need to improve people’s quality of life, providing warm, better insulated homes, more public transport, less congestion and pollution in our towns, cleaner air and cleaner rivers, and more support for our farmers to produce more of the food we need locally.”
The Green Party has urged countries to end dependence on fossil fuels, and transition their economies more rapidly to renewable energy.
It has also urged the UK government to tax persistent polluters more heavily, creating a fund to finance action in the poorest countries which suffer the most from the impact of climate change.