JULY 3, 2020 | CACTUS ENERGY
It’s been a big week for climate. With the MET Office predicting UK temperature spikes of 40C in coming years, aircraft manufacturer Airbus announcing plans to cut 15,000 jobs and Boris Johnson pledging to ‘build a more beautiful Britain’, how to navigate out of the Covid crisis whilst tackling the climate crisis has been at the forefront of public consciousness.
These might seem like two giant challenges to be overcome, but let’s look at it another way. We are at a turning point. We’ve been given a chance to hit the re-set button. This moment provides us with a unique opportunity to move forward in a way that regenerates the economy and keeps us on track for Net Zero. We can kill two birds with one stone, that stone being a green recovery plan that protects the economy, society and the planet.
Photo credit: Permaculture Scotland
One of our favourite quotes of the week, from activist and school striker Holly Gillibrand, perfectly sums up green recovery. It’s not about getting back to the old approach, or even patching the holes. It’s about championing innovation and building back a better, more resilient economy.
For more information about the Green Recovery, take a look at:
WHEN? Tuesday 30th June.
WHO? The Climate Coalition, plus thousands of people across the UK.
WHAT? Constituents ‘took themselves off mute’ and set up Zoom meetings with their local MPs (over 200 were held over the course of the day) to talk about the importance of a green UK recovery. Alongside that, the ‘main stage’ hosted lively presentations and Q&A sessions with key players in the sustainability world, with guest appearances from singer Ellie Goulding and Dr Who star Pearl Mackie, amongst others.
WHEN? Weds 1st to Friday 3rd July.
WHO? Industry experts and world leaders.
WHAT? With over 75 virtual events to choose from, we were spoilt for choice. A couple of the Cactus Energy team were lucky enough to attend the Innovation Virtual Forum run by Climate Action. There were some inspiring discussions about the Net Zero target and how the UK’s handling of hosting COP26 next year could make or break the country’s international reputation.
WHEN? Tuesday 30th June.
WHO? Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister.
WHAT? Boris unveiled his roadmap for rebuilding the UK economy, focusing on increasing spending on hospitals, schools, roads and housing. There were some promising green initiatives too – 4,000 zero-carbon buses and new cycle-ways, for example. However, many feel there needs to be more attention on low-carbon jobs, clean energy and sustainable housing
Lockdown has been difficult in many ways, but there are a few silver linings to be found. It has stimulated a national reflection and a change in attitudes. In fact, only 6% of the population want life to return to ‘normal’ – people are enjoying breathing cleaner air and have come to appreciate nature and green spaces.
At the same time, we’ve seen how incredibly adaptive the human race is, that we have the capacity to bring about change and solve problems that threaten us. Let’s transfer that energy, innovation, flexibility, resilience, creativity to the climate issue.
Cleaner energy is key to a green recovery. Increasing energy efficiency is a great place to start – improving our homes and habits to ensure we’re making the most of the energy we are already generating. But we need some bigger changes too. We need a greater proportion of grid electricity to be generated from renewable sources, as well as retro-fitting of homes and businesses with their own renewable systems. Luckily, we know a great company that can help you out with that!