Today, the UK government set in place measures to cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 50 per cent by 2025. Our nation is leading the world in making such legally binding cuts and we should rightly be proud. I am hopeful that the rest of the world can follow this lead, but progress towards international agreement on emissions reduction is slow.
In 2007 I was lucky enough to be part of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change team that won, jointly with Al Gore, the Nobel Peace prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change”.
Since then I’ve witnessed tortuous international political negotiations over taking such measures. Rainforests, although a huge carbon saver, are one such political stumbling block. This is where I believe UBoC can make a real difference. Through business support we can create rainforest projects with our NGO partners that demonstrate to the world how carbon storage can be cheaply and effectively increased. The success of our projects will hopefully inspire politicians to take global action to prevent climate change. The businesses supporting UBoC are leading the way.
Piers Forster is a Professor of physical climate change in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. His research group examines the various causes of climate change, how the Earth’s climate is likely to change over the next century and the potential options to mitigate and adapt to this change.