Last Friday, thousands of children across Britain came together to protest against the government’s inaction on climate change and relentless planetary devastation. Surely, it’s time for the government to listen. Efforts to promote fracking must be suspended and resources should be focussed on renewable energy instead.
It seems ludicrous that children are having to walk out of classrooms in order to draw attention to this issue, especially when there is near consensus amongst the scientific community that the politicians in charge are leading us down a path towards environmental destruction. Atmospheric methane plateaued in the 1990s, but has seen a recent acceleration. This increase is best explained by the growth in fracking.
Reducing methane is one of the most effective ways to ensure that we meet our Paris commitments of keeping global temperatures below 1.5 centigrade. Methane is around 85 times more potent than CO2 and approximately 5 per cent of methane is leaked through fugitive emissions, making the fracking process more damaging than coal for climate change.
We should be investing in renewable energies instead, since fracking will prevent us from meeting our environmental targets. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and remain conscious of the fact that 80 per cent of fossil fuels cannot be exploited if we are to achieve our Paris commitments. That’s why we should be investing in solar, wind and tidal energy, and removing the moratorium on onshore wind turbines in England.
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