Last year on their Twilight of the Innocents UK tour Ash had Friends of the Earth join them to help promote their Big Ask campaign, pressuring UK MP’s and government into implementing a new and strong climate change bill. A few days ago the bill was finally passed into law after a long three and a half year campaign. The law is the first of it’s kind in the world, and it includes strong measures including shipping and aviation emissions. The UK has now committed to reduce it’s carbon emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050, with annual targets.
This is a massive victory and goes to show that grassroots organising can be effective in swaying political policy and enable progress on our biggest challenges. Hopefully the UK will encourage other countries to follow suit and move the world towards cleaner, greener, independent and ultimately safer energy policies, ones which won’t require invasions to secure resources. We’ve all been at the mercy of the fossil fuel cartels for long enough. A new green collar economy should now be the focus for government investment and the road to ride out of recession.