Climate Change Act turns 10 – will the teenage years be troubled?

Solar panel outside mud hut.

Solar can be one of the most cost effective ways to get electricity to villages.

 

This blog was previously published on Christian Today. 

I once made Ed Miliband wince. I persisted with a question at a public meeting, asking him to do more about climate change, and he wasn’t pleased. But looking back he had already made a great achievement – getting the UK’s Climate Change Act passed, which happened ten years ago.

The regal figures of Prince Charles and David Attenborough are both speaking up this week about how urgent it is to take action on climate. They’re worth listening to, but the people who influence me most aren’t famous, they’re farmers in the world’s poorest countries, and I’ve heard from so many that life’s getting harder; there are more floods, more droughts, and less rain when the crops need it. I particularly remember one grandmother from Malawi saying that when she was young, each home in her village had a grain store to keep their maize harvest in, but her grandchildren don’t know what a grain store looks like because nobody harvests enough maize to need one any more.

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