Tory group calls for action on climate change

A group of influential Conservative MPs has published a pamphlet calling for a "Churchillian" response to the threat of climate change.

A group of influential Conservative MPs has published a pamphlet calling for a "Churchillian" response to the threat of climate change.

In a series of essays, the Tory Reform Group is demanding action on a number of fronts by a future Conservative government to reduce the UK's carbon footprint, embrace technology and make the country more sustainable.

Environmental Audit Committee chairman Tim Yeo warned: "On climate, the world is drinking in the last chance saloon".

In his essay he said: "It is essential to understand the urgency of the task and to believe in the possibility of success. As the Arctic melts before our eyes the remaining flat-Earthers who say nothing is happening are being silenced."

He called for action to decarbonise electricity generation, buildings and transport and end deforestation, which he said was achievable with "the common sense application of existing technology and information".

Former environment secretary John Gummer said there was a need to take measures to reduce the world's dependency on finite resources.

And he said practical measures including eradicating food waste, improving the energy efficiency of buildings and effective taxation would help the UK seize the initiative and convert its economy to a sustainable one.

Tim Crockford, chairman of the Tory Reform Group, said: "The challenge before us is of course great and we must recognise it. It is not just about tackling emissions but realising that fundamentally we must change our habits and way of life."

He said people needed to live more sustainably, and not as consumers "endlessly devouring the resources of our planet".

And he said it was the Conservative Party which had the political will and radical thinking to make it possible for society to make the difficult transition to a greener way of life.

In the run up to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, some senior Tories have criticised efforts to tackle climate change, questioning the science of manmade global warming or the costs of reducing emissions.

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