It's time to demand a Climate Budget

Henry Chown

20 January 2016

At the Paris Climate Talks the UK joined 195 countries in pledging to try to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees.

Action has to start now. Big decisions will have to be made differently by all governments, in particular rich nations like the UK. 

George Osborne’s Budget on 16 March is the first big UK political moment since Paris.

The Chancellor has repeatedly been a  block to the green economy. He's slashed vital solar subsidies, costing thousands of jobs, and he's provided huge tax breaks for fossil fuels such as North Sea oil and gas.

Now he must give us a Budget that delivers on the Government’s climate promises.

Instead of making excuses tomorrow to our children and grandchildren, we should be taking action against climate change today

David Cameron, Paris, December 2015

The ‘Climate Budget’

George Osborne’s 2016 Budget must pledge:                         

  • More flood defence spending.
  • An end to tax breaks for fracking and all fossil fuel subsidies.
  • Proper support for renewable energy.
  • Insulation for our leaky homes.
  • To lead the world in green finance.
  • To build infrastructure that helps cut emissions.
  • Big investment in clean technology.
  • Industrial strategies to make heavy industry ultra-efficient.
  • Support for communities hit by the decline of fossil fuels.

We're really grateful to the thousands of you took action and emailed the Chancellor to demand a Climate Budget. We will keep up the pressure over the coming weeks. In the meantime you might like to read David Powell's blog "Dear George: We need to talk about Paris".