@ParentsForFuture ... I appreciate your response. I was actually expecting to get 'flamed' over my remarks about SUVs. I'm afraid I can't look at the report on Facebook or follow you; my background is IT and I am far, far too suspicious to join any social media, even including LinkedIn. And I'm out of London on the 29th.
I've been interested in this for about 20 years. The earliest event I can remember was a lecture at the LSE in about 2003 by Sir David King, who was then the government's Chief Scientific Adviser. He predicted that the most visible impact on the UK would be flooding, and on Australia wildfires.
I find the subject both terrifying and because, of the intellectual challenges it poses, fascinating. One tough one to get one's head around is that the climate is NOT the same as the environment. For example, diesel cars are about 20% better for climate change than petrol, but worse in terms of particulate emissions. And the Danish EPA did a study on plastic bags which it helpfully published in English at https://www2.mst.dk/Udgiv/publications/ ... 4-73-4.pdf
. An organic cotton bag is 149 times worse for climate change than an LDPE plastic bag ie 149 LDPE plastic bags have the same carbon footprint as one organic cotton bag! The answer is actually to re-use LDPE bags.
Some other facts - the biggest exclusively renewable supplier of electricity in the UK is Shell Energy. BP is equipping all its forecourts with 150kW fast chargers to facilitate the roll out of EVs. And look at this absolutely fascinating trial going on right now https://hydeploy.co.uk/
again backed by fossil fuel companies. I'm not defending fossil fuel companies, and have no connection with them, but too many of the protests are too simplistic. Those companies have immense resources, expertise and knowledge, and need to be co-opted as part of the solution rather than being demonised.
I think one of the key lessons that children must be taught is that they are likely to have to resign themselves to a lower standard of living - it is inconceivable that we can continue consuming at the same rate whilst India, Africa and other places develop without wrecking the whole planet.
Over the years I've accumulated a lot about this. If you are interested in the views of an old man from a generation that has spent all the money, wrecked the environment and pushed house prices out of reach, then pm me!