Moving towards a carbon neutral economy
The Committee on Climate Change in the UK has recommended that Britain can cut emissions to 'nearly zero' by 2050.
The debate over how to tackle climate change is one that has been in the news a lot recently. With protestors making their case as to why we should declare a climate emergency. Whether a climate emergency is declared or not, Britain has been at forefront of reducing CO2 emissions over the last decade. Soon Britain will not burn coal for any of our energy whatsoever, coal being the worst emitter of CO2. The UK was a world leader when it introduced the Climate Change Act in 2008, which had cross party approval.
However, as the the Committee on Climate Change has pointed out, Britain can and should go further in our ambitions. And that is something that should be welcome, not just for the sake of fighting climate change but for the sake of our economy and health here at home. Already, statistics show that the cost of renewal energy has plummeted in the last ten years with renewable energy production now already beating fossil fuels like coal. In Britain on shore wind power is shown to be the cheapest form of renewable energy even taking into account the burning of gas for energy.
Even if you discount climate change, moving from a carbon based economy to a non-carbon economy makes sense both for our health and our wealth. Take cars, cars don't just release CO2, they also release pollutants that damage our health. It's why cities like London are having to introduce further restrictions on car driving in the city. With children in particular effected due to their growing lungs. Plus, the oil that is needed to make petroleum provides (incredible) amounts of cash to many unsavoury (understatement) regimes and individuals around the world. Wouldn't it be better to drive cars powered by electricity or hydrogen? Less pollution in the air effecting our health and billions more pounds kept in the country to help British businesses and individuals grow and prosper not sent away into the hands of anti-democratic regimes across the globe.
Handsome Fella is passionate about supporting local makers and creators here in the UK, working with businesses that help support local economies and make their products in an ethical and more sustainable way. We believe our economy, society and planet can all be made healthier and more wealthy if we move away from the traditional reliance on fossil fuels that damage the planet and send money to places we would rather not send it to. Moving towards a carbon neutral economy means creating more industries in Britain that support new jobs and economic opportunities for countless individuals and businesses in Britain while at the same time tackling climate change. We can even help to improve the world more so by taking money out of the hands of those who have gained should extraordinary wealth off the back of fossil fuels while crushing and restricting the rights and freedoms of their own people.
Here at Handsome Fella we believe in the transformation of our economy and society by moving towards a carbon neutral economy not by restricting economic opportunities and human agency but by unleashing the power of creativity and human genius.