Shaping North Ayrshire process
I would take it with a pinch of salt: until i see all NAC senior members of staff cycling to work I will look on it as another ‘millennium bug’ type issue and ask myself “who is making money out of all this”. Emergency for the underclasses.
I am happy that it is on the radar. I do however have concerns over what North Ayrshire will actually do. To be frank, they are not well known for developing plans and strategies. The usual approach is to wait and see what the government are handing out funding for, and thats what they will do - nothing else. So I feel a bit concerned about what North Ayrshire will contribute.
Declaring a "climate emergency" is all well and good - but it is very easy for a council to write up a statement. Sound bites, quotes are a great way of looking like they are doing something. Do you all genuinely think that NAC is seing this as serious? What substantial changes, implementations have the council introduced to tackle its environmental impact? What plans are they introducing that DRASTICALLY challenge the behaviours and attitudes of its residents? Words are well intentioned, i'm sure; but until we see concrete, radical actions from NAC, then that is all they will be: hollow soundbites that appease the popular demand.
It sound alarmist, but when you consider how much we need to do to change our way of life to make a real difference to our CO2 output, and how little time there may be before we reach a "tipping point" you realise that this is an emergency.
That something need to be done now and that this is a serious issue
Over the top. 60 years ago scientists were saying we were coming to the end of an interglacial warm period, ice shadows in Canada were lasting longer and we were heading for another ice age. Perhaps our "global warming" averted the next ice age.I read that 2k years ago Orkney islanders caught and ate sea bream because the seas were warmer then. Also in Roman times i read that there were vinyards in Britain because it was warmer then.
Honestly? I read it as a 'licence to print money'. I can see whole teams of consultants being employed doing calculations and other teams checking bins and driveways before sending out fines for non-compliance, meanwhile, in China...
I feel very concerned because although it wont affect me directly in what's left of my lifetime, I am concerned for future generations - my grandchildren for example.
It is so serious I am glad it is seen as an emergency. Calling it an emergency things can be done quickly without necessarily going through hoops. Also an emergency means unpopular decisions can be made for the greater good, and that politics doesn't come into decisions.
it makes me think the issue is being taken seriously and with a sense of urgency