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Climate Change: Just Cool It

Do you think the target of becoming ‘net-zero’ by 2045 is too ambitious, or not ambitious enough? Why?

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  • NAC worker / resident
    NAC worker / resident  • 2019-09-05 11:47:04

    I think the target is unachievable. As noted on the text at the beginning of the debate ''These experts have reported the world only has 11 years left to limit climate change before the damage to our planet is irreversible, therefore action must take place now.'' Why is there not a higher drive to ensure within the 11 years, as predicted that 'net-zero' is achieved. If the damage to our planet is already done and irreversible, granted we do not want to impact more, but should there not be a higher drive to ensure this does not happen. All Councils should be making it there target with the 11 years, then with all the changes, continuing to ensure no further damage is done.

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  • Scott ayrshire resident
    Scott ayrshire resident  • 2019-10-03 00:12:39

    Net zero: please be more specific in this! Let us start with the council outlining clearly the changes they will be making and when within their infrastructure before inviting! the public onboard

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  • George Kyle
    George Kyle  • 2019-10-01 17:34:57

    Not nearly ambitious enough !
    There is much much more the council can do immediately as the council can force new planning through - the planning can make vast changes eg. Every house new or existing, private or council could have the maximum possible number of solar panels installed, wind and wave power can also be increased/supported. Local food production should be promoted by the councils procurement policies. Many more things the council can influence or directly act on

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  • hannah
    hannah  • 2019-09-12 09:28:47

    not ambitious enough - not at all - i don’t understand why it would take that long. it was stated that we had 11 years before damage is irreversible (it’s thought it’s only actually a matter of months!!!!) why would we delay going net zero 15 years after it’s too late?!? that doesn’t make sense

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  • naomi
    naomi  • 2019-09-10 15:00:04

    Nowhere near ambitious enough. We must listen to the scientific community and read between the lines. We must make it an absolute priority above everything else. Actually nothing else matters at all if we don't have a livable planet it's as simple as that.

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  • Fiona W
    Fiona W  • 2019-10-31 13:41:16

    This is not ambitiuos enough. The IPCC say that we need to take action to to drastically cut greenhouse gases by 2030 in order to stop global temperatures increasing by 1.5 degrees so 2045 is 15 years too late!

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  • ProfessorBarney
    ProfessorBarney  • 2019-10-07 13:45:45

    Personally I think it's possible for North Ayrshire to achieve net-zero carbon within this timescale but only by displacing emissions to elsewhere. You could e.g. insist that only electric cars are allowed to be used - but where does the electricity come from to charge them when currently more than 60% is generated with fossil fuels? You could insist that only renewables are used to provide the electricity for the cars, so we build loads more wind turbines. Of course these wind turbines take energy to make, so someone needs to calculate how much so that we understand whether the turbines themselves (including the rare-earth metals used in the generators) are carbon-neutral and over what lifespan. Then we run into the problem of what would provide the coreload (I haven't considered nuclear at this point). We haven't built anywhere near enough storage capacity for when we really, really need it and building all these battery banks and inverters will take... that's right, energy.

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  • John H
    John H  • 2019-10-03 00:42:23

    Given the timescales for the problem becoming irreversible, it is not ambitious enough. Unfortunately given the inability of NAC to develope strategies and approaches, coupled with only doing that for which external funding is available, it will be extremely ambitious for NAC.

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