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Hold that veggie burger! We don’t need to turn vegan, stop flying or sell the car to tackle climate change after all

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21.08.2021

Just as thousands of climate change crackpots prepare to join Extinction Rebellion (XR) for a fortnight of disruption in the City of London financial district next week, the thinking behind their protests has been dealt a body blow.

In words I never thought I’d write, it’s thanks to a report out today from the grandly titled Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, which finds that reaching the much-heralded net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 is not going to be that arduous after all. Stand down climate warriors! Your presence here is no longer required.

The ‘Planes, Homes and Automobiles’ report’s authors, Tim Lord and Brett Meyer, suggest that smaller, individual targets around how often we fly, drive our car and eat meat will have a much greater impact on achieving our climate goals than smashing up banks in London’s Square Mile, glueing yourself to street furniture or throwing bricks and bottles at the police.

They suggest that the political motives which influence outfits like XR actually put many people off subscribing to their side of the debate. The anti-capitalist ranting against financal institutions and big business, as if climate change is entirely their fault, is actually out of sync with the reality that we all need to change the way we behave – not massively, but every........

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