2020 has been a year of unprecedented peacetime challenge for our country. And coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on our society and on our economy, including in Reading. My thoughts are very much with the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives, which is a reminder to us as to why the Government is taking action to stop the spread of this virus and save lives.
Tackling climate change is no easy feat. But I firmly believe that the way to achieve real, long-term change is not by gluing yourself to buildings or by disrupting people’s lives, as some activists choose to do. There are ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions whilst growing our economy - and in doing so benefit everyone in the short, as well as long term.
This week in Parliament I was delighted to speak at the launch of the Climate Assembly UK’s report, The Path to Net Zero. The report is the result of five months of discussion by selected members of the public on how they think the UK should tackle climate change.