When someone in the future finally sits down to write how climate change in the UK occurred over time, one thing that will be noted about the last several months is that it was the moment when the country’s consensus on the need to do something to build a green economy and tackle the threat of climate change fell apart.
It is clear at this moment in time that the UK does not yet have a strong green economy; but this is not a surprise when the government has had to shift its focus on simply getting through a double dip recession. On the other hand, there are a few advantages that have helped make the UK a more attractive area for green investors and businesses. For instance, the UK has some great renewable energy resources, has a great engineering skills base, and also has a strong science base.
The City of London also offers green businesses a large amount of financial and capital expertise. In addition, the political consensus on the need to do something about climate change is unified and strong, unlike other countries that waver in their belief that something needs to be done about climate change and global warming.
While the political leaders differ on what policies are the best choice for driving a future of green business, there is an agreement that something needs to be done in order to preserve the global economy and to help make the world a better place (and livable place) for future generations.
This along with the Climate Change Act should help to create the foundation for many great green policies that hopefully will help make the green economy a fast growing sector in the business world.