Delicate challenges lie ahead in overcoming climate crisis - The Yorkshire Post says

Experts have long warned that the climate crisis poses the biggest threat to the planet, so Boris Johnson’s assertion to world leaders that 2021 must be the year to “get serious” feels like a statement of the obvious.

Boris Johnson. Picture: PA.

To be fair, though, it comes after the Prime Minister announced a renewed target for the UK to cut emissions by 78 per cent on 1990 levels by 2035.

This is coupled with efforts in the US, where President Joe Biden was expected during an Earth Day virtual summit yesterday to pledge to at least halve his nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 on 2005 levels.

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Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, says that our survival depends on “significant political will and action”.

What has perhaps always been just as uncomfortable is that the will and action of ordinary citizens is also crucial.

However, society has seen recent shifts in people’s everyday habits, one example being the more mainstream presence of veganism - a choice Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said he may take in future.

The independent Climate Change Committee has said meat consumption needs to be cut by 35 per cent.

Important though this is, the implications for industry cannot be underestimated.

Farming in Yorkshire and the Humber increased by 26 per cent between 2015 and 2019 to £452 million, though cereal farms made up 30 per cent of the region’s farmed land, DEFRA reported last month.

Still, it is overwhelming to think that harming this economy base is only one of many delicate challenges ahead, each one in turn due to have its own butterfly effect on society and livelihoods.