I find I’ve become the sort of curmudgeon who moans incessantly about the local council. It’s come to this.
Warrington Borough Council’s latest wheeze is to appoint a ‘Climate Change Manager’, at the same time as they are withdrawing services such as buses, parks maintenance and bin collections. The underlying problem with this is that he or she will be able to achieve bugger all because decisions about the climate can only be taken on a global scale. It’s a great example of an organisation failing to focus on the things it can achieve.
For example, it was reported today that global CO2 emissions did not fall last year as predicted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Any CO2 cuts due to the recession were offset by strong emission increases in China and India. In OECD countries, the economic crisis led to a 7% drop in emissions in 2009. But at the same time, emissions in China and India increased by 9 and 6% respectively. This is the first time since 1992 that a global recession did not lead to a reduction in emissions.
I’m going to write to the Climate Change Manager to see what he or she is going to do about it. I’d like to see Warrington apply some pressure on China to fall in line. Hold on.