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Parents for a Future author Rupert Read urged Britons to make the UK ‘big again’ by leading the world on climate action, rather than blaming big polluting countries like China. It happened as Cop26, the climate summit, is fast approaching.
Speaking to GB News, author Rupert Read said, “Let me respond to the point about China.
“I think it’s really important that whenever China is brought up in this conversation, we make it very clear that the main reason China is such a big polluter is because it produces a tremendous amount of consumer goods, for us, for us in the Global North.
“So it really won’t be good for us to try to externalize the blame on China.
“The responsibility starts here in countries like ours.”
He continued, “And really what we have to do at this point in history is we have to lead.
“People who want to blame China or Russia, it seems to me that they really seem to abdicate responsibility for what we can do to improve the situation.
“So in a country like ours, we could lead the world in terms of change, making the kinds of changes that are needed.
“But instead, unfortunately, what we’re doing is things like having new coal mines, having HS2, having a huge road building program, having a new oil field developed.”
“These are all things that are happening in Britain right now.
“So what I’m saying is Britain is going to be awesome again.
“So let’s really lead on this issue and not try to distract from talking about what other countries can and cannot do. “
Cop26 takes place in Glasgow at the end of this month.
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Leaders from around the world will meet to discuss how to minimize global temperature rises caused by human activity.
China has been the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases (responsible for rising temperatures) for a decade, largely because of its dependence on coal.
However, sources have confirmed that President Xi Jinping will not attend Cop26.
It is believed he has not left China since early 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.