Heather Preston of Premier Christian News writes that climate change advocacy group Green Christian encourages people to use more efficient ways to cool and heat homes, such as heat pumps, which are more efficient than traditional gas heating in the winter.
July has seen some of the warmest days on record, leading to a growing concern about the issue of climate change, with a marked increase in the number of natural disasters like wildfires.
A study into recent heatwaves from the World Weather Attribution (WWA) has linked the increase in global temperatures to man-made climate change, stating that the current temperatures would be “virtually impossible” without it. This month local records were broken across parts of Spain and Italy as temperatures neared Europe’s all-time record of 48.8 degrees Celsius. WWA scientists have warned that heatwaves will become more extreme unless we put an end to the burning of fossil fuels.
Echlin says the government needs to start prioritising big-scale renewable and alternative energy solutions: “Fossil fuels, as the UN chief says, have got to stay in the ground. The International Energy Agency said we can have no new fossil fuels after the end of 2021. It’s now 2023 and our government is still planning to drill for more oil, and to open a new coal mine,” she said.
On Monday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reiterated his commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, following calls from MPs to rethink green policies. The commitment ensures the UK reduces its greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. If met, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the UK would equal or outweigh the emissions the removed from the environment by the UK.
Heat pumps take heat from outside sources (such as the outside air) and transfer it into your home. They are a clean energy alternative to gas heating because they produce markedly more energy than they consume.
Echlin explains that the pump allows her to not be “responsible for emissions going out” of her home. “There’s lots of things we can all do – but we can’t do it on our own. We’ve got to also pressure our local authorities, our government and at an international level,” she added.