So a lot has happened here in the UK in recent weeks, what with David Attenborough taking a big stand on the climate, Greta Thunberg’s visit, and Extinction Rebellion.
The zeitgeist has changed very quickly and politicians are finally responding.
We are hoping that there might be space for inclusion of unconditional support for ambitious ecodesign measures and Right to Repair, and a broader discussion about the need to promote the repair economy as “green jobs”.
Developments that we are tracking, and perhaps you are too? Perhaps this resonates with the situation in other European countries, even the US?
• Climate Emergency declared in Scotland, Wales, move for a Climate Emergency to be declared by Opposition today in the House of Commons - massive rally in Parliament square tonight
• Indications the government will move to amend the 2008 Climate Change Act to add binding net-zero emissions targets by 2050
• Cross Party Commons tabling of a Green New Deal “Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy Bill”
• IPPR Commission on Environmental Justice - focus on green jobs and a rapid transition, led by Caroline Lucas (Greens) and Ed Miliband (Labour)
• Greenpeace’s Climate Emergency Plan - with mention of resources, circular economy in the industry section
The Greens have been supportive since forever of the Right to Repair agenda and ecodesign. But we’ve had trouble getting through to Labour (via SERA) or the Conservatives (via CEN). We’ll be urgently in touch with connected policy friends to gauge whether some kind of push to include strong language on repair and reuse might work.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear your comments and ideas, event if you are outside of the UK.