French President, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to make France a model in the fight against climate change. This was announced at the Davos talks of the World Economic Forum. However, France only produces one per cent of its energy from coal-fired power stations, so it is not such a big deal for them. The full story can be found in The Independent on 24th January 2018:
Emmanuel Macron at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland
Macron’s speech was delivered in both English and French and, according to Quartz, was the longest speech there. A fuller analysis of what he said there can be found at:
I find it truly challenging that Macron should have the vision to encourage France to lead the way in addressing climate change. In my book, Three Generations Left: Human Activity and the Destruction of the Planet, I point out that Britain should be the country leading the way, as we were the first country to industrialise – one of the factors that has led to the situation the world is in now, with global warming at alarming levels.
The global scene is an interesting one right now. The writer of the Independent article cited above points out that President Trump was saying the opposite to Macron for the USA. Many people across the globe are applauding Macron and others who are speaking out on the issue. We are at a watershed time.