Floods: Top firms urge Government to act on climate change
Reacting to calls today [Thursday 27 February 2014] by leading UK companies for Westminster to act on climate change, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
"Our politicians cannot ignore the growing pressure for urgent cross-party action on flooding and climate change anymore – this crucial issue has been kicked into the long grass for far too long.
"With the floods already estimated to have cost the economy at least £600m, cutting flood defences is a false economy - and stopping climate change from getting worse is an absolute no-brainer.
"All parties must convert their recent warm words on climate change into rapid action - committing to flood defence spending that keeps pace with rising seas, and redoubling efforts to cut emissions by powering up with clean, renewable energy."
Notes to editors:
1. Leading businesses have a letter published in today’s FT saying that recent flooding emphasises the need to address climate change: http://www.aldersgategroup.org.uk/news/2014#businesses-write-to-ft-flooding-emphasises-need-to-address-climate-change
2. £600m figure = latest PwC estimate http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/feb/10/flooding-costs-one-billion-pounds-insurance-expert-warns-rising-premiums