22 January 2009
Richer countries must take responsibility for takling climate change
John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called on the world’s richest countries to take the lead on lowering carbon emissions.
Speaking during Environment Questions, Mr Barrett called on the Government to take the lead in persuading the biggest polluters that they needed to make the biggest cuts.
World leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to agree a successor to the Kyoto treaty. Disagreements over the role of developing countries in cutting emissions had threatened to derail talks.
Speaking in the Commons Chamber, John Barrett said:
“In his inaugural address, President Obama highlighted the need to roll back the spectre of a warming planet. Does the Minister agree with me that in order to make this a reality, the climate change conference in December must not be derailed by squabbles over what developing countries must do, but must accept the principle that the biggest emitters of CO2 over the last century, must bear the majority responsibility for carbon reductions.
Mr Barrett added:
“If we are serious about tackling climate change we need to cast aside self interest and accept that all countries have a stake in the problem, and that all must be part of the solution.”