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GLOBAL WARMING 101

  • Thanks to mankind, our planet is a bit f**ked

  • Global warming mechanics are simple: carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere traps heat, and the bigger the carbon dioxide build-up, the more heat is being trapped worldwide, causing the planet to warm

  • Forests store big chunks of carbon, but they’re being burned and cut down; and the ocean is soaking up a vast amount of heat and carbon dioxide, which it can’t absorb forever

 

“I WANT TO HELP, BUT I AM ONE PERSON LIVING ON A TINY ISLAND…”

  • Our little rock makes up less than 0.01% of the Earth’s total land area

  • But if the landmass of all 85 small countries that occupy less than 0.01% of the Earth’s total land area were combined, they’d be roughly the same size as JAPAN

  • So no excuses, our tiny Island can help to pack a punch against global warming

  • WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

 

SO WHAT ARE THE IOM DOING ABOUT IT?

  • To kick things off, the Chief Min recognised the CLIMATE EMERGENCY

  • We had to give ourselves some tough love as, unlike the UK, our emissions have not seen any decrease

  • Howard is now wearing a promise ring for mother nature, and that promise will climax in 2050 when the Island achieves net zero greenhouse gas emissions 

  • At a V high level the plan entails; A big fat emissions slash + lots and lots of new trees

  • Here’s a run through of the plan to make love to the planet;

    • 1st base = Tynwald taking it seriously 

    • 2nd base = Drafting a bill 

    • 3rd base = Getting the public involved 

    • 4th base = Taking it all the way to legislation

 

  • In June 2019, Tynwald voted unanimously to set up a dedicated “Climate Emergency Transformation Team”, led by an independent chair (1st Base)

*ENTER PROFESSOR JAMES CURRAN*

  • A nice-faced gentleman with a stellar beard and some cute square-shaped specs, he even has an MBE for his services to the environment

  • Prof Curran prepared a no BS, independent report and plan to achieve the net-zero goal by 2050

  • The report is 135-pages long, because we’re nice, we’ve summarised the highlights from Phase 1 of the Climate Action Plan;

    • 75% of the Island’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035

    • Fossil fuel heating appliances in new-build properties will be banned by 2025

    • 1000 acres of land with be restored in a series of peatland restoration projects 

    • 85,000 trees will be planted at Meary Veg 

    • A local carbon offsetting scheme will be established 

    • Green Tech will be encouraged, along with loads of other eco-friendly initiatives 

    • There’s £10 million in the pot to complete phase 1 of the action plan

  • Miss ‘Rona caused some challenges to progress, but there were lots of positive climate positives from lockdown. e.g. we travelled A LOT less 

  • In July a draft Climate Change Bill was presented in Tynwald (2nd Base), and subsequently the public consultation on the Bill commenced (3rd Base)

 

IN CLOSING

  • The overarching aim is to implement the Climate Change Bill ASAP (4th base)

  • Gov also want to deliver Phase 1 of the action plan; A big fat emissions slash + lots and lots of new trees

  • And a new ‘green team’ will develop the climate action plan for the next 5 years in Phase 2, which charts the route to 2050

Underpinning all of this will be us, THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC. 

Climate change is a huge issue that affects all of us. Without getting preachy, we need to be actively engaged, communicating our points of view, and educating ourselves on the small steps we can take now to kick-start the initiative.  

If you’d like to find out more, you can contact the climate change team visit http://www.gov.im/climatechangeIOM