A Douglas Councillor has spoken of his anger after MHKs rejected a call to bring forward the gov’s zero carbon emissions target from 2050 to 2035.
Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper criticised the gov for a lack of action since it declared a climate emergency and said he had ‘absolutely no faith that an action plan that isn’t tied to something ambitious is going to be delivered’.
However, Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot, his CoMin colleagues and most of the Keys disagreed and voted to keep the target at 2050 by a margin of 17-7 against Mr Hooper.
Douglas Councillor Devon Watson (Manx Labour Party), criticised the decision by MHKs which he said ‘is directly against scientific advice of the IPCC and guarantees that we have less ambitious targets than nations with considerably few resources and opportunities to tackle this crisis’.
Councillor Watson added: ‘Immediately after this vote the chamber was joking and laughing over the fact that there was a defect in the voting system. The carelessness and callousness that was expressed by members as they voted against the future of the planet was almost unbelievable.
‘Most MHKs did not participate in the discussion. The vast majority of the discussion happened between six members. This means that the majority of the island was not represented in the most important discussion of our generation.
‘The non-participation of most members of Tynwald implies that most MHKs do not have an opinion on climate change, haven’t read the bill or are not informed on the science of the matter.’
He went on to say that with the CoMin block vote, ‘debate is largely inconsequential’ as the gov can ‘shove through anything they want and have regularly ignored straight forward questions given by members’.
Mr Watson also said: ‘The results of the climate change consultation were not reflected in the bill. No indication that public transport, fuel poverty, the biosphere or a just transition will be substantially and concretely improved in line with the wishes of the public.
‘I’m angry but not particularly surprised.’