Readers respond to an article by Rebecca Willis in which MPs agreed to speak candidly about climate change
Rebecca Willis has done a great service in confirming that there has long been a deeply rooted socially constructed silence on climate change among MPs (‘I don’t want to be seen as a zealot’: what MPs really think about the climate crisis, Long read, 21 May). However, there is a silence within that silence: namely the refusal of MPs who do engage with climate change to acknowledge it as first and foremost a global issue, and not merely an international or even national one.
It is no longer tenable for the world to rely solely on individual countries such as the UK to blaze trails towards net-zero emissions in the hope that others will voluntarily follow at their own pace. World leaders need to wake up to the looming security threats from burning fossil fuels (and forests) and start tackling them at their sources – in the first instance by setting enforceable controls on extraction of fossil fuels, akin to controls on nuclear arms.