Alok Sharma -
COP26 President -
Alok Sharma is president of the UN COP26 climate conference, which takes place in Glasgow in November.
He had also been business secretary until January, when he left the role to focus full-time on the summit.
The MP for Reading West backed Boris Johnson for prime minister and joined the cabinet in July 2019.
Prior to being elected in 2010, he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in banking.
that thumb their noses at climate change, such as to increase
harmful pollution, might have to face criminal prosecution via
the International Criminal Court, and the tenets of the Rome
Statute of 1998. Whereby it is a criminal offence to cause hurt
to another human, from your actions or failure to act to prevent
Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his
24 cabinet members on Wednesday (15 September 2021), removing several key ministers.
in the other posts? Below is a guide to the people that make up Mr
Johnson's cabinet, with the latest new faces. The burning question is, will it
make any difference to Britain's performance on the world climate stage. Or
will they be feathering their nests and fiddling on their violins, while the
Following the abysmal result from COP26, all that can be said
is, the cabinet need to scratch their heads a little more, stop taking
second jobs - that deprives their constituents of MP time, or time that
should be spent thinking on COP27 (set for Egypt) and saving lives. And of
course, developing a sustainable
Accordingly, the countries assume commitments to build up efforts for reduction of
energy consumption based on unabated coal and abandonment of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.
Nearly 200 countries have made an unprecedented and historic pledge to speed up the end of fossil fuel subsidies and coal at the COP26 climate summit, where India pushed through an 11th hour intervention to weaken the language on coal.
So nailing their colours to the mast.
Crucially, despite almost a fortnight’s negotiations that ran more than 24 hours late, the 196 countries meeting in Glasgow committed to issuing stronger 2030 climate plans next year in a bid to avert dangerous
Pledges at COP26 are expected to see Earth warm 2.4°C this century, better than the predicted 2.7°C predicted before the summit but still a rise that would bring extreme climate impacts and see countries overshoot their shared goals of 1.5°C and “well below” 2°C.
The promise to “revisit and strengthen” new plans by the end of 2022 means the UK government hosting the summit can credibly claim to have delivered its aim of “keeping alive” the 1.5°C target. “It is a big moment,” says Chris Stark of the
Climate Change Committee, an
independent group that advises the UK government.
Fresh plans submitted next year for curbing emissions in 2030 must be aligned with the 1.5°C goal, an important new requirement that means those governments who fall short will have to justify why to their citizens. Australia,
Indonesia are among many countries whose existing plans are inadequate and will need to be strengthened.
Until today, coal and fossil fuel subsidies have never been explicitly mentioned in 26 years of treaties and decisions at UN climate talks, despite coal being one of the key drivers of global warming and $5.9 trillion of subsidies being given annually to coal,
oil and gas.
The language in COP26’s final decision text, now known as the Glasgow Climate
Pact, sees countries agree to “accelerating efforts” on the phase-out of “inefficient” subsidies. In a dramatic last-minute intervention, minutes before the outcome was adopted, India proposed a watered-down version of the language on coal, changing “phasing down” of
coal rather than “phasing out.”
DIRTIEST DOZEN G20 - COAL, GAS & OIL GUZZLERS - COP OUTS.
von der Leyen
Mohammed bin Salman
abusers will say they had no choice. They needed to keep
burning coal, gas
and oil for their economies - just like the camp guards at the
many concentration camps in WWII, they were forced into business as
usual. In the case of the camp guards, they argued they were
just following orders. But that is not true. We all have
choices. There are clean alternatives, such as solar
power. There is no need to keep building coal
generating stations, and no need to drive carcinogenic petrol
or diesel vehicles that contribute
to between 7-8 million deaths a year from lung
cancer. We have hydrogenfuel
you are going to increase electricity capacity, it makes sense
to invest in renewable
energy, unless it is that the fossil
fuel giants are lubricating the works with party
If that is the case, we say that such contributions should be
transparently declared, that the public is informed as to what
is guiding policy decisions.
Note: BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) is a term widely used in the UK to describe people of non-white descent, as defined by the Institute of Race Relations.
The make-up of the cabinet has also changed with all the comings and
goings. There are two more women then there had been before the reshuffle, but the proportion has stayed about the same because the overall number of people attending cabinet has also increased slightly.
As for the education of those now in cabinet, about 63% of them went to private schools, down slightly when compared to Mr Johnson's previous reshuffle last year - but still a stark contrast to his
predecessor's. Just 30% of Theresa May's first cabinet in 2016 attended independent schools, which was fewer than both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's original cabinets.
According to the Sutton Trust social mobility charity, every prime minister since 1937 who attended university was educated at Oxford - except for Mr
Brown. At 43%, Mr Johnson's new cabinet has slightly fewer members who were educated at Oxford or Cambridge compared to his last reshuffle - but it's still more than double what is was in Tony Blair's first cabinet in 1997.
is no fault of Bozo, that Australia, China, India, Russia and
USA have refused to cease using coal in the near future (2030-
2040), but they did sign the Glasgow
Those countries with
fool policies are too
entrenched in carcinogenic fuels to save around two hundred and
forty 240,000,000 million lives from 2030 to 2050. This figure
is based on current death statistics from lung cancer and
related respiratory diseases, that are likely to rise as earth's
temperature increases. This does not include projected deaths
from heat stroke, starvation, thirst and displacement.