A University of Plymouth academic has contributed to a new book highlighting the challenges faced in implementing effective climate policies.
Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis, published by OpenBook Publishers, takes a critical look at what has gone wrong during three decades of international climate debates and what need to be done to create more decisive action.
Released ahead of the COP26 conference, it features 28 essays written by leading and emerging scholars and climate activists from around the world.
Among the invited authors is Ian Bailey, Professor of Environmental Politics at the University and an expert in national and local climate politics and policy.
In his essay – Local Net Zero Emissions Plans: How Can National Governments Help? – he highlights the scale of support that currently exists for the climate emergency movement.
Since 2016, more than 2,000 local authorities across the world have declared a climate emergency, meaning more than 1.2 billion globally are living in regions where the urgency of taking action to address climate change has been appreciated.
In the UK, that includes more than 500 councils, covering more than 61 million people – the vast majority of the country’s population.
However, such commitments are not always receiving sufficient support from central governments, meaning many initiatives are not achieving their full potential.