Climate change: 'Let's have calm analysis of the facts without hysteria from either side'

By TalkTV's Rosanna Lockwood

Net Zero - when I say those words, what do you think?

Do you think 'Yeah, cool, something we’ve all got to do to save the planet?' Or do you think 'Nonsense, a sham, a lie we’re being sold that’s going to make us all poorer?'

We have the same fiery debates about climate change every summer now, when we witness more wildfires and heatwaves around the world.

I know it’s pouring with rain in the UK at the moment and it feels more like autumn. And what about historical weather patterns and El Nino - charts we can point to, to reassure ourselves this is all hokum, and par for the course?

Because who really wants to believe that we’re making the planet un-inhabitable through our actions through burning fossil fuels into the atmosphere for years and years? When top scientists have been telling us for years that it’s a one-way ticket to disaster?

Because it doesn’t feel nice to admit that does it? It’s scary, quite frankly. And it means we’re all somehow at fault, for driving cars, and taking planes, and eating intensively farmed food.

And we’re all just trying to live a nice life aren’t we - we only have a short time here. And things were seemingly fine up until to a few years ago.

Some people are struggling to pay rent, and there’s a housing crisis, and the cost of basic food items is through the roof.

So it’s easier to just call the Net Zero stuff bogus, or a scam, or even a conspiracy - to control the way we live. But I am not going to insult your intelligence like that.

I know you know there’s a difference between global climate change, and daily weather patterns in Britain. And I know a lot of your care about it, even if just a little bit.

In Britain, I would say we are generally good at doing our part - taking out the recycling, listening to scientists, doing what we can, thinking of others.

That being said - most of us want to keep taking planes to go on holiday, to escape this wet little island, me included. And we want to keep driving our much-loved cars.

And I think that’s where a lot of this fiery debate comes from - we feel attacked for our choices, so we find a narrative that makes us feel better.

I am not here to make you feel better or worse about those choices. I am in exactly the same boat as you. I just think we need to find a way to live with all this, while not choosing to be stupid because we don’t like the truth.

If we can have some calm analysis of the facts, without hysteria from either side (Just Stop Oil or the anti-Net Zero brigade). If we can all stop attacking each other for the decisions we are making,

Then we can all be better informed, make the choices we want, and keep an eye on the future we’re leaving behind.

I just think we would all appreciate that.