Alok Sharma our climate change Minister has flown to 30 different countries covering tens of thousands of miles over the past seven months to prepare the ground for the COP26 global environment summit this autumn.
There has been quite a hoo-ha about his actions which have been described as a tad hypocritical when telling the rest of us to try not to fly too often for the sake of the planet, he was also criticised for not quarantining having visited six countries which were on the UK’s red list.
Apparently he has a ministerial exemption from hotel quarantine and said that ministers conducting essential travel such as this are exempted from quarantine, as set out in the rules and this would also apply to his return from these countries.
He has secured ambitious action as a result of the discussions he has had and following his visit to Japan and South Korea the governments there committed to ambitious net zero targets, which was a key ask from the UK, although it doesn’t say how much success he has had with the more major polluters of the world.
This is all well and good but I notice that with all this travel he seems to have forgotten to visit the two top polluters of the world, China with more than 10.065 million tons of CO2 released and the United States with 5,416 million tons but I suppose he still has time for a flying visit.
In the meantime my addition to global warming was a visit at the weekend in my 1947 Bentley Mk VI to Brooklands in Weybridge, I think Grete Thunberg would have been proud of me, compared to Alok Sharma, I’m virtually saving the world single headedly.