I know from the emails and letters I receive, just how much people in Faversham and Mid Kent want to see action to tackle climate change.
Despite the challenges of getting international agreement, we’ve been able to make real progress at COP26 – from agreement on ending deforestation and cutting methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, to reducing coal power.
The Glasgow Climate Pact keeps alive the commitment to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees and protect our planet for future generations.
I was delighted to attend the summit as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – a role which includes helping the Government deliver on our Net Zero goals.
When the UK took on the COP26 Presidency, less than 30 percent of the global economy was covered by a Net Zero target. That figure is now 80 percent.
While international co-operation is crucial, everyone can help tackle climate change through our actions and decisions. That’s why I am supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging points in our towns and villages to help people switch to a greener car or van.
The clock is ticking, yet coming back from COP26 I feel optimistic. Whether it's the international agreements reached or the individual decisions so many people are making day to day to reduce their carbon footprints, I believe humanity can rise to this challenge.