Gordon Brown is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was previously ‘Chancellor of the Exchequer’, during which time he “presided over the longest ever period of growth…[He] delivered an agreement at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005 to support the world’s poorest countries and tackle climate change” – Source. He has taken an aggressive stance as Prime Minister against those who do not believe in climate change, calling them “flat-earthers” and “anti-science”. During the run-up to the Copenhagen summit, Brown emphasized the importance that action must be taken to save the planet immediately, or we will face irreversible consequences.
- “If we miss this opportunity, there will be no second chance sometime in the future, no later way to undo the catastrophic damage to the environment we will cause…As scientists spell out the mounting evidence both of the climate change already occurring and of the threat it poses in the future, we cannot allow the negotiations to run out of time simply for lack of attention. Failure would be unforgivable.” – Source
- “The U.K. government has set out our proposals for an agreement that is ambitious, effective, and fair. Ambitious in that it must put the world on a path to limiting the average global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius…” – Source
- “If we do not reach a deal at this time, let us be in no doubt: once the damage from unchecked emissions growth is done, no retrospective global agreement in some future period can undo that choice…By then it will be irretrievably too late. So we should never allow ourselves to lose sight of the catastrophe we face if present warming trends continue.” – Source
- “With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn’t be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. We know the science. We know what we must do.” – Source
- “…in just twenty-five years the glaciers in the Himalayas which provide water for three quarters of a billion people could disappear entirely.” – Said in first video below at 56 seconds
I am unfamiliar with the British system and do not know what legislation Brown has supported. If anyone wants to research it and let me know I’d appreciate it.