By Paul Homewood
The UK’s first city mayor to declare a climate crisis has been questioned for flying nine hours to attend a conference to urge leaders to cut CO2.
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees told the TED conference in Canada that city mayors could influence carbon policy.
Climate campaigners Flight Free UK calculated the trip created 2.016 tonnes (2,016kg) of CO2 per passenger and was at odds with his message.
The mayor’s office said he had a full agenda with networking opportunities.
A spokesman said the mayor was invited at the expense of the TED organisation as a speaker to share ideas and help change attitudes.
Flight Free UK said Mr Rees flew some 4,600 miles (7,402km) each way in April to attend the annual TED conference held in Vancouver that he could have appeared at virtually.
Flight Free UK director Anna Hughes, said: “Bristol was the first place in the UK to declare a climate emergency, yet the mayor is acting completely at odds with this declaration.
“Faced with such a precarious climate situation, we need our leaders to demonstrate the kind of action we should all be taking, not flying to another continent to speak, ironically, about the climate emergency.
“Actions always speak louder than words, and in this post-pandemic age of online interactions, it would have been a much more powerful and effective statement to appear on screen.”
The Mayor’s main contribution to saving the planet has been to ban cars from the city centre in Bristol. Little wonder then that the voters there have decided to abolish the post of Mayor. They probably think local interests take priority over saving the world!
As Guido humorously points out:
“To be fair to Rees, he’s got to take advantage of all these flashy trips while he can; his own city voted to abolish the mayoralty earlier this month. Two more years and he’s out of a job.
Bristol’s own extinction rebellion…”
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MAY 30, 2022