The problems are global

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I am writing in response to a letter by Henry Pearce ,of UKIP, titled “Need to talk honestly” recently.

As the one who “provided the pseudo science”, I’d like to clarify some points for Mr Pearce.

Firstly, let’s be clear that an article published with the American National Academy of Science by researchers from Princeton, Harvard, and NASA, is by definition “science”.

A link to the publicly available research paper was included in the original article so that those sceptical may browse the paper themselves and personally review the scientific method.

Secondly, if you’re scared by predicted effects of the irresponsible attitude shown to our environment, then don’t ignore or dismiss it. In fact, the same projections predicting “a bit of flooding across the seafront car parks” also plunge the majority of the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and the cities of Beijing and Shanghai underwater, as well as parts of more than 100 UK constituencies.

While that is admittedly scary, it is completely true, it’s honest, it’s how it is.

Thirdly, you’ve emphasised the main point of the Green Party in saying: “It is people and their economic activity that create greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Green Party aims to stop economic activity from meaning more greenhouse gases, irrespective of borders, and we agree that an economy based on growth is not a sustainable one.

Global population is indeed also a factor in greenhouse gases, just don’t confuse migrants for newborns. Stopping already-existing people entering the UK does nothing; they’re still affecting the global climate, including us, from over the border in another economy.

Instead, we must eradicate pollution from economic activity by using electricity from renewable resources, using clean-powered transport, and manufacturing using sustainable sources.

Finally, there are 160million people in Bangladesh, a commonwealth nation with British history.

For every Briton there are three Bangladeshis, and their entire country lies only a couple of meters above sea level.

When Shields’ car parks are flooded, Bangladesh will be gone, but not its people. Where does UKIP think they’ll all go if we let that happen?

Instead, consider dealing with global problems, not just national ones. We then won’t need to support others on our own soil when theirs is uninhabitable through war or climate change.

Daniel Routledge

Data Scientist, Green Party