XR challenges government climate change adviser over net zero ambitions

On Wednesday evening, senior figures from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and Extinction Rebellion (XR) went head to head on whether the UK should decarbonise sooner than 2050.

Climate scientist professor Corinne le Quéré, a member of the CCC and chair of its French equivalent said, “I hope we can get in position to strengthen the target” of reaching net zero within three decades.

The debate was held at the University of East Anglia, where her opponent Dr Rupert Read, one of the UK’s foremost philosophers, founding chair of the Green House thinktank and a spokesperson for XR, is also based. He backed full and urgent decarbonisation, arguing that the legal target is unsafe.

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