The record temperatures in the UK this week have brought home to us the catastrophe of global warming and climate change.

The UK meteorological office had predicted 40 degree heat but perhaps not until 2050. So climate change is not some vague concept still over the horizon. It is here now.

It’s why we are seeing raging fires in France. Droughts and fires in California and Australia. It drives mass migration of humans to cooler parts of the world or from places where famine is exacerbated, so climate change affects our immigration and asylum policy.

It forces animal species up to higher ground where it is cooler, displacing existing species and forcing them to near extinction: something David Attenborough described as ‘the escalator of death’.

This is not just a climate crisis, but a biodiversity crisis.

The big question is, what do we do about it? Well, first we dismiss the crackpots who suggest that there is no crisis, that human-caused global heating is not a problem.

And secondly we have to accept that every little helps, that all of us have a small role to play. We all have to accept a change in lifestyle.

It means driving less and switching to electric vehicles. Which is easier said than done when the cost of living crisis is so severe.

It means taking public transport instead of driving. Which is easier said than done when bus services have been so decimated over the last twelve years and we have the highest train fares per mile in Europe.

It means having a proper programme for insulating our homes to use less energy, which will cost billions and which only government can provide.

And it means a massive programme of new nuclear power generation and onshore wind generation, which is the cheapest, cleanest and quickest way to green energy. Some people say they don’t like the look of wind turbines. I prefer wind turbines to floods and fires.

Ian Yates and his Chester-based team have developed a phone app called Impact Score. It allows you to scan the bar codes of thousands of items in the supermarket to see how sustainable they are, and they recently won a national award for entrepreneurship that I had nominated them for. It allows us all to make choices on what we buy, based on sustainability criteria. Download it today and support this brilliant Chester business.

More flooding in the winter, more heatwaves in the summer. More extreme temperatures. Every one of us must play our part. It is still not too late.

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