The first step is for one country to make climate change the first item on the agenda of every meeting of its Parliament, Cabinet, regional and local government councils or assemblies, regardless of what these meetings have been arranged to discuss.
That will move climate change to the top of the agenda. It will be mocked by the few who still deny the science and welcomed by the many, including the vast majority of young people. Britain should be that country next year when it hosts COP26.
Broadcasters should lead every news bulletin with an item on climate change – regardless of what other stories are breaking. Channel Four might do this voluntarily. Even Sky News, after James Murdoch`s public criticism of his father`s approach to climate issues, might do it.
Schools should start every school day with a lesson on climate change – before the rest of the curriculum. Any who refuse to do so should submit their decision to a vote of their pupils, not their teachers or parents.
Universities and colleges should devote the first ten minutes of every lecture and tutorial to climate change – regardless of what course is being studies. Refuseniks should poll their students on the decision.
Business must be a partner in this process, not an opponent. Building on the work of the Carbon Disclosure Project and other initiatives which focus attention on business practices, WOCC will require all listed companies to have climate change audits to certify the carbon footprint of all their activities. These will take precedence over financial audits and report on energy use and efficiency, purchasing policy and transport usage.
The first item on the agenda of every board meeting of all listed companies should be climate change, how the company is meeting its annual carbon emissions budget and how quickly it is becoming a net zero business. The minutes of this agenda item should be published.
Regulations must be changed to promote investment in low carbon infrastructure. Land use planning approval of low carbon development projects must be almost automatic.