Your headline ‘County scores well on climate – but more to be done’ (Echo October 8) accurately summed up the Friends of the Earth report on how councils are performing regarding the climate emergency.

There is indeed more to be done, much much much more.

The devil is in the detail, as revealed by a close look at the necessary scale of change needed in order to achieve the 2030 targets necessary to keep global temperature rise below 1.5c.

On housing, currently about 800 Dorset properties have eco-heating such as heat pumps, but there need to be almost 5,800 installed per year.

Dorset currently has about 12 per cent by area of tree cover with a target double this.

The 248 megawatts of renewable power currently in Dorset needs to more than double to over 670 megawatts by 2030.

Dorset reuses, recycles and composts 60 per cent of its household waste (compared to the best figure of 72 per cent in similar local authorities).

The target should be 100 per cent, ie. zero waste by 2030.

Ceasing support for new road building, more electric vehicle charging points, insulating thousands of homes, dramatically improving public transport – I could go on.

The members of Dorset Council’s climate change executive advisory panel will certainly have their work cut out in order to reach these targets.

But failure is not an option if we are to ensure climate stability for our children and grandchildren.

Some of the changes the council will have to introduce may well appear unpalatable or inconvenient at first sight.

But everyone, young and old alike, must support these changes, for we are all in this together.

After all there is no Planet B to retire to should we fail.

Dr Graham Lambert


Gypsy Lane,