My thoughts like your thoughts have been with our French neighbours this week. The spontaneous acts of solidarity around the free world speak of a unity of spirit. A spirit that is united against the infusion of fear and hatred that the perpetrators of the atrocities in Paris on Friday night want to achieve.
It is vitally important that we do not succumb to the hatred and division that those responsible for these and other recent terrorist attacks on democratic nations incite. Our democracy is well worth defending against the barbaric forces of so called ISIL who want to snuff it out altogether. Along with my colleagues, I will be working hard to redouble our efforts to protect our citizens at home and abroad while ensuring our response to recent events is motivated by the desire to bring peace to Syria, Iraq and the wider region.
While our thoughts remain with those grieving in Paris, local people are planning their journeys to the UN Climate Change Summit there later this month. Last week, I met supporters of Climate Vision and received the Climate Logic Report that sets out the results of the enormously successful, local, campaign which clearly shows that by taking part in ten straightforward pledges individuals can collectively make a huge difference in reducing carbon and at the same time boost their health, the local economy and community spirit.
Sometimes people tell me that they think that the actions of an individual or even our nation won’t make a difference to preventing man made climate change. I found taking part in the 10 straightforward pledges can be fun and certainly isn’t too difficult. This local work proves an individual and a community working together can make a really positive difference to what is a major global challenge.