It’s great news that Three Rivers council, under the helm of Cllr Sara Bedford, has approved a climate change motion that implores them to work with businesses and communities to find ways to improve the local environment.

We have just remembered D-Day, but the greatest battle is the one facing the future of mankind on this planet.

If we are ever going to win it, there has to be a co-ordinated approach: everyone has to be involved and engaged.

Be it cutting down on waste by buying items with the least packaging, saving energy in the home by switching to LED lighting, which uses a fraction of the power, walking to work, cycling, or using public transport, we can all make a difference.

Figures released by none other than oil giant BP reveal that in 2018 global greenhouse gas emissions accelerated to their highest level yet.

Some will cite this as reason to do nothing, claiming any initiatives will be futile. And it is the case that while some countries are reducing their carbon footprint - such as the US, oddly enough others are increasing.

But someone has to take the lead and this great country of ours is no stranger to taking the world by storm, leading the way this millennium.

Theresa May has just pledged to cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, which may go down as the greatest epitaph of her premiership.

But the laudable rhetoric has to be backed up genuine action on the ground - not just paying to pollute by buying carbon credits. Because this is a war with a difference: there are no allies nor enemies, everyone must be involved as we are all in it together.

Dave Degen

Whippendell Road, Watford