Comment on Sir Crispin Tickell

The diplomat and environmentalist Sir Crispin Tickell has died at the age of 91.

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on the news that diplomat and environmentalist Sir Crispin Tickell, who sat on the ECIU Advisory Board, has died at the age of 91, Richard Black, Senior Associate, said: "Sir Crispin Tickell’s influence on how the UK and indeed the world approaches climate change was far greater than his public profile.

Sir Crispin was a lifelong supporter of environmental issues.

"In the 1980s he introduced the issue to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who, as a former scientist, concluded that climate change posed a serious global threat to which the UK should play a leading role in responding. Her speech to the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, which Sir Crispin had a central role in conceiving, elevated climate change, ozone depletion and other environmental issues in the international arena and helped usher in the UN climate convention in 1992. In the UK the continuing consensus on the need to cut carbon emissions and support climate science owes much to his vision.

"At ECIU we were honoured to include Sir Crispin on our Advisory Board from its launch until 2019, and benefited greatly from his wisdom, intelligence and experience, while also enjoying his dry sense of humour. He will be much missed."