If you did not have a world meeting of leaders to thrash out an agreement on how to tackle the biggest threat facing us today, then we would be calling for one.

Of course, this is not all that is needed. Action is needed at every level, from reducing holiday flights to offsetting your essential flights with tree planting like I do, to increasing the insultation of our homes and putting solar panels on roofs where we can.

Councils have a big part to play as well, and this year at COP28 I worked as part of a team of different nations to ensure that was properly recognized and included in the final agreement. For the first time, we had a formal session specifically for local government to put forward our amendments and launch CHAMP, an agreement signed by 71 countries.

I represented the 130,000 councils across 40 countries of Europe – one million elected representatives – in the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). It is easy to criticise without knowing the details, and I am sure some were not doing the best they could, but for me from the inside, there was work to do and the Local Government team worked non-stop and very effectively to get the changes and to promote the good work of our councils.

To share good practice, I was asked to speak on what councils are doing to tackle climate change (highlighted on the Local Government Association climate change hub), on how councils finance tackling the climate crisis (using a CEMR research across Europe) and on how climate change impacts on mental health. I prepared and contributed on “Net zero cities” and “Decarbonization of transport”.

In addition, I learned about the fast moving technology of nuclear fusion which produces very little waste and saw the latest more efficient Chinese solar panels. That showed me that long term contracts in Lincolnshire will be quickly outdated with cleaner, cheaper alternatives.

So yes, I think in my case, my time working internationally on the greatest threat facing mankind was well spent.