Labour leads debate in parliament today to declare climate emergency
Today, Labour will be leading a debate in the House of Commons calling for Parliament to declare an environment and climate emergency, and for the Government to take action commensurate with the emergency. This would be a world first, and see the UK leading the way.
Complacency about the UK’s limited progress on climate will have dire consequences for our society and the natural world.
But recent activism has been a wake-up call to that complacency and highlighted the need for rapid and dramatic action. It will take concerted government intervention through a Green Industrial Revolution to deliver the scale of change needed.
As well as tackling the environment and climate emergency, a Green Industrial Revolution will create hundreds of thousands of good jobs, transforming whole regions of the UK held back for decades.
Today, after Labour called for debate, MPs will debate this motion:
“That this House...
- declares an environment and climate emergency and resolves to act with commensurate urgency following the finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that to avoid more than 1.5°C of warming, global emissions would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050;
- recognises the devastating impact volatile and extreme weather will have on UK food production, water availability, public health, flooding and wildfire damage;
- calls on the Government to increase the ambition of the UK’s climate change targets under the Climate Change Act to achieve net zero emissions before 2050,
- to increase support for and set ambitious, short term targets for the rollout of renewable and low carbon energy and transport, and move swiftly to capture economic opportunities and green jobs in the low carbon economy while managing risks for workers and communities currently reliant on carbon intensive sectors;
- further notes that the UK is currently missing almost all of its biodiversity targets, with an alarming trend in species decline, and that cuts to Natural England of almost 50 percent are counterproductive to this end;
- and calls on the Government to bring to the House within the next six months a series of urgent measures to restore nature and move towards a circular, zero waste economy.”
I am hopeful that I will be able to contribute to the debate and will call for a new Climate Change Act and measures to promote a green economy