David Drew MP - Labour's Green New Deal sets out urgent programme for rapid decarbonisation
The decision of the Supreme Court on Tuesday may be momentous – but it was not the only decision made that day that will have an impact on our future.
On the same day, Labour agreed to back the Green New Deal, which includes a commitment to decarbonise Britain faster.
The newly adopted Green New Deal speeds up Labour’s response to the climate crisis and sets out a commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
The transformational programme involves ‘green’ jobs, rapid decarbonisation, public ownership and environmentally friendly public transport.
Labour is also now committed to a Green Industrial Revolution, which will deliver clean energy as well as create jobs and reduce our climate impact.
That detailed plan includes: Creating more than 400,000 sustainable jobs; installing solar panels on nearly two million homes; building public transport across the country; making sure 60% of the UK’s electricity and heat comes from clean, renewable and low carbon sources by 2030; and a new Clean Air Act to tackle air pollution.
I saw for myself how deeply Stroud people of all ages care about the planet and future generations when I joined the march for the climate on Friday.
Last year’s IPCC report could not have been clearer: we have only 12 years to take real action. That doesn’t mean 12 years of discussing whether we really need to do something
The commitment of Stroud people to a greener, fairer future is clear, and now we need to take this vision across the UK. It’s a vision which not only promises real action to reduce our carbon emissions, but can also create a healthier, fairer society for us all.