Climate change is an existential problem and we need to do something about it. Yes, I really do mean existential – the existence of humans is literally at risk.
I am proud that Labour takes climate change seriously. We have a strong history, demonstrated by the Climate Change Act 2008 that committed the UK government by law to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.
We were first government to commit to legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We need to be leaders again. The recent IPCC report has made it clear that reductions to be greater and sooner than was realised when this impressive law was enacted ten years ago.
A step in the right direction
Labour’s Environment Policy is a step in the right direction, based around three priorities:
- Preventing dangerous climate change and adapting to existing climate change
- Achieving high air and water quality
- Reversing the decline of biodiversity and protecting natural habitats
A leap is now needed
We now need to build upon Labour’s Green Transformation policy by committing to a Green New Deal for the UK.
As Labour members, we need to talk to our comrades about the urgency, get them involved, organise events to promote discussion, pass motions at our CLPs, lobby MP’s, councillors and PPCs to get on board. We need to utilise the democratic structures of our party and join Labour for a Green New Deal in making sure we take the big, necessary steps to transform society.
We need to be a hell of a lot more like this:
I’ve signed up to volunteer and I hope you will too.