Greenpeace reacts to Labour’s declaration of a climate emergency

By agency reporter
March 29, 2019

Speaking in the House of Commons on 28 March 2019, at DEFRA oral questions, the Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman, announced that the Labour party was declaring a "national environment and climate emergency".

Commenting on the declaration, Mel Evans, Senior Climate Campaigner of Greenpeace UK, said: It’s clearly significant that Labour are declaring a climate emergency and we’d urge the government and other major parties follow suit. No UK politicians can now ignore the growing public demand for immediate, radical action. A climate emergency can’t just be a slogan so the key question remains – what are Labour going to do about it?

"To live up to the challenges of the climate emergency Labour’s strong rhetoric must be matched with ambitious policies. From halting all new coal, oil and gas development and quitting Heathrow expansion, to committing to planting 30 million trees per year, climate emergency policies will require some bold actions from Labour. Anything less will fail to truly get to grips with the realities of the climate and environmental emergency."

* Greenpeace UK https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/

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