On Wednesday 1st May, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party put to the House of Commons that a Climate Emergency must be called.
The debate was called after recent protests, including the school climate strikes and Extinction Rebellion. Their recent activity in London saw closed roads and bridges, bringing thousands of peacefull activists standing up for the planet, as well as global protests in many different countries, all calling for the same action.
MPs endorsed the motion, with 'Jeremy Corbyn hailing the move as a necessary response to the recent protests'.1
Corbyn told MPs that current trends showed the point of zero net emissions would not be reached until the end of the century, by which time “our grandchildren will be fighting for survival on a dying planet.” He also said that this decision, to pass a motion without vote “can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe”.1
“Are we content to hand down a broken planet to our children? That is the question members must ask themselves today. We have the chance to act before it’s too late. It’s a chance that won’t be available to succeeding generations. It is our historic duty to take it.” Corbyn.1
The environment secretary, Michael Gove, representing the Government, said he accepted “that the situation we face is an emergency”, and called for a consensual, cross-party approach so the UK could take a lead on climate action.
Both Corbyn and Gove met with young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg last week to discuss the climate crisis.
In a statement after the debate, Corbyn said: “We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis.”1
Conservative MPs have been told not to oppose the motion.