Parliament has voted to acknowledge that climate change and environmental degradation are an emergency. This is important. I have been demanding the government take this step for some time.

But the big question is whether the government will now turn this commitment into action. I recently asked Transport Secretary Chris Grayling whether he will ensure that major new roads have bike lanes, and new housing is built with electric vehicle charging points.

The non-answer I received did not sound like a response to an emergency. But regardless of what the minister thinks, the tide is turning. Recent protests and school strikes are part of growing public awareness and support for action on climate change. This gives me hope.

Parliament has voted to acknowledge that climate change and environmental degradation are an emergency. This is important. I have been demanding the government take this step for some time.But the big question is whether the government will now turn this commitment into action. I recently asked Transport Secretary Chris Grayling whether he will ensure that major new roads have bike lanes, and new housing is built with electric vehicle charging points.The non-answer I received did not sound like a response to an emergency. But regardless of what the minister thinks, the tide is turning. Recent protests and school strikes are part of growing public awareness and support for action on climate change. This gives me hope.

Posted by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West on Thursday, May 30, 2019

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