I kicked off Prime Minister’s Questions this week by asking Theresa May whether she agreed that the new Prime Minister – whoever he is – should introduce an Environment and Climate Change bill as their first action in government.

The Prime Minister agreed with me that halting climate change and protecting global biodiversity makes the world safer, more beautiful and sustainable for our children and grandchildren. But despite thousands of people gathering outside Parliament to demand detailed action on climate change, Theresa May dismissed my call for more concrete proposals on how the UK will act to reduce our carbon emissions and protect our planet for future generations.

Where Labour have led on climate change, the Tories have followed. Earlier this year, Labour successfully got Parliament to declare a climate change emergency. And on Monday, Parliament legislated to back Labour’s call to reduce UK carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

But those aims have to be backed up by detail. And I am very critical of the way the government uses rhetoric to mask a lack of ambition and a lack of specific detail on how we will improve our environment. So I am outraged that Theresa May misleadingly suggested that the Labour Party in the House of Lords was trying to block the legislation to achieve net-zero by 2050. In fact, the Lords have tabled a ‘regret motion’ which outlines our disappointment that the government haven’t set out exactly how they will achieve this target!

We will not let the Tories get away with greenwashing rhetoric that is not supported by investment or detail In government, Labour would deliver a Green New Deal by instilling mitigation of climate change and developing sustainable jobs into the heart of government policy-making. And we are currently consulting on our proposed Green Industrial Revolution so we can spell out specifically how we will act to eliminate our carbon footprint and halt this impending climate change catastrophe.

To halt climate change, the new PM needs to back up words with actions

I kicked off Prime Minister’s Questions this week by asking Theresa May whether she agreed that the new Prime Minister – whoever he is – should introduce an Environment and Climate Change bill as their first action in government. The Prime Minister agreed with me that halting climate change and protecting global biodiversity makes the world safer, more beautiful and sustainable for our children and grandchildren. But despite thousands of people gathering outside Parliament to demand detailed action on climate change, Theresa May dismissed my call for more concrete proposals on how the UK will act to reduce our carbon emissions and protect our planet for future generations.I am particularly outraged that Theresa May misleadingly suggested that the Labour Party in the House of Lords was trying to block the legislation to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In fact, the Lords have tabled a ‘regret motion’ which outlines our disappointment that the government haven’t set out exactly how they will achieve this target!We will not let the Tories get away with greenwashing rhetoric that is not supported by investment or detail. I support Labour activists calls for a Green New Deal which would instil mitigation of climate change and the development of sustainable jobs into the heart of government policy-making. And Labour are currently consulting on our proposed Green Industrial Revolution so we can spell out specifically how we will act to eliminate our carbon footprint and halt this impending climate change catastrophe.

Posted by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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