I’ve recently met many school students, including those at St Bonaventure’s Primary School and at the School Strike for Climate demonstration in the centre of Bristol, who have demanded that the government makes climate change a top priority.

One way of doing this, and suggested by students, is for the government to bring back a separate Department for Climate Change, rather than have responsibility for climate change thrown into the mix with other issues in the complex Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I believe this would help the government to focus more clearly on tackling our climate crisis.

On Thursday 26 September I directly urged Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Andrea Leadsom to ask the Prime Minister to bring back the Department of Climate Change. A simple question that prompted a negative response.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change was created in 2008 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take over responsibility for climate change from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

It was closed down by Theresa May in July 2016 and responsibility for climate change was given to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Calling for a dedicated Department of Climate Change

I’ve recently met many school students, including those at St Bonaventure’s Primary School and at the School Strike for Climate demonstration in the centre of Bristol, who have demanded that the government makes climate change a top priority. One way of doing this, and suggested by students, is for the government to bring back a separate Department for Climate Change, rather than have responsibility for climate change thrown into the mix with other issues in the complex Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I believe this would help the government to focus more clearly on tackling our climate crisis. On Thursday 26 September I directly urged Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Andrea Leadsom to ask the Prime Minister to bring back the Department of Climate Change. A simple question that prompted a negative response.The Department of Energy and Climate Change was created in 2008 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take over responsibility for climate change from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It was closed down by Theresa May in July 2016 and responsibility for climate change was given to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Posted by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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