On the same day as this most recent Queens Speech Caroline Lucas who is my MP submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM #1) to call on the Government to seriously address the climate change which over the last 3 days has been very evident in a number of parts of our Nation. Along with Caroline who is the primary author of the statement reproduced below, two SNP and three Labour MPs also sponsored it all on Friday the day after it was submitted. Since it was published there have been four more signatures, one more Labour MP and three Plaid Cymru MPs all on the Friday. It seems to make sense for MPs from all parties including the Conservative Party to sign this EDM so let us hope they will do so in the very near future.
“That this House notes this Government could be responsible for five of the remaining 11 years the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned are left to halve global emissions and limit warming to 1.5C; further notes that the Committee on Climate Change report in July 2019 revealed the Government had delivered just one of 25 critical policies needed to get on track to meet previous, less stringent, emissions targets than net zero by 2050, and that the UK’s climate credibility rested on decisive Government action over the subsequent 18 months; considers therefore that this Parliament will be regarded as the Climate Parliament and must seize this opportunity to ensure adequate action is taken to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown; welcomes the fact that the UK will host the UN climate summit COP26 in December 2020; considers success at this summit means recognising the moral imperative of doing everything possible to keep temperature rise to 1.5C, and the vast human cost to people around the world, including the UK, from extreme weather, food insecurity, sea level rise, and other events exacerbated by the climate crisis; urges the Government therefore to make addressing the climate emergency the central priority for domestic policy-making across all departments and on the global stage; and calls on the Government to enact a comprehensive Green New Deal, including the release of necessary funding to allow local authorities to lead, to rapidly decarbonise the entire UK economy while creating a fair and just society.”
Given that across Sussex, Surrey and Kent the impact of floods over the last few days and the fact that out of 45 MPs, so far just one has authored and signed this, our representatives in the region need to get on board as a matter of high priority.