The environment is the bedrock of our economy, our security and our wellbeing. It is not something separate from ourselves; it is the food we eat and the place we live. But from forest fires in the Arctic Circle and rapidly declining insect and bird populations across Europe, to deadly heat waves and polluted air in British cities, it is clear that our current economic model is threatening the foundations on which human wellbeing depends.
In the words of UN Secretary General António Guterres, climate change is an “existential threat to humanity”. People living in the Global South are already being hit from decreasing rainfall and increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change. The UK is predicted to face a trebling of heat deaths by 2050, disruptive flooding and food insecurity if the government does not act. With the six warmest years on global record occurring in the last seven years, climate change is already here. It is now imperative that earth does not cross certain tipping points beyond which abrupt and irreversible impacts occur, like large sea level rise from ice sheet loss.
Addressing the environmental crisis requires a transformational effort from government, and that this is not a task for tomorrow’s leaders, but one that requires urgent interventions today. The Labour Party are putting forward ideas which would put the UK at the front of environmental action you can read and download a copy of our policies by clicking on The Green Transformation
Labour Party Members and Supporters are welcome to attend a discussion meeting on The Green Transformation next Wednesday 6th February, 7.30pm in The Claypath Deli.