The International Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority on climate science, released its major scientific report. It has been described as a ‘code red’ for humanity. The report found that human activity was “unequivocally” the cause of rapid changes to the climate, including sea level rises, melting polar ice and glaciers, heatwaves, floods and droughts. Despite this, scientists have said that catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast.
Sir Keir Starmer has set out Labour’s ambition to cut the substantial majority of our emissions by the end of this decade. As I have been calling for, this requires the government to act with the scale of change needed and to do so now. As a first step, I’m backing a £30bn investment in a green recovery from the pandemic. This would create hundreds of thousands of high-quality secure jobs in areas with higher-than average unemployment such as the North East.