We have seen the number and severity of extreme weather events, including heatwaves and wildfires, causing increasing alarm across the world. In the United States, more than 3.5 million acres have been burned. That’s one million more than at the same point in the 2020 fire season, which ended as the most destructive season on record.
These events occur as additional energy in the atmosphere, from toxic emissions, is unevenly distributed and bursts out in extremes. Tackling the Climate emergency by reducing emissions is essential if we are to avoid further devastation that these events cause to people and nature. It is important we continue to press this point.
I back Labour’s ambition to cut the substantial majority of our emissions by the end of this decade. This requires immediate and radical action. As a first step, I’m backing a £30bn investment in a green recovery from the pandemic.