The Climate Change Act has achieved a lot worth celebrating since it was introduced under the last Labour government 10 years ago.
It helped to position the UK as a world leader in the fight against climate change. However, there is still more that must be done.
Climate change is one of the greatest long term threats we face, but we can act. Increasing global temperatures can be stopped if the world can achieve net zero carbon emissions. If we reach net zero emissions before 2050 we can end the UK’s contribution to climate change.
That is why I am part of a growing list of well over 200 MPs and peers across all major parties who have come together to press the Prime Minister for a target of net zero emissions before 2050.
According to the latest report by the United Nations climate scientists, the IPCC, the world needs to reach net zero emissions by 2050 to have any chance of meeting the target of preventing global warming above 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. This was a target enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement.
The IPCC says that warming above 1.5C will be highly damaging, with more powerful storms, increased sea level rise, more forest fires, floods and drought. The UN body says it is technically feasible to achieve net zero emissions but it now requires an unprecedented level of political commitment across the global community.
We owe it to future generations to leave a world where people and nature can thrive.
The breadth of support for increased climate ambition is significant. I’m pleased to be a part of such momentous and unified voice for change. UK leadership for net zero emissions legislation can inspire the world to follow our lead.