“We should be talking about hope, not fear” statement on climate change

23 April 2019

Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, has updated the House of Commons on Climate Change Policy following the week of protests led by the Extinction Rebellion group.

Addressing the House, Claire Perry updated MPs on the UKs progress reducing carbon emissions, and set out other Government actions intended to tackle climate change. She said;

“There is no doubt that climate change is the most profound environmental challenge facing the world today, and one where more action is urgently needed. […] we should welcome the strong and growing pressure for more action to cut our emissions but we should also ensure that while we acknowledge the scale of the challenge ahead, we do try as hard as we can to build a consensus around change, so that communities across the UK, and indeed across the world, feel secure, feel optimistic and feel involved in our shift to decarbonise the economy.”

Responding, Barry Gardiner, the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change asked the Minister to elaborate on areas outside reduction of emissions. He said the Government were consistently missing targets in these areas.

He pressed the Minister to commit to more ambitious targets, promising that the Opposition would work as closely as possible with the Government to achieve these measures, including pursuing a zero-carbon goal, calling for "even greater ambition and action".

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