UK Labour MEPs Call For an EU-Wide Climate Emergency Now!

The science is clear – unless we act quickly and decisively, our planet faces catastrophic climate chaos. The number of environmental refugees is expected to increase to 200 million people by 2050. Bangladesh could lose 11% of its land because of sea level rise and it has been estimated that by 2050 one in every seven people will be displaced in Bangladesh due to environmental impacts resulting from climate change.

The International Panel on Climate Change has stated that the only way to keep climate change at manageable levels is to restrict the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. On our current trajectory, we hit that level in 2030.

We urgently need efficient and long-lasting solutions for those countries most at risk and for the future of our children and our children’s children.

This week Labour MEPs have asked the Commission how they are addressing environmental refugees who are lacking adequate protection and access to basic human rights. We have also asked what bilateral dialogues are taking place with third countries to ensure persons displaced through climate change will receive support through EU projects.

In the North West of England, 18 local authorities including Liverpool, Manchester, Wirral, Preston, Blackpool, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Carlisle have all declared a climate emergency and committed to ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Only this week, we have seen the Environment Agency in Carlisle commit to a £25million flood defence scheme (Footnote 1). How many more areas in the North West will need flood defences in the coming years?

Theresa Griffin said:

“In the European Parliament, I led negotiations on behalf of the Socialist Group, of which UK Labour is a member, to enshrine minimum standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency into EU-wide law. I also led on the fight against energy poverty; also now enshrined in EU law.”

“Many countries, led by our young people, are now declaring climate emergencies.”

“This week sees Finland taking over the Presidency of the European Council. I strongly encourage the Finish government to see through its commitment to make climate action a top priority for the duration of its leadership of the Council.”

“I am also writing on behalf of the European Parliamentary Labour Party to the Presidents of the Socialist Group and the European Parliament calling for the Parliament as a whole to declare an EU-wide Climate Emergency.”

“Because we only have eleven years and one planet. It’s time to act.”

Notes for Editors:

2. Theresa speaking on the topic: