UK parliament has just become the very first nation in the world to be declared an ‘environment and climate emergency’.
It recognizes and validates the much-needed acknowledgement of the global warming crisis. After following a wave of protests in the last few weeks, the climate change activists’ concerns have finally been heard.
“MPs have passed a motion making the UK parliament the first in the world to declare an “environment and climate emergency”.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) May 1, 2019
The non-violent movement called Extinction Rebellion took place in many public places in order to make sure they were noticed. And now, they have.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, had hoped that the protest would ‘set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe’.
“We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US president Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis.” He said.
Introduced on May 1, the motion had Corbyn calling on MPs to acknowledge the ‘devastating impact’ climate change is having on the world and the species inhabiting it.
The motion was passed after Theresa May chose not to whip her MPs against Labour’s motion. Rather than that, she allowed and nodded at them to protest and campaign before local elections the next day.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove acknowledged the situation during the debate, saying, “the situation we face is an emergency”. However, unlike Labour, he didn’t declare it officially.
Gove said, “It is a crisis. It is a threat that all of us have to unite to meet. Five of the warmest years that this planet has endured have happened since 2010. The consequences for all of us are visible.
While statistics can sometimes be abstract and the impact can seem distant, we can all know that as individual citizens and as parents that the next generation will face the consequences if we do no take action now to deal with climate change.”
The cabinet minister is also going to ‘shortly’ introduce new legislation in order to make sure that the country has the ‘highest standards of environmental protection’.
According to Corbyn, we need to take a ‘rapid’ and ‘dramatic’ action ASAP. Otherwise, this world crisis will soon ‘spiral dangerously out of control’.
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