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UK parliament declares “Climate Emergency”

by Futures Centre, May 3
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After a wave of youth protests, petitions and civil disobedience in the UK, parliament has become the first government in the world to declare an environmental and climate emergency. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on MPs to acknowledge the “devastating impact” climate change will have on every aspect of life. The motion has only been agreed by parliament so far, and so there are no legally binding obligations.

Suggestions for policies that can be implemented vary, but topics discussed include: banning all new oil and gas production (including fracking), introducing Frequent Flyer tax, and to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

 

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