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Parliament Declared A Climate Emergency – Now It Must Ditch Fossil Fuels

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22.05.2019

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are now higher than at any time in human history. The alarming new milestone of 415ppm (parts per million) CO2 is stark evidence of our collective failure to rein in global greenhouse gas emissions.

And the consequences are becoming increasingly and terrifyingly visible: from Cyclone Idai wreaking havoc on communities in South-East Africa to the devastating news that sharp Arctic temperature rises could irreversibly tip the climate into run-away heating.

Public concern about this planetary crisis is hitting record highsaround the world, and the UK Parliament has responded by declaring a Climate Emergency. Now the only credible way forward for politicians is to act boldly and decisively to initiate a rapid and just transition to a zero-carbon society.

The guiding principles are clear: withdraw all political and financial support for fossil fuels and rapidly scale up clean energy solutions.

We can start the journey by taking a long hard look at what we are doing now. We hand out huge subsidies and tax breaks to fossil fuel companies. We funnel billions into dirty energy projects abroad. We promote new fossil fuel infrastructure, from airport expansion and coal mines in the UK to oil pipelines in the US. Investments are meant to build and secure our shared future - but all these fossil fuel........

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