Tuesday 12 January 2021 / 6:22 PM Environment / Keir Starmer

Starmer – Tackling climate emergency must be at the heart of our rebuild from the pandemic

Keir Starmer has today argued that tackling the climate emergency must be at the heart of the UK’s rebuilding process after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starmer has set out his optimism that successfully tackling the climate crisis can benefit British jobs and wellbeing. He argued that “if we get this right, the fight against the climate emergency can create huge opportunities for our country.”

His comments follow a meeting with leading climate and environmental campaigners today alongside Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband, Shadow Climate Minster Matthew Pennycook and Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard.

The Labour leader warned that the climate and environmental emergency will be “the defining challenge of the next decade” and repeated Labour’s calls for a Green Economic Recovery from the pandemic. Reiterating Labour’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency, Starmer confirmed the issue “will be central to Labour’s agenda both now and at the next election.”

The meeting, convened by the Green Alliance, also included leaders of the National Trust, Greenpeace UK, RSPB, WWF UK, The Wildlife Trusts and Friends of the Earth.

 

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Tackling the climate emergency is the defining challenge of the next decade. It must be at the heart of our rebuild from this pandemic. The way we rebuild will determine the kind of society we live in, and the kind of planet we live on, for generations to come.

“If we get this right, the fight against the climate emergency can create huge opportunities for our country. From good jobs in the industries of the future, to improved health and wellbeing and a more resilient natural world. That’s why Labour has called for a world-leading Green Economic Recovery; to protect jobs and communities as well as our planet.

“Warm words from the Prime Minister have not been backed up with climate action at the level required. The climate emergency will be central to Labour’s agenda both now and at the next election. I was delighted to meet with climate and environmental leaders today to reiterate that commitment.”