Labour for a Green New Deal

Posted on 11-09-19 by Guildford CLP Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

Guildford CLP notes:

• To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we must keep temperature rises below 1.5°C.
• Over 1°C of warming has already taken place, causing floods, droughts, heatwaves, pollution, and deaths. The poorest - particularly in the Global South - suffer most. Tackling climate change tackles social, racial and economic injustice.
• Just 100 companies are responsible for most carbon emissions; and the Conservative government is deregulating the fossil fuel industry and cutting support for renewables.
• Labour has supported the youth strikes for climate and Extinction Rebellion, pushing the climate emergency up the national agenda. A Green New Deal is now a demand we must make.

Guildford CLP calls on the Labour Party to include a Green New Deal in the manifesto: a state-led programme of investment and regulation for the decarbonisation and transformation of our economy that reduces inequality and pursues efforts to keep global average temperature rises below 1.5°C.

To include:

• Commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030;
• Rapidly phasing out all fossil fuels;
• Large-scale investment in renewables;
• A just transition to well-paid, unionised, green jobs;
• Public, democratic ownership of the energy industry;
• Green public integrated transport that connects Britain;
• Supporting developing countries' climate transitions by increasing transfers of finance, technology and capacity;
• Assuring everyone's basic rights through the provision of affordable energy and public transport for all;
• Welcoming climate refugees while addressing the issues that cause the displacement of peoples.
• Policies to support the decarbonisation of farming and food production.

Referring to: Environment, Energy and Culture

The Environment, Energy and Culture Policy Commission is tasked with leading Labour’s policy development on the environment, food and rural affairs, energy and climate change, and culture, media and sport.

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