Grahame Morris MP is supporting the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill.
It is a Private Members’ Bill, and has been written by an alliance of scientists, lawyers and activists. It is gathering support from a broad range of campaign groups, businesses, charities and individuals.
The Bill was published on 2nd November. At present, it has cross-party support of 81 MPs.
Its objectives are to:
- Ensure that the UK plays its fair and proper role in limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees by:
- taking account of the UK’s entire greenhouse gas footprint domestically and internationally, necessitating real action on emissions reductions
- circumscribing reliance on speculative future carbon capture technologies
- Actively conserve the natural world by:
- protecting and restoring the UK’s ecosystems, with a focus on biodiversity, soils and natural carbon sinks
- mitigating the damage to nature caused by supply chains, domestically and internationally accounting for the UK’s ecological footprint
The Bill has a grassroots, people-led focus. It will see the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly to help the UK Government and UK Parliament decide the measures to include in the strategy. The Assembly will empower MPs to take the necessary decisions, and also allow people to have a real say in the pathway of a fair and just transition to a zero carbon society.
The Bill builds on the Climate Change Act 2008, with a focus on honesty and responsibility. It looks further than the UK’s domestic emissions by taking into account those produced internationally through aviation and shipping, as well as ‘consumption’ emissions produced through imports.
It also insists on a just transition to renewable energy sources, and will offer protection and support to industries and sectors impacted by the transition through retraining and financial support.
Grahame Morris MP attended an online event yesterday evening, organised by the CEE Bill Alliance. The event was chaired by Baroness Boycott, Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and formerly chair of The London Food Board.
Baroness Boycott was joined by a panel of experts, who discussed moral and ethical questions about how to go about addressing the climate crisis in a way that is fair and just, how to facilitate a transition that protects people’s jobs and futures and, crucially, how to persuade Government to get on board with the CEE Bill, ahead of COP26 next year.
Today, Labour has launched its Green Economic Recovery Plan. Labour is calling for the Government to deliver an economic recovery that will confront the combined challenges of the unemployment and climate crisis, and stimulate jobs and growth in every part of the UK.
It calls on Government to bring forward £30 billion in planned capital investment as part of a rapid stimulus package to support up to 400,000 new, clean jobs in manufacturing and other key sectors over the next 18 months. It focuses on accelerating investment in clean projects such as energy efficiency, flood prevention, offshore wind, cycling and walking infrastructure and the electric vehicle charging network would help to create secure, stable employment. It calls on Government to make the most of our country’s rich industrial knowledge and expertise to support our vital manufacturing sector, which will be crucial in the drive towards net zero.