Harlow Labour are set to call a climate emergency, as Jeremy Corbyn calls on all councils to do the same.
Jeremy Corbyn visited Cheshire today to call on communities across the country to do, as Harlow Labour are doing, and do more to tackle climate change.
“We have no time to waste. The scale and severity of the climate emergency requires urgent action in every community across our country and across the world. We are living in a climate crisis that will spiral dangerously out of control unless we take rapid and dramatic action.
“Climate justice is about social justice. It is working class communities in inner-city areas that suffer the worst effects of air pollution. Around the world, it is the poorest people who are already paying a heavy price of this crisis while the super-rich and the big corporations, who are most responsible for emissions, can afford to look after themselves.
“Local government and local communities are absolutely essential to confronting the climate emergency. Action from above by people sitting in offices in Whitehall and Westminster alone will never deliver the change we need.
“But individual action is also not enough, and the invisible hand of the market will not save us. We need a collective response that empowers people. An emergency of this magnitude requires concerted and urgent action at every level to take on the polluters and secure our planet’s future.”
Mark Ingall, Leader of Harlow Council reacted to the news by saying “I am delighted that Jeremy Corbyn is taking the Climate emergency so seriously, the situation is perilous but not beyond repair yet.
We share his concern; Harlow Labour are moving a motion in the next full Council meeting that will commit us to taking steps to combat climate change, planting over 1,000 trees, encouraging the use of electric vehicles and cutting down on our use of single-use plastics.
But we need a national and international response to really make a difference. Let’s hope where Labour lead the rest will follow.”
Labour’s Parliamentary candidate Laura McAlpine added “It’s welcome news that Jeremy Corbyn is calling on communities across Britain to declare a climate emergency. Harlow Council have already tabled a motion to declare a climate emergency here in Harlow.”
I am proud to be speaking at the Climate Change Action Day in the town park this Saturday, along with Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion. It’s important to raise awareness on how collectively we can make a difference.
It is an utter disgrace that this Tory Government do not share our concerns. If they were serious about tackling climate change, they would not have pushed through legislation to increase VAT to 20% on energy efficient and renewable technologies like wind or water turbines, and yet VAT on fossil fuels remains at 5%.
When Labour are in government we will deliver on our plan for a Green Industrial Revolution transforming working-class communities like Harlow, across Britain.