Close
Date TimeApril 30, 2019
VoiceWe are coming together across party lines to ally the issue of climate change with social transformation
Let’s seize the moment and create a Green New Deal for the UK
Three things stand out from the recent youth climate strikes, the visit of Greta Thunberg and the peaceful protests of Extinction Rebellion. The first is the call for truth. The campaigners have all been united in their call for politicians and policymakers to tell the truth about climate change – its impacts and the scale of the response required. The second has been the demand to treat the climate crisis as an emergency and the recognition that “business as usual” is now in effect a form of “climate appeasement”. The third has been the sense of hope. An increasing number of people, young and old, see that the way we run our economy is damaging our climate, our environment and our society, but that, crucially, it is within our power to change it for the better. And change it we must.
On Tuesday, the Institute for Public Policy Research launches its Environmental Justice Commission and we are coming together across Conservative, Labour and Green parties to serve on it. We are doing so with a very specific task in mind: to ally the issue of climate change with the economic and social transformation that we believe our country and citizens so urgently need and deserve. To act on that sense of hope.
This means committing to a transformational plan for a Green New Deal, an unprecedented mobilisation and deployment of resources to tackle the accelerating climate crisis and transform our economy and society for all.
Ours is a country where people are asking how we can revive communities that have been left out of prosperity, with levels of inequality that should shame us all. People want to know that the great companies and industries of the future will thrive within planetary limits. And people are asking not just about whether they and their children will be able to get work, but what the quality of that work will be and what skills we will all need.
Yet too often the issue of climate change seems marginal to the public’s concerns, when it is in fact central. The case for tackling climate change cannot simply be situated within technocratic arguments about technology and targets. These matter a lot, but in making the case in this way it can seem irrelevant to more pressing concerns. Unless we rightly situate climate change within the everyday concerns that people have about their jobs, the fairness of society and the future for their kids and grandkids, we will fail.
And failure is not an option. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned of the serious consequences if global average temperatures rise by more than 1.5C. We now have only 11 years to take decisive action. We already see 1C of warming and accompanying extreme weather events, including heatwaves and droughts, while sea levels rise. Later this week, the Committee on Climate Change will publish its advice on when we need to meet net-zero emissions. It is imperative to meet our international responsibilities for implementing the Paris agreement on climate change and pursue an accelerated path to limit warming to no more than 1.5C.
Let’s seize the moment and create a Green New Deal for the UK
Doing so will require a commitment, and a plan. We need to mobilise a carbon army of workers to retrofit and insulate homes, cutting bills, reducing emissions and making people’s lives better. We need to move to sustainable forms of transport and zero-carbon vehicles as quickly as possible, saving thousands of lives from air pollution. We need to end the opposition to onshore wind power and position ourselves as a global centre of excellence for renewable manufacturing. And we need to protect and restore threatened habitats, and to secure major transitions in agriculture and diets that are essential if we are to meet our obligations. Just in these areas of policy we already see an answer to the immediate economic concerns people have: jobs and hope. Green jobs must be secure and decently paid, with a central role for trade unions in a just transition for all workers and communities affected.
No doubt some people will say that the UK should not act on these issues alone. We disagree. We believe there is economic and societal advantage, not detriment, in doing so. We also believe our leadership can make a difference. It was the moral authority from the world-leading cross-party Climate Change Act of 2008 that has allowed successive governments to have international influence, including on the groundbreaking Paris agreement. If the government aspires to host the next UN COP climate change summit in 2020, the meeting that will determine the world’s climate change commitments, then we will need to increase our ambition here at home, set out a clear plan and start making some challenging decisions now.
It is time for the UK to lead again and the commission will aim to help shape that leadership. And when people ask how we can bring the country together, we believe this issue has the potential to do so. For some, it will be the climate issue that motivates them, for others the economic and social justice gains that can be achieved in the war against climate change. For many it will be all of these. We owe it to our country and its future to make this happen.

Related Stories
Queen Elizabeth Wouldnt Allow Prince William and Kate Middleton to Get Divorced, Heres WhyQueen Elizabeth Wouldn't Allow Prince William and Kate Middleton to Get Divorced, Here's Why
Kate Middleton attends Donald Trump state banquet in white lace dressKate Middleton attends Donald Trump state banquet in white lace dress
Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections resultChange UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections result
Suspect arrested in soccer star Emiliano Sala’s fatal plane crashSuspect arrested in soccer star Emiliano Sala’s fatal plane crash
Boris Johnson To Face Jeremy Hunt In Final Run-Off For Tory Leadership As Michael Gove Knocked OutBoris Johnson To Face Jeremy Hunt In Final Run-Off For Tory Leadership As Michael Gove Knocked Out
BBC defends Jo Brand after she says: Why bother with milkshake when you could get some battery acid?BBC defends Jo Brand after she says: 'Why bother with milkshake when you could get some battery acid?'
Dubais Princess Haya battles billionaire ruler husband in UK High CourtDubai's Princess Haya battles billionaire ruler husband in UK High Court
Oxford University accepts £150m from US private equity bossOxford University accepts £150m from US private equity boss
Boris Johnson pledges new determination to leave EU by 31 OctoberBoris Johnson pledges new determination to leave EU by 31 October
Donald Trump Boasts About Meeting The Prince Of WhalesDonald Trump Boasts About Meeting The 'Prince Of Whales'
News Trends
Kylie Jenner Doesnt Want to Marry Travis ScottKylie Jenner Doesn't Want to Marry Travis Scott
Rep. Ilhan Omar Receives Heros Welcome Home Amid Trump AttacksRep. Ilhan Omar Receives Hero's Welcome Home Amid Trump Attacks
Britons urged to help record influx of painted lady butterfliesBritons urged to help record influx of painted lady butterflies
Beyoncés Lion King album is more about Beyoncé than The Lion KingBeyoncé's Lion King album is more about Beyoncé than The Lion King
Sajid Javid praises Nigel Farage in speech on extremismSajid Javid praises Nigel Farage in speech on extremism
BBC and ITV to launch BritBox streaming service to rival NetflixBBC and ITV to launch BritBox streaming service to rival Netflix
Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump for reported help to free A$AP RockyKim Kardashian West thanks Trump for reported help to free A$AP Rocky
The US shoots down an Iranian drone, and Trump draws a red lineThe US shoots down an Iranian drone, and Trump draws a red line
Tiger Woods sore and scraping it around at the OpenTiger Woods 'sore' and 'scraping' it around at the Open
Trump says he disagrees with racist chant against Ilhan OmarTrump says he 'disagrees' with racist chant against Ilhan Omar
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Theresa-MayTheresa May
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Related Stories
Queen Elizabeth Wouldnt Allow Prince William and Kate Middleton to Get Divorced, Heres WhyQueen Elizabeth Wouldn't Allow Prince William and Kate Middleton to Get Divorced, Here's Why
Kate Middleton attends Donald Trump state banquet in white lace dressKate Middleton attends Donald Trump state banquet in white lace dress
Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections resultChange UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections result
Suspect arrested in soccer star Emiliano Sala’s fatal plane crashSuspect arrested in soccer star Emiliano Sala’s fatal plane crash
Boris Johnson To Face Jeremy Hunt In Final Run-Off For Tory Leadership As Michael Gove Knocked OutBoris Johnson To Face Jeremy Hunt In Final Run-Off For Tory Leadership As Michael Gove Knocked Out
BBC defends Jo Brand after she says: Why bother with milkshake when you could get some battery acid?BBC defends Jo Brand after she says: 'Why bother with milkshake when you could get some battery acid?'
Dubais Princess Haya battles billionaire ruler husband in UK High CourtDubai's Princess Haya battles billionaire ruler husband in UK High Court
Oxford University accepts £150m from US private equity bossOxford University accepts £150m from US private equity boss
Boris Johnson pledges new determination to leave EU by 31 OctoberBoris Johnson pledges new determination to leave EU by 31 October
Donald Trump Boasts About Meeting The Prince Of WhalesDonald Trump Boasts About Meeting The 'Prince Of Whales'
News Trends
Kylie Jenner Doesnt Want to Marry Travis ScottKylie Jenner Doesn't Want to Marry Travis Scott
Rep. Ilhan Omar Receives Heros Welcome Home Amid Trump AttacksRep. Ilhan Omar Receives Hero's Welcome Home Amid Trump Attacks
Britons urged to help record influx of painted lady butterfliesBritons urged to help record influx of painted lady butterflies
Beyoncés Lion King album is more about Beyoncé than The Lion KingBeyoncé's Lion King album is more about Beyoncé than The Lion King
Sajid Javid praises Nigel Farage in speech on extremismSajid Javid praises Nigel Farage in speech on extremism
BBC and ITV to launch BritBox streaming service to rival NetflixBBC and ITV to launch BritBox streaming service to rival Netflix
Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump for reported help to free A$AP RockyKim Kardashian West thanks Trump for reported help to free A$AP Rocky
The US shoots down an Iranian drone, and Trump draws a red lineThe US shoots down an Iranian drone, and Trump draws a red line
Tiger Woods sore and scraping it around at the OpenTiger Woods 'sore' and 'scraping' it around at the Open
Trump says he disagrees with racist chant against Ilhan OmarTrump says he 'disagrees' with racist chant against Ilhan Omar
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Theresa-MayTheresa May
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
This Elon Musk Comment Should Terrify Tesla Investors
Police: 8 shot, 1 fatally, in latest Baltimore shooting
Model Tales Soares Dies After Collapsing On Catwalk At Sao Paulo Fashion Week
Glastonbury resale: What time are tickets on sale and how do I get them?
Elliott wins NASCAR race at Talladega
Tony Slattery: ‘I had a very happy time until I went slightly barmy’
'Game of Thrones' Gaze Turns South in Episode 4 Trailer
The universe is younger and expanding faster than we thought, a new study found and we may need new physics as a result
SpaceX and NASA close ranks after the mystery crew capsule incident as details remain scant
San Diego police identify synagogue shooting suspect – video
Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup
Mo Farah Finishes Fifth In London Marathon After Controversial Week
NASA's InSight Mission Detects Its First Marsquake
Putin: Maria Butina's sentence is 'lawlessness'
Donald Trump to withdraw US from Arms Trade Treaty
'Avengers: Endgame' Star Chris Evans for Men's Journal Magazine
Fake heiress Anna Sorokin found guilty after fooling banks and New York's elite
World Championship 2019: Mark Selby loses to Gary Wilson
Sam Donaldson Explains How Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Lying Is Unprecedented
Idris Elba marries Sabrina Dhowre in Morocco
‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Canceled After Three Seasons at Netflix
Facebook investigated by New York AG over email harvesting
Joe Biden Announces 2020 US Presidential Bid
Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond will include Rami Malek as the bad guy
Parents of murdered AJ Freund, 5, ‘made him stand under freezing shower to punish him’
Stefanie Sherk, Actress and Wife to Demian Bichir, Dies at 43
NFL Draft 2019: Giants pick Daniel Jones, Dwayne Haskins LAUGHS and fans are shocked
Plan for Banksy art gallery in Port Talbot may be under threat
Lord of the Rings star in fiery CLASH with Caroline Lucas on BBC QT 'Our last GREAT hope'
Taylor Swift releases her new song 'ME!'
Lyra McKee funeral: politicians urged to seize the moment
The Greta Thunberg effect: her activism in London in two minutes - video
Jennifer Garner thinks her face on cover of People's Beautiful Issue is 'so ridiculous'
Rapper Bun B Shoots Armed Robber in His Houston Home
SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident Another Bump in the Road for Commercial Crew
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wrote a sweet birthday message for Prince Louis, but some people think it broke royal protocol
Elon Musk told this Reddit user they 'should interview at Tesla', here's why
‘His career was incredible’. Billy McNeill was a winner as player and manager
Natalie Portman makes a surprise appearance at the Avengers: Endgame premiere
Seahawks, Chiefs blow up NFL draft with Frank Clark trade
Jared Kushner dubs Trump-Russia investigation 'a big distraction'
Vanessa Hudgens reveals why she is ‘grateful’ for her romance with Zac Efron
Tesla to Investigate Car That Appeared to Burst Into Flames in Shanghai
Stephen Graham says This Is England role nearly ended his acting career
Maisie Williams could show 'as much or as little' as she wanted in shocking 'Game of Thrones' sex scene
Sri Lanka Attacks: Asos Billionaire Loses Three Children In Easter Sunday Blasts
These 10 Democrats Want Trump Impeached
Rep. Seth Moulton Launches 2020 Presidential Bid
Why observe Earth Day on April 22?
Beyoncé lands $60M deal with Netflix
Tesla’s Elon Musk could earn up to $2.2 billion from stock options
Paris police use tear gas against 'yellow vest' protesters
Adele announces separation from husband Simon Konecki
Elizabeth Warren says House should start impeachment proceedings for Trump
Michelle Williams and her husband, musician Phil Elverum, have split
These Wisps Around Black Holes Could Reveal How the Cosmic Beasts Eat
'Boyz n the Hood' director John Singleton suffers stroke: report
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez wants ONE thing to STAY - Michael Owen reveals what he's heard
Johnny Depp Allegedly Tried to Get Amber Heard Fired From Aquaman
Kourtney Kardashian's ex Younes Bendjima attends her 40th birthday party
Emma Thompson Joins Extinction Rebellion In Climate Change Protest
Lil Dicky drops the music video of his environmental anthem, 'Earth'
Dissecting Taylor Swift’s April 26 clues
The cause of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire remains unknown. Everything else is a rumor
Kathie Lee Gifford Reacts to Hoda Kotb’s Surprise Baby News
Westbrook vows to play better after loss
Mark Carney tells global banks they cannot ignore climate change dangers
Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' is as black as it can be
SpaceX loses Falcon Heavy's center booster to the sea
Why Netflix Has A 'Game Of Thrones' Problem
Trump Campaign Makes Minnesota An Early 2020 Target
Actor Lori Loughlin, other parents plead not guilty in U.S. college admissions case
Georgia Engel, who played Georgette on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died
Would you visit a 'fake' Notre Dame? You're already doing it at other sites
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks win with record extension
Coachella day three review: Ariana Grande on fire and Pusha T on an iceberg
Man, Woman, and Robot in Ian McEwan’s New Novel
Thousands join Extinction Rebellion protests across London
Hillsborough: Jury fails to reach verdict in David Duckenfield trial
Sarah Hyland Shows Off Her Toned Abs In Green Sports Bra While Hitting The Gym
Facebook investors launch desperate bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg
Uber IPO: Former CEO Travis Kalanick to earn billions
Chinese GP: Bottas Takes Pole For His 1000th F1 Race, Hamilton Finishes 2nd in Qualifying
BTS performed on SNL and fans went crazy
Interview with American Top Team’s Dustin Poirier who headlines UFC 236 for a title
The Perfect Date review: Netflix’s latest Noah Centineo movie is fine
Ariana Grande, who has opened up about PTSD, posts images of her brain scans on Instagram
Tesla Shifts Gears, Again, and Some Fans Are Losing Patience
Julian Assange arrest: justice or a threat to free press?
Annunziata Rees-Mogg to stand as MEP for Farage's Brexit party
Comedians pay tribute to Ian Cognito after standup dies on stage
Jaden Smith Shouts Out Nipsey Hussle, Rides Flying Car During Coachella Set
‘Guava Island’ First Look: Childish Gambino’s Mystery Project With Rihanna Is Unveiled
Is New Taylor Swift Music on the Way? Countdown Clock Suggests April 26 Release
Vasiliy Lomachenko defeats Anthony Crolla with fourth-round knockout
Katie Bouman, the MIT grad who made first-ever photograph of black hole possible
Trick or treat? EU, UK agree to delay Brexit until Halloween
Pavelski's painful goal sparks Sharks' take down of Vegas
Jane the Virgin's Latest Cliffhanger Creates Torture For Everyone
Good-bye glaciers: 390 billion tons of snow and ice melts each year as globe warms
Will Emmanuel Macron veto Theresa May's Brexit extension?
Farewell Fleabag: the most electrifying, devastating TV in years
Chris Davis sets record at 0 for 49, including warning track shot
Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions cheating case
Dean Ambrose’s Last WWE Match Becomes Brawl With Bobby Lashley
Twenty prison officers injured after violence at Feltham youth jail
Debenhams on brink despite Mike Ashley's last-minute offer
Humans are about to see the first-ever photo of a 'supermassive' black hole. Here what we hope to discover
At Least 6 People Shot in Chicago: Police
Pushing for Tighter Borders, President Asks Jews for Support
'Game Of Thrones' Castmates Turn Up To Ask 'SNL' Host Kit Harington How It All Ends
Charlie Rowley: Novichok victim meets Russian ambassador
Rapper Kodak Black accused of sexual assault: Prosecutor
Texas Tech's historic national title shot, courtesy of hero Matt Mooney
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break Guinness World Record with new Instagram account
Lauren Sanchez Files for Divorce After Bezos Split Finalized
Judge orders Elon Musk and the SEC to settle Tesla tweet dispute
Trump's threat to close the border was just a trap for Democrats
Mick Jagger 'on the mend' following heart surgery
Britain starts issuing passports without 'European Union' on cover
Grand National 2019 sees awkward moment as six attendees wear same PrettyLittleThing dress
Falcon Heavy SpaceX Launch Will Mark First Commercial Mission
Kurt Cobain died 25 years ago today. A fan recalls seeing Nirvana play on the verge of fame
Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to ‘Old Town Road.’ Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?
Tesla is selling fewer cars, but says it has ‘sufficient’ cash
Joker Trailer: First Look At Joaquin Phoenix As DC Villain In New Clips
Ohio teen tells investigators he's Timmothy Pitzen, child who disappeared in Illinois in 2011: report
Britney Spears reportedly checks herself into mental health facility
Bryce Harper embraces return to Washington
‘This Is Us’ finale ends season with a slew of new questions
Supermodel Amber Rose Announces She’s Expecting Her Second Child
‘Thrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie dazzles at NYC premiere
Trump lashes out at Democrats over Puerto Rico aid vote
Kim Kardashian reveals baby name she's considering for fourth child
Ernie Grunfeld fired as president of the Washington Wizards
Avengers Endgame tickets ballot opens for HUGE fan event in London: How to enter
Tania Mallet, Bond girl in 'Goldfinger,' dies aged 77
‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Returns With Its New Star: Kanye West?
Rare glimpse into Saudi Aramco shows $111 billion net profit
Google adds Snake to Maps for April Fools' Day gag
Nipsey Hussle: Grammy-nominated rapper shot dead in LA
NASA Announces Successful Completion of ISS Spacewalk
Kylie Jenner Speaks Out About Jordyn Woods' Lip Kip Price Cut After Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal
Saudis gained access to Amazon CEO Bezos' phone: Bezos' security chief
Brexit: Theresa May considers next step to break deadlock
Charles Leclerc pips Sebastian Vettel to Bahrain F1 pole on Ferrari’s day
Kash Ali disqualified for biting David Price in bizarre heavyweight bout
Attorney: NBA star Kristaps Porzingis is accused of rape
Suspect charged in slaying of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson
The Rolling Stones postpone U.S. shows, citing advice of Mick jagger's doctors
Purdue’s Carsen Edwards can match Steph Curry NCAA Tournament scoring mark
NASA will pay people $19000 to stay in bed for 2 months
Trump mocks Green New Deal, pokes fun at electric cars during Michigan rally
Texas Tech passes Michigan exam ... but bigger test awaits
Miami Open: Roger Federer reaches quarters, Simona Halep eyes No. 1 ranking
Anger and irreverence on the Brexit Day that wasn't
Justin Bieber Takes a Break From Music To Focus on Mental Health
Cardi B Is Defending Herself After A Video Showed Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men: I Always Own My Shit
Conor McGregor reportedly under investigation for sexual assault
Jussie Smollett: Chicago mayor attacks 'whitewash of justice' as charges dropped
Ranking Roger Dead: The Beat And General Public Singer Dies, Aged 56
Mission Shakti, a long-desired capability tested
Vandals strike again: Downtown statue of Queen Victoria doused in green paint
Government could ignore indicative Brexit votes, says Liam Fox
Scott Walker, experimental pop hero, dies aged 76
Mel B Claims She Slept With Geri Halliwell During Spice Girls Era
‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience
Sydney Aiello, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, dies by suicide
Larry Cohen, Writer-Director of 'It's Alive' and 'Hell Up in Harlem,' Dies at 77
Kylie Jenner Doubles Down On Being A 'Self Made' Billionaire
Robert Mueller report will be a gold mine of improprieties. Trump shouldn't celebrate yet
Brexit stitch up: Revoke Article 50 petition hits 4 million – could pass 5 million TONIGHT
Barbra Streisand criticized after saying experience 'didn't kill' Michael Jackson accusers
Persona 5: The Royal Announced for PS4
The Obamas Show Support For Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's Engagement in the Sweetest Way
Trump to lift 'not necessary' North Korea sanctions, White House confirms
Historic Midwest flooding devastates Nebraska, Iowa
Brooke Henderson three back after opening round of LPGA Thailand
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Honor New Zealand Shooting Victims
Mike Trout and LA Angels close to $430m deal, largest in sports history
Donald Trump suggests Brazil could join Nato as he meets Jair Bolsonaro
Here’s how you’ll access Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service
Will Jennifer Lopez Use a Cheating Clause in Her Prenup With Alex Rodriguez?
Chelsea Clinton Apologizes To Students Who Blame Her For NZ Attack
Australian Senator Fraser Anning punches teen after being egged
Lewis Hamilton responds to Valtteri Bottas message after Australian GP battle
Taylor Swift debuts pink hair at iHeartRadio Music Awards
Glastonbury 2019 Line-Up Announced With The Killers And The Cure Joining Stormzy As Headliners
Tesla Model Y: Musk's latest electric vehicle is almost here
'Avengers: Endgame' recruits a familiar face to save the world in new trailer: 'Whatever it takes'
Mosque attacks spark outrage, fuel concern over Islamophobia
New Zealand shooting: PewDiePie reacts after gunman named him before Christchurch attack
New Zealand Shooting: At Least 49 Dead After Massacre At New Zealand Mosques
Crew of Soyuz launch abort set for second try
Why a Kardashian-Jenner Biopic May Be in Our Near Future
Netflix confirms Madeleine McCann documentary release date
F1 race director Charlie Whiting dead
Triple Frontier Review: As They Say, Greed Is a Bottomless Pit
South Florida native Lamar Jackson records Instagram video of himself driving 105 MPH
The Tesla Model Y Is Coming, But Who Is Ready For It?
Close