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Wadsworth backs the Climate and Ecology Emergency Bill

Thursday, 8 April 2021

We will need all of our ingenuity and imagination to prevent the impacts of climate change unfolding. As we see in the response to Covid-19 people can come together and our governments can, when they need to, do the “impossible”.

Wadsworth Parish Council has resolved to back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill which was introduced in parliament by the MP Caroline Lucas. Drafted by scientists, academics and lawyers, it will – if backed all the way by MPs – strengthen the Climate Change Act and ensure that Britain has a comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and restore our natural world.

The Committee on Climate Change says that the government’s 2050 net zero target gives us just a “greater than 50%” chance of limiting global heating to 1.5C if replicated across the world. We will need to make “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, according to the UN, to keep below that threshold, and the bill presents a roadmap to achieve this.

As the host of the UN climate conference this year, the government has a final opportunity to show the world, that it recognises the climate and nature emergency – and will deliver a serious plan to tackle it. Parliament now has a viable pathway to tackle this crisis.

Wadsworth Parish Council unanimously voted to support this bill.