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Failure at Copenhagen could last for life

Labour’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband MP has repeatedly called for all the world’s nations to prepare for radical change on climate change at Copenhagen.

For the first time, the Labour Government is publishing what the UK will be arguing for in the negotiations.

We want a deal that is:

  • Ambitious – limit climate change to 2 degrees, by making sure global greenhouse gas emissions peak and start to reduce by 2020, and keep on shrinking to reach at most half of their 1990 levels by 2050.
  • Effective – keep all countries to their word with strong monitoring, reporting and verification; and let money flow to where it will make most difference by developing carbon markets
  • Fair – support the poorest countries to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change.

Toby Perkins, said: “Climate change is the single biggest issue facing britain and the world over the coming decades. If we get our response wrong now, future generations will pay for it with their lives. I am pleased that our Prime Minister has been one of the first major world leaders to confirm that he will attend and support Ed’s call for Barack Obama to attend too.

We really must take the tough steps that are required now, which means a real investment in renewable energy sources, further development of clean coal technology alongside energy consumption reduction strategies.”

You can read more about Ed’s Pledge at www.labour.org.uk/edspledge/

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