An event to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the transformative Climate Change Act saw Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins pledge his support to the campaign for Net Zero emissions.
The event, sponsored by several leading environmental charities, also gave MPs a platform to discuss and learn what future action needs to be taken to fight against climate change and for a better future for all.
The Climate Change Act 2008 cemented the UK’s position as an international climate leader, and defined the climate change approach of all future UK governments. Since the Act, UK emissions have continued to fall dramatically. In 2017, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions were 43% below 1990 levels, and the UK continues to lead the way in efforts to tackle climate change, whilst ensuring economic growth and stability Toby joined forces with other MPs and campaigners to call for a net zero emissions target before 2050.
Toby signed a pledge signalling his support for the target, which would go a great deal towards fulfilling our international obligations on climate. Toby said “I’m happy to give my full support to ambitious action to tackle climate change. Whilst it may not be affecting us right now, it will dramatically change the prospects of our children’s lives down the line if strong action isn’t taken”
The net zero campaign has recently been gaining a lot of support from across all parties, businesses, and campaigners. After the recent warnings on climate change by the IPCC that to stop global warming, all countries must be net zero carbon polluters, climate leaders in the UK have stressed that the UK could go beyond its original commitment to reduce emissions by 80% – and instead initiate a strategic plan across industry, businesses and the government to meet a net zero level before 2050.