News ID: 252129
Published: 1022 GMT April 30, 2019

Two-thirds of Britons agree planet is in a climate emergency

Two-thirds of Britons agree planet is in a climate emergency
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Two thirds of people in the UK recognize that there is a climate emergency and 76 percent say that they would cast their vote differently to protect the planet.

The findings, in a poll commissioned by Greenpeace, come as the group unveiled a detailed ‘climate manifesto’, listing 134 key actions they say the government should take immediately to ensure the UK hits zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, theguardian.com wrote.

The manifesto — which will be sent to MPs, policymakers, thinktanks and other experts for feedback — was released on Tuesday, a day before a parliamentary vote on whether to declare a national climate emergency.

This month the UK experienced the biggest civil disobedience protests for generations as Extinction Rebellion activists blocked roads, bridges and transport systems in London to highlight the escalating climate crisis. Millions of schoolchildren around the world have also taken to the streets to voice their growing alarm.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said the debate around environmentalism had been fundamentally altered by the protests.

“Climate activists, young and old, have put the UK government under enormous pressure to officially recognize the climate emergency we are facing.

“There is a real feeling of hope in the air that after several decades of climate campaigning the message is beginning to sink in. What we need now is to translate that feeling into action.”

Greenpeace’s manifesto lists 134 ‘practical actions’ the government can take covering power, heat, transport, buildings, industry, shipping and aviation, agriculture and nature. It says these actions, if taken together, would put the UK on course for achieving “net zero emissions well before 2045”.

The plan is also available on the Greenpeace website for public comment and critique.

Sauven said, “The government clearly needs help as they are not sure how to respond. So we have produced an action plan to show how, with a little bit of courage, the UK can help avert the climate crisis, and take responsibility for our historic emissions. The plan ensures the green transition is fair and democratic for all, with new jobs and economic benefits spread across the country.”

He added that it was vital that politicians devised a plan that worked for everyone, not just ‘climate activists.

“We want this action plan to feed into the many discussions springing up around the country on what is to be done. If you’ve got an idea that could help speed up the transition or expert knowledge on how your industry’s carbon emissions can be cut faster, we want to hear from you. Then the government will have even less of an excuse not to act.”

 

   
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