Coventry MP backs Climate Emergency Bill in Parliament

Zarah Sultana MP gave her support to a Bill in Parliament that would enshrine in law a new target for the UK to reduce emissions.

Pictured: Extinction Rebellion protesters in Westminster holding a banner in support of the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.

Zarah Sultana, the Labour MP for Coventry South, was one of 11 MPs to this week co-sponsor the cross-party Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill in Parliament.

The Bill, proposed by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, would enshrine in law a new target for the UK to reduce emissions and limit global temperatures to 1.5°C.

The legislation aimed at “closing the gaps” in the UK’s Climate Change Act of 2008 by including international aviation, shipping and supply chains in greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Ms Sultana joined the Brighton MP in the House of Commons as she presented the Bill.

The Bill was prepared by a group of scientists, academics, lawyers and campaigners and is designed to ensure the UK undertakes the “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is needed to avert a climate catastrophe.

It would place voters at the heart of net-zero decision-making by setting up a formal citizen’s assembly to work directly with ministers to draw up a strategy.

The Bill was presented in Parliament as Extinction Rebellion campaigners protested outside in Parliament Square and across Westminster, calling on the Government to act before it’s too late.

11 cross-party MPs sponsored the Bill, including MPs from the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

The Bill will next be presented in Parliament on 12 March 2021.

Speaking after the Bill was presented, Ms Sultana said: “There is no bigger threat to humanity than the climate emergency.

“The scientific evidence is beyond doubt: Unless bold, rapid action is taken, the climate crisis will mean more frequent, devastating extreme weather, with millions across the world forced to flee their homes.

“Instead of going back to the old, broken and destructive way of doing things, we need a recovery from COVID-19 that transfers wealth and power from the super-rich to the majority while building a green, sustainable economy for the future.

“This could create hundreds of thousands of good, new jobs here in the West Midlands at the same time as preventing climate disaster.”

To read more about the Bill, visit ceebill.uk/bill.