Labour ‘not walking the talk’ despite call for climate emergency

Labour ‘not walking the talk’ despite call for climate emergency

Monday, April 29, 2019

Jonathan Bartley, the co-leader Green Party, has said that he welcomes Labour’s call for a vote to declare a climate emergency.

MPs will vote on Wednesday whether to declare an environmental and climate emergency following mass protests over political inaction in addressing the crisis.

Labour will force a Commons vote on the issue, one of the key demands of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement, whose activists paralysed parts of London in previous weeks.

However the co-leader added that the Labour Party was not “walking the talk” with their policies.

Mr Bartley told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I think it is great that Labour are talking about it and it is certainly rising up the agenda.

“We are really concerned that it is not just about a green industrial revolution but also about making the right choices.

“Labour is continuing to back fossil fuel subsidies, backing airport expansion and HS2, which will destroy 100 ancient woodlands. This emergency needs to be backed up by action.

“It does not seem like they are walking the talk.”

The Green Party co-leader suggested scrapping HS2 and using the money to fund better local transport systems.

“We always talk about getting people out of their cars,” he said.

“Everyone knows congestion is a pain so if we give people local, accessible, cheap transport that is regular and works, people will be able to take that to work or school instead. That is what people really want.”

Donnachadh McCarthy, an Extinction Rebellion activist told Julia that calling a climate emergency would mean “the government admitting that we face an existential threat”.

He suggested that to avoid the threat people would need to change the way they eat and warm their homes.

“We are saying to people that if we continue to have a high-meat diet, our children will have no food,” he added.

“We are killing our soils and if we don’t have live soil then our children won’t have food.”

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