The IPCC report is the starkest reminder yet that the climate crisis is here right now and is the biggest long-term threat we face.
It confirms that the extreme weather events of recent months, that have seen devastation across the world and many residents locally suffer from flooding, are only going to become more frequent. We need urgent action both to drive down emissions in this decisive decade and to adapt to the changes to our climate that are already baked in.
It’s not enough to acknowledge the problem but delay action. Our communities and planet can no longer afford the inaction of Boris Johnson and his unambitious government, who are failing to treat the crisis with the seriousness it deserves.
Tackling the climate crisis must be at the heart of every single thing we do. A Labour Government’s Green New Deal would create 400,000 green jobs, with £30bn in planned investment brought forward in manufacturing and low-carbon industries. We’d provide leadership on the international stage to ensure a global effort to tackle the climate and nature crisis and limit global heating to 1.5 degrees.