The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on 16 July 2021.
Reports of extreme flooding across Europe are extremely distressing. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this appalling situation, including the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.
We need governments around the world – including our own – to focus on delivering climate adaptation measures, including flood resilience. And crucially we need strong action to cut emissions because every extra fraction of a degree of warming makes extreme weather events more likely.
This awful tragedy, following extreme heat in Pakistan and Canada, shows that while the climate crisis is the biggest long-term threat our world faces it is already happening now with devastating effects. No country is doing enough – and future generations will not forgive us for standing by.