The comments made by Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, on 12 January 2021.
Tackling the climate emergency is the defining challenge of the next decade. It must be at the heart of our rebuild from this pandemic. The way we rebuild will determine the kind of society we live in, and the kind of planet we live on, for generations to come.
If we get this right, the fight against the climate emergency can create huge opportunities for our country. From good jobs in the industries of the future, to improved health and wellbeing and a more resilient natural world. That’s why Labour has called for a world-leading Green Economic Recovery; to protect jobs and communities as well as our planet.
Warm words from the Prime Minister have not been backed up with climate action at the level required. The climate emergency will be central to Labour’s agenda both now and at the next election. I was delighted to meet with climate and environmental leaders today to reiterate that commitment.