1 Letter 17/06


Congratulations on your recent electoral victory. Whether you are a newly elected Member of Parliament or have successfully retained your seat, your achievement demonstrates the trust and confidence your constituents have placed in you. As you embark on this new chapter, I urge you to consider the critical issue of climate change, which demands urgent and decisive action.

It is disheartening to see that Labour is not going far enough in its commitments to tackle climate change. The recent decision to abandon the policy of spending £28bn a year on the green investment plan is a significant setback. With the world nearing the 1.5C global heating limit, as warned by the United Nations’ weather agency, and 2023 being confirmed as the hottest year on record by the World Meteorological Organization, it is clear that we are facing an accelerating climate crisis. Key indicators such as greenhouse gas pollution, ocean heat, and sea level rise have reached unprecedented levels, and violent weather extremes have been documented on every inhabited continent.

Investing now in measures to stop climate change is not just an environmental imperative but also an economic one. By taking bold action today, we can mitigate future economic damage and protect vulnerable communities from the worsening impacts of climate change. The growth in renewable energy, with a nearly 50% increase in capacity in 2023, shows that progress is possible. However, we must not lose momentum. I urge you to advocate for stronger climate policies and to reconsider the decision to scale back on green investment. The future of our planet and the well-being of future generations depend on the choices we make today.

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