3 Letter 17/06


Congratulations on your recent electoral triumph. Your success is a clear reflection of the faith and trust your constituents have placed in you. As you embark on this important journey, I urge you to give paramount importance to the critical issue of climate change, which demands immediate and resolute action.

It is deeply concerning that Labour’s current commitments to tackling climate change are insufficient. The decision to abandon the policy of allocating £28bn annually towards a green investment plan marks a significant setback. The United Nations’ weather agency has cautioned that the world is approaching the perilous 1.5C global heating threshold, and the World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that 2023 was the hottest year ever recorded. Indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions, ocean heat, and sea level rise have reached record highs, with violent weather extremes documented across all inhabited continents.

Investing in climate change mitigation now is not just an environmental imperative but also an economic one. Proactive measures today can avert substantial economic damage in the future and shield vulnerable communities from the intensifying impacts of climate change. The nearly 50% increase in renewable energy capacity in 2023 is evidence that progress is possible. However, it is crucial that we do not lose momentum. I implore you to champion robust climate policies and to reconsider the decision to reduce green investment. The future of our planet and the well-being of generations to come depend on the actions we take today.

Climate scientist Friederike Otto has highlighted the necessity of ceasing fossil fuel combustion to prevent further deterioration. The extreme temperatures at the beginning of 2024 may suggest an unexpected acceleration of the climate crisis. Andreas Fink has noted that extreme years like 2023 are foreseeable in current climate models. Simon Lewis has described the state of the climate as an “accelerating crisis” with worsening consequences on the horizon. Marine heatwaves impacted one-third of the world’s oceans daily in 2023, damaging ecosystems and food systems. Climate change has exacerbated extreme weather events, leading to acute food insecurity for 333 million people, primarily in Africa and South Asia. It is imperative that we confront these challenges with the urgency they demand.

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