Nia supports climate call
LLANELLI’S MP Nia Griffith was in Parliament last Wednesday to support Labour’s call for the UK Government to declare a climate and environment emergency.
While the climate emergency motion was not supported by Conservative Government MPs, it was approved by the House of Commons, following a similar declaration by the Welsh Government last month.
This declaration was one of the key demands of the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion protest movement she has inspired.
Opening the climate emergency debate, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged MPs to accept their “historic duty” and back Labour’s motion. He used his speech to make the case for “rapid and dramatic action” on social and environmental justice.
Ms Griffith said: “I am pleased that MPs backed our motion to declare a climate and environment emergency and made Britain the first country in the world to do so.
“A large number of constituents have written to me about climate change over the last few months.
“This renewed interest is thanks in large part to the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, whom I was lucky to see when she came to give a powerful speech in Parliament, and the millions of people she has inspired to speak up about climate change and demand stronger action.”