Nia sup­ports cli­mate call

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

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.”

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