Gill Furniss MP Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
This week COP26 kicked off in Glasgow, as the host the UK has a huge role to play in building a global coalition to take the action, we need to see to tackle the climate crisis. This is an opportunity like any we have seen before and the scope and gravity of the crisis is unlike any we have seen before on earth.
The UK and other countries are miles away from achieving the 1.5C limit, Glasgow must be a turning point and absolutely nobody wants the conference to fail. Throughout his premiership, Boris Johnson has had a last-minute approach to governing and diplomacy, he goes into things thinking ‘it will be alright on the night’. This is an extremely complex diplomatic summit that demands true leadership. Leadership that will invest in tackling the climate crisis and create secure green jobs, that will boost international aid to help countries cut emissions, work with the most emitting nations to phase out fossil fuels and ensure a just transition for workers, protect nature, and require FTSE100 companies to publish their carbon footprint data.
We’ll all be keeping a close eye on what comes out of COP26 and hoping that there will be a solid agreement on how we move tackle the climate crisis across the globe.