Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has called on Warrington Borough Council to declare an environment and climate emergency.
Faisal has written to Cllr Russ Bowden, leader of Warrington Borough Council, to advocate ‘urgent and concerted action’ to tackle the escalating international ecological crisis.
In an Opposition Day Debate on Wednesday, Faisal also encouraged MPs to do the same in their own constituencies and encourage councils to produce policies which protect our environment.
Following the debate, MPs voted to endorse a Labour motion declaring a formal climate and environment emergency. The vote was called following weeks of direct action from climate change activist groups, most notably including the school climate strikers and Extinction Rebellion. The
Welsh and Scottish governments have both already declared a climate emergency, along with 65 councils from across the UK.
‘Climate Emergency’ is an internationally recognised declaration being used around the world to publicly declare concern over the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings.
Faisal Rashid said:
“Last August, a small group of schoolchildren decided to walk out of school to take a stand against climate change. They inspired a global movement.
“In March, children walked out of schools in 2,233 cities and towns in 128 countries, with demonstrations held from across the globe.
“In one sense, they are a testament to the great power of protest, and a cause for hope in future generations.
“But their action is also an indictment of our global political leadership. Frankly, it is an embarrassment that it should take a group of schoolchildren to pressure us to act. Younger generations have exposed the abject failings of the world’s decision-makers.
“Climate change is happening at a terrifying pace. Only through urgent and coordinated action can we tackle this crisis. Doing nothing is simply not an option.
“In this country, we led the way in the industrial revolution, and it would be fitting if we were the architects of a green revolution today.”