Brent FoE took part in this action organised by The Climate Coalition on June 30th.
Activists from all over the UK came together for a virtual lobby, urging MPs to put people, climate and nature at the heart of our nation’s recovery.
The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit.
Brent Central MP Dawn Butler wrote to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, following the Lobby:
As the Government sets out its much needed recovery plan for the UK economy post Covid-19, I am writing to ask that you ensure that these plans are green and are fair.
I hope that you will agree with me that green jobs and livelihoods must be at the heart of the economic recovery. Covid-19 has, understandably, distracted us from the issue of climate change but the threat of massive disruption, extremely costly in every way possible, is as present as ever.
As you will know, the Prime Minister has spoken of significant infrastructure building; all this building clearly needs to be planned in line with the best practice for mitigating climate change.
Instead of propping up declining, polluting industries that aren’t fit for purpose I believe we must future-proof livelihoods now by investing in cleaner, fairly paid and sustainable jobs. This needs to include re-training workforce's to ensure that everybody, wherever they live within the UK, can access decent work with a fair wage.
I specifically agree with Friends of the Earth that the Government should:
1. Create 40,000 new jobs and eradicate fuel poverty by rolling out a massive programme of home insulation.
2. Help transition workers from failing polluting industries into clean ones with a dedicated transition fund
3. Guarantee green jobs or training for those made unemployed because of Covid-19
4. Invest in making cycling and walking safe and easy for everyone
5. Reduce air pollution to World Health Organisation standards by 2030 including by investing additional money annually in clean, affordable public transport
6. Ensure access to high quality green spaces for all and create a new legal Right to a Healthy Environment
7. Meet our historical responsibility by providing significant climate finance to support the transition of the world’s poorer nations
8. End UK government investment in overseas coal, oil and gas projects and shift public spending into renewables and supporting a fair transition for workers
9. Only do trade deals that guarantee the highest standards of environmental and public health protection
10. Provide the nations and councils with significant new powers and the funding they need to deliver an inclusive and green recovery in their area
I hope you will agree with me, and Friends of the Earth, that now is the time to take ambitious and decisive action to protect jobs and our future environmental sustainability.
Dawn Butler MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Brent Central