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UK Labour Party to Force Climate Emergency Vote


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Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:51 GMT

Britain's opposition Labour Party is expected to force a vote this week to declare a national climate change emergency, following the 11-days of protests that have gridlocked parts of central London.

"On Wednesday, the UK Parliament will have the chance to be the first in the world to declare an environment and climate emergency, which we hope will trigger a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the world," party leader Jeremy Corbyn said late Saturday April 27th. 

According to AFP, Corbyn will demand that the country takes action to help avoid more than 1.5 degrees centigrade of warming, requiring global emissions to be cut by almost half of 2010 levels by 2030. 

Corbyn said that the recent protests were "a massive and necessary wake-up call" that demanded "rapid and dramatic action."

Environmentalists used festive but highly disruptive rallies to focus global attention on climate change, bringing parts of central London to a standstill.

The entire campaign saw police make 1,130 arrests and press charges against 69 people. 

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist behind the new wave of protests, called it "a great first step." 

"We cannot solve an emergency without treating it like an emergency," she added.