The UK’s new Parliament, elected in May last year, has a historic responsibility. It is the last Parliament that can take action to avoid runaway climate change. The science tells us that global emissions need to peak during the current decade and decline steeply thereafter. Representatives of all parties in the next Parliament will need to lead the UK toward this low carbon future.
There are huge benefits for countries who can take the lead in low carbon technologies and approaches, from energy security to more resilient communities.
The new Parliament in 2010 is the last window of opportunity to seize these opportunities and act to prevent serious, irreversible climate change. In other words, it is the Last Parliament.
Over the months leading up to the election, Green Alliance convened a distinguished cross-sectoral panel of experts, convened by Rebecca Willis for Green Alliance and chaired by Jonathon Porritt, to draw up an agenda for action on climate change in the new Parliament. The resulting report, The Last Parliament: priorities for urgent action on climate change, offers the new Parliament a clear set of priorities, and shows where progress is needed.
A short film of the Panel’s deliberations, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald, accompanies the report and is available here.
Download the report here.