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Hearing reports the British House of Commons has declared a climate emergency. This is what good organizing does–and it's the first step to real change. Many thanks to @ExtinctionR, @ClimateStrike@GretaThunberg and everyone else!
Yesterday, as DW reported, after a week and a half of protests in London by climate change activists, the British Parliament has declared a symbolic “environment and climate change emergency.” Lawmakers backed a call by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, for “rapid and dramatic action” to protect the environment. The non-binding motion calls on Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to make proposals to Parliament in the next six months to “restore the UK’s natural environment and to deliver a circular, zero waste economy.”
Why This Matters: 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted out the important reminder that Parliament declared a climate emergency because they were continually pressured to do so by activists. Imagine what we could achieve in the United States if we used our power of protest and boycott to move lawmakers and companies who give to climate-denying politicians to change their actions? Given the money in the American political system makes it more difficult for average people to sway the votes of sitting lawmakers, we can’t underestimate our voice and ability to organize to ensure that we elect politicians who are willing to take bold action on climate change.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s disinformation campaigns on climate change after an undercover video released this summer showed an ExxonMobil lobbyist admitting that the company had fought against climate science. Executives from several big oil companies, the American Petroleum […]
The Biden administration has reached out to Congress on everything from a solar power blueprint to an infrastructure plan with tax incentives for clean energy which the President has called an “economic imperative and a national security imperative.” But the GOP has turned their trunk up at all of it — making the GOP refusal of otherwise bipartisan, common-sense measures an […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, the United States and the EU will convene to announce a global agreement to cut methane emissions. This announcement will occur after a virtual, closed-door climate summit in preparation for the COP26 this November. “We are grateful to be working with the European Union and partner countries […]
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