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Responding to the Climate Emergency - Role of Parliament

12:00pm to 2:00pm
Law and policy

On 1 May 2019 the UK parliament became the world's first national parliament to declare a climate and ecological emergency. Earlier, the Welsh Parliament and the Scottish First Minister had joined 90 councils around the country, to declare a climate emergency.

Since then the government has announced it will legislate for Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 by amending the UK's Climate Change Act. What do these declarations mean? Are they platitudes to pacify youth climate strikers and Extinction Rebellion protesters, or do they signify a true commitment to decarbonise the economy and tackle climate change?

What is the role of Parliament and how can legislators address the climate emergency and respond to the public call for action? Is the UK Parliament fit for purpose or weakened in the context of Brexit? Are new constitutional arrangements needed to effectively tackle the climate emergency? Organised by GLOBE International with the Club of Rome on the opening day of London Climate Action Week, this event will address these and other questions.

Chaired by Barry Gardiner MP, the event will be opened by Roundhouse Youth Poet, Rokaya Fetuga. Members of Parliament will be joined by contributors including Sandrine Dixon-Decleve, President, Club of Rome;Nick Mabey, CEO, E3G and founder of London Climate Action Week, Ed Matthew, Coordinator of the UK Net Zero Campaign; Malini Mehra, CEO, GLOBE International secretariat and others.

This event connects with the Student-MP Climate Surgeries facilitated by GLOBE International at participating MPs surgeries across London on Friday 5th July #FridaysForFuture. An effort to support youth voice & engagement on climate change during London Climate Action Week.

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