Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, tells fellow MPs that an ambitious global agreement on tackling climate change is essential for economic growth.
At this week’s opposition day debate on climate change, Mr Irranca-Davies delivered a powerful speech to his fellow MPs in the House of Commons. In his speech, Mr Irranca-Davies stressed the crucial role the UK must play in helping to reach a global agreement on tacking climate change in the run up to the Paris climate change summit in December of this year.
The prognosis of the 2006 Stern Review was the starting point for Mr Irranca-Davies’ speech, with its stark warning that ignoring climate change now will eventually damage economic growth and could even cause major disruption to economic and social activity in the years to come.
Mr Irranca-Davies went on to stress the importance of reducing global reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels over the course of this century and looking to clean energy, renewable sources of energy and nuclear power as alternatives. His comments were made in light of the recent G7 summit in Germany where leaders agreed that there should be a ‘decarbonisation of the global economy over the course of this century.’ Mr Irranca-Davies welcomed the positive outcomes from the summit, but voiced the reservations made by Oxfam that the G7 must ensure that these are not empty words, and that decisive action is taken by these countries to phase out the use of fossil fuels.
In the run up to the General Election, all three party leaders signed a pledge brokered by the Green Alliance to work from here to Paris to reach a strong and legally binding global agreement on tackling climate change, with the UK playing its part in ensuring an ambitious outcome.
In his speech, Mr Irranca-Davies reminded the Prime Minister of his promise:
‘We need this Prime Minister who was decisive with his pen before the election to be equally decisive in his actions right now. This is the moment – not now, not later in the year – when his actions must speak as loud as his written words.’