Local Labour MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to prioritise climate change mitigation at the crucial upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Following a government statement on Australia’s wildfires crisis last week, the Ogmore MP, expressed his sorrow over the catastrophic fires that have plagued the country since late July. He also called on ministers to work internationally to solve the climate crisis.
Over 1 billion animals and 25 people are thought to have been killed so far during the wildfire season, which has seen in excess of 25 million acres of land burnt.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Australia’s Prime Minister may be in denial over the impact of climate change but the world is watching. We’re entering the final decade within which scientists assess we can mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. If we fail, the fires we’re seeing ravage Australia will just be the start.”
CHOGM 2020 is set to take place between 22 – 27 June in Rwanda, with the key theme being ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Energy and Environment is identified as one of the five sub-themes, alongside Governance and Rule of Law, ICT and Innovation, Youth, and Trade.
Chris Elmore MP added:
“The UK Government must work internationally, including through the Commonwealth, to ensure we bring about the imperative change we need on this issue.
“There is no “Planet B”. And this problem is not going away.”