The Green Party of England and Wales has recently announced their support for the US re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement. President Biden re-entering the US into the agreement was a necessary step in tackling climate change moving forward.
“A cry for survival comes from the planet itself,” Biden said in his inaugural address, reports The Guardian. “A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear now.”
While the Green Party has welcomed the US back, they urge the UK government that as chair of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP) they are responsible for ensuring necessary global commitments to prevent the climate change.
“As COP chair the UK government needs to get its own house in order when it comes to climate change and demonstrate the global leadership required so that others can follow suit,” said Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley on their official website. “As long as it keeps opening new coal mines, expanding airports and building new roads its climate commitments cannot be taken seriously.”
It was on December 12, 2020 that the UK government formally submitted its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement to the United Nations. In the NDC, the UK committed to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
This year’s upcoming COP is the most crucial one yet. The US’ official return to the Paris agreement is a step in the right direction. However, England’s Green Party wants to see more from UK’s government and reminds them to act with great urgency.