Climate-change activists disappointed after meeting with British environment minister

Climate-change activists disappointed after meeting with British environment minister

They include declaring a national emergency on climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and establishing a Citizens Assembly for people to make decisions and suggest policies.

Following its large scale protests, a number of the group's representatives went to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to meet Mr Gove, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick and the prime minister's environmental advisor Lord Randall.

"Either they take steps to give our children the future they deserve or they do nothing".

The Labour motion would officially declare an environment and climate emergency, and pledge a response of "commensurate urgency", including more rapid action to reduce climate emissions, a boost for renewable and low-impact transport and energy, and wider efforts to create a greener economy.

"In order to protect life on earth, the UK Government must begin to tell the truth".

"Young people know this". It is not something any of us have done lightly but feel is a political necessity.

Jeremy Corbyn will urge MPs to take on their "historic duty" over climate change and back a Labour motion calling for the United Kingdom to declare a national environmental and climate-change emergency.

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He made clear then that he was ready to meet the protesters, saying: 'The point's been made, let's now have a serious conversation collectively about how we deal with this situation'.

'The time to act is now, the challenge could not be clearer, Greta you have been heard, ' Mr Gove told the teenager.

The environment secretary Michael Gove, who also saw Thunberg and met an Extinction Rebellion delegation on Tuesday, will respond for the government.

The meeting will be filmed and released to the public.

Mr Khan suffered a backlash on social media after declaring that London should return to "business as usual" after the protests. If this happens, it might be easier for politicians to convince the more sceptical about the need to take climate action.

But Dr Read, who used to be a Green city councillor for Wensum ward and is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of East Anglia, said afterwards: "The game seems to be up that the United Kingdom is a leader on climate change, the reality is we are just not". "We should show that we're making a difference rather than simply telling everyone how important it is to change".

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