The climate and environment emergency we face is the biggest challenge facing the future of our country and of our planet. On 1st May 2019, the United Kingdom Parliament became the world’s first national legislature to declare a climate and environment emergency. Labour’s Plan for Nature sets out how we will take bold new actions in response to the environmental impacts of the climate and environment emergency. It is both our plan for climate change mitigation and nature restoration for net gain biodiversity. Our plans are built on the foundations of social justice, nationally and internationally. Protecting and enhancing the environment around us improves our own health and well-being. A Labour government will invest nearly £10 billion pounds over the next ten years to restore nature, adopting natural solutions to climate change, recovering our islands’ biodiversity, reducing waste and protecting vulnerable habitats and species both on land and in the seas around us. The climate emergency and the environment emergency interact with each other, with changes in one reinforcing changes in the other: global heating is melting the polar ice caps, which changes ocean salinity and temperature, which affects the role in the global carbon cycle of the microorganisms found in oceans which leads to more global heating and more depleted marine life. Similar cycles of reinforcing interactions can be found on land and in coastal boundary areas. A net loss of biodiversity blunts the tools with which we can mitigate climate change, which is now a direct driver of biodiversity loss and increasingly exacerbating the impacts of other drivers. On Mayday, Labour led calls on the Conservative government to publish by 1st November its urgent proposals to restore our country’s natural environment. We have heard nothing. Here, we introduce the steps a Labour government will take to make the transformative changes that are urgently needed to restore our natural environment and protect our planet.
Jeremy Corbyn and Sue Hayman