In World First, UK Declares Climate Change Emergency

The House of Commons voted to declare a climate change emergency in the UK on 30 April 2019, making world history as the first country to ever do so. The move is largely symbolic, and time will tell if actions back it up. Still, it shows how radically climate politics are being rewritten.

Extinction Rebellion is a socio-political movement which uses nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 with about one hundred academics signing a call to action in support in October 2018.

They were demanding the government must declare a climate emergency and work with other institutions to make changes. The UK must enact legally binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025.
A citizens’ assembly must be formed to look after changes needed to achieve this goal.

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